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Admissions and GRE statistics for the past
several years
are available for viewing.

1. Select Twin Cities Graduate Programs
2. Select Political Science
3. Select Program Statistics

As a globally ranked university, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is an excellent choice for any student pursuing a doctorate in political science. The metropolitan area offers you a vibrant, culturally diverse community, while the department offers world-renowned faculty with global connections who specialize in a variety areas. You will find that it is well worth the time and energy it takes to apply to the graduate program in political science.

To apply to the PhD program, you must complete the ApplyYourself online application. All materials should be uploaded to ApplyYourself, including:

  • unofficial transcripts
  • research and diversity statements
  • GRE scores
  • three letters of recommendation
  • curriculum vitae or resume
  • writing sample
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for non-native English speakers)

Graduate School operational standards for English language proficiency assessment tests are here.

All admitted students receive full funding for five years; no additional application is required.

The Department of Political Science admits to the PhD program for the fall semester only.The deadline to apply is December 15th. A master's degree is not a requirement for admission to the PhD. Note that the department receives 170-200 applicants to the program and 17% are admitted.

Contact the Graduate Program Assistant, Jessie Eastman, if you have additional questions ( or 612-624-1187).