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Department of Political Science
University of Mississippi

Admission Procedures

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 and have a competitive undergraduate grade-point average. For 2022 we do NOT require the submission for Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

Admission to the doctoral program is open to all students with at least a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree is not required for consideration for the doctoral program.

Applicants for whom English is not the native language must demonstrate linguistic proficiency suitable for graduate-level study by satisfying the Graduate School requirement for non-native English speakers. For more information:


Applications must include:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample
  • Personal Statement outlining substantive interests in political science (for example, American politics and judicial politics) and the career goals for which a graduate degree will prepare them
  • Official transcripts


Fulfilling the minimum standard is not a guarantee of admission. Applicants should specify whether they are applying for the master’s or doctoral program. All applicants will be considered for non-need-based financial aid. The deadline for Fall admissions is February 15th.

Under special circumstances, we will consider Spring admissions (October 15th deadline).  In most cases, this requires having a master’s degree.


Please apply online from the University of Mississippi Graduate School’s website

To request additional information, please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Benjamin T. Jones.

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