The Department of Political Science and International
Relations establishes admissions requirements. Our decision to admit an
applicant to the graduate program is primarily based on:
- On-line application
- GRE scores: competitive scores are generally 150 quantitative/150 verbal. Scores may not be over five years old.
- Unofficial transcript containing GPA (recommended GPA is 3.5 or above or equivalent).
- Three letters of recommendation that speak to your academic performance and potential
- Statement of purpose articulating why you are interested in a PhD in Political Science, what you hope to do with that degree and the reasons you are applying to our program.
- TOEFL (minimum 600/250/100) or IELTS (7.5) for international students
- Writing sample: is strongly encouraged. An academic piece from a course or thesis is recommended. The ETS University of Delaware institution code is 5811. If your goal is to receive a PhD, please apply to the PhD program (whether you have a BA or an MA). Application deadline is January 15.
A $75 application fee can be paid via credit card when the online application is submitted.
Unofficial transcripts may be submitted as part of your online application. An official transcript may be requested at a later date.
Please follow the instructions given on the Graduate Admissions website for uploading letters of recommendation/resume/statement of objectives/personal statement.
The writing sample may be a course paper, a chapter of a BA or MA degree thesis, or a published work that best reflects the applicant’s writing and research aptitudes.
A writing sample or additional documents must be submitted as part of your online application.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required. A score of at least 600 for the paper-based test or a score of 100 on the internet-based test is preferred for consideration for admission.
Normally, a 3.25 overall and 3.5 in major field and 3.5 in any prior graduate work in political science is preferred for consideration for admission.
No, the Political Science and International Relations graduate program does not accept students for Spring admission. All of our students begin their coursework in September, in the Fall semester.
Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Those who meet stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.
The department funds the majority of
graduate students through graduate assistantships, usually in the form of
Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. All applicants are
considered for these assistantships at the time of their application. In
addition, the department offers a Soles Fellowship for an
incoming student interested in civic engagement or public service.
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