Admissions Information

Admission to the doctoral program is very competitive. Applications to begin study in the Ph.D. program in the fall, including all supporting materials, are due by December 1. We do not offer spring admission to this program. Decisions are made in January and February and students have until April 15 to respond. 

Please note that the fall admission deadline for our Legal Institutions and Theory program is April 1 (February 1 for tuition award consideration) and the spring admission deadline is October 1.

We do occasionally accept students into the M.A. degree program in Political Science. The fall admission deadline for this program is April 1 (February 1 for fellowship consideration). We do not offer spring admission to this program. Students interested in an M.A. degree in international relations or comparative politics are also encouraged to investigate the offerings at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

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Graduate Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Direct Stafford, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS, and private alternative loans to students who have been admitted to one of our graduate degree or approved graduate certificate programs. Visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance in the ground floor of the Marvin Center to learn more.

Graduate Financial Assistance