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Admissions Process

Admission preference is given to doctoral applicants. Applicants are not required to hold a master’s degree in order to apply to the doctoral program. If your main goal is to get a PhD in Political Science, you should apply directly to the doctoral program.

Admissions is granted for Fall term only. The deadline to apply is February 1st.

There are three steps to the admissions application process:

I.     Complete the Online Graduate Application for Political Science
II.    Submit Official Documents to the Department of Political Science
III.   Submit Official Documents to the Office of Admissions

 I.    Online Graduate Application

When completing the online graduate application, be sure to remember your login credentials so that you can track your application progress. The application consists of the following sections:

  • Personal Information
  • Residency Information
  • Educational Information
  • Department Application – opens on September 16th of each year. Be prepared to:
    1. Upload a Statement of Purpose
      • 2-3 pages outlining your interest in political science and your career aspirations.
    2. Upload transcripts from all institutions you have attended
      • Unofficial transcripts are fine for the department’s application but official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions (see below)
      • Successful applicants usually have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for all undergraduate and graduate academic work
      • Although an undergraduate major in political science is not a prerequisite for admission, the committee takes into consideration previous academic work in political science
    3. Indicate if you would like to be considered for a Graduate Employee appointment and input any relevant experience
    4. Input contact information (name, position, institution, and email) from at least three recommenders
      • It is preferable if recommenders are instructors from whom courses have been taken, however, non-instructor recommendations will be considered
    5. Report your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
      • GRE scores must be less than 5 years old at time of application
      • Successful applicants usually have a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 or above
    6. Applicants whose native language is not English must report scores for the TOEFL, IELTS, or upload a transcript that shows language proficiency
      • A minimum TOEFL score of 575 (paper-based), 88 (internet-based), or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0  is required. Scores must be less than 2 years old at time of application
      • Applicants may also satisfy the language proficiency requirement by submitting a degree transcript(s) proving that they have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom
    7. Optional items: you may upload other evidence that may be helpful (e.g.: resume, CV, writing samples)
    8. Payment
      • Be sure your application is complete prior to authorizing payment, as changes cannot be made after payment has been submitted

II.     Submit Official Documents to the Department of Political Science

The following must be submitted directly to the Department of Political Science. Please use the listed codes below to ensure that your official scores reach us.

  1. Official GRE score report from the Educational Testing Service (E.T.S.)
    • Institution Code – 4846
    • Department Code – 1902

Send to:

Department of Political Science
Graduate Coordinator
1284 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1284

III.      Submit Official Documents to the Office of Admissions

The following must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions. Please use the listed codes (where applicable) to ensure that official scores reach the University.

  1. Transcripts from all colleges attended
  2. TOEFL, IELTS, or Transcript showing language proficiency
    • Institution Code – 4846

Send to:

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217

 For questions about the graduate admissions process, contact Tish Ramey, Graduate Coordinator.



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