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.
The department is committed to holistic review of applicants’ readiness for graduate study. We examine a number of measures including past academic performance, writing skills, relevant experience, understanding of social scientific methodologies, and capacity to conceptualize research questions.
Admissions is granted for Fall term only. The deadline to apply is January 10th.
Domestic applicants have three steps in the admissions process, while International applicants have four steps in the 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 the Registrar
IV. International applicants only: submit financial documentation to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services
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:
- Upload a Statement of Purpose
- 2-3 pages outlining your interest in political science and your career aspirations.
- 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 the Registrar (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
- Upload a Writing Sample
- This short writing sample may be a Thesis chapter, a published article, a course research paper, or some other academic writing that shows your research ability and writing skills
- Indicate if you would like to be considered for a Graduate Employee appointment and input any relevant experience
- 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
- Report your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores – WAIVED FOR FALL 2021 APPLICANTS DUE TO COVID-19
- 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
- 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
- FOR FALL 2021 ADMISSIONS ONLY: the Graduate School will accept a Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 115 or higher in place of a TOEFL or IELTS score
- Optional items: you may upload other evidence that may be helpful (e.g.: resume, CV)
- Be sure your application is complete prior to authorizing payment, as changes cannot be made after payment has been submitted
- Upload a Statement of Purpose
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.
- Official GRE score report from the Educational Testing Service (E.T.S.) – WAIVED FOR FALL 2021 APPLICANTS DUE TO COVID-19
- 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 the Registrar
The following must be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar. Please use the listed codes (where applicable) to ensure that official scores reach the University.
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- TOEFL, IELTS, or Transcript showing language proficiency
- Institution Code – 4846
- FOR FALL 2021 ADMISSION ONLY: the Graduate School will accept a Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 115 or higher in place of a TOEFL or IELTS score
Send to:Office of the Registrar 5257 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403
IV. International applicants only: submit financial documents to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services
International applicants must provide their source(s) of funding and financial documentation to verify they have the capability to pay for the first year of study at the UO by completing the Financial Certification & Immigration Information Form.
Find financial information, required documentation, and submission instructions on the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website.
For questions about the graduate admissions process, contact Tish Ramey, Graduate Coordinator.