All applicants to the University of Mississippi Department of Political Science Graduate Program should hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, have a competitive undergraduate grade-point average, and have earned competitive scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants for whom English is not the native language must demonstrate linguistic proficiency suitable for graduate-level study by achieving a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants also must submit three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and a brief essay outlining their substantive interests in political science (for example, American politics and judicial politics) and the career goals for which a graduate degree will prepare them. Fulfilling the minimum standard is not a guarantee of admission.
Applicants should specify whether they are applying for the master’s or doctoral program. Admission to the doctoral program is open to students without a master’s degree. All applicants will be considered for non-need-based financial aid.
The deadline for Fall admissions is February 15th; for Spring admissions, the deadline is October 1st. To request an application or to receive more information, please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Jonathan Winburn.
You can also apply online from the University of Mississippi Graduate School’s website; however, you will still have to mail the supplementary materials to our department.