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Department of Political Science

University of Mississippi

Application and 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, have a competitive undergraduate grade-point average, and have earned competitive scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

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 achieving a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper test (213 on the TOEFL CBT and 79 on the TOEFL IBT).

For more information on the program, please see the UM Political Science brochure.

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. Jonathan Winburn.

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