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Political Science

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Cecilia Castillo
UAC, Room 355B

Advisor Support
Dodie Weidner
UAC, Room 355

Department of Political Science
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Graduate students find exceptional resources at their fingertips. With a large full-time faculty, students have the opportunity for a close intellectual exchange with professors. Texas State is also a depository for federal and state government documents as well as a member of the Council of Research and Academic Libraries.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. 33 Thesis No minor

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review important information about the ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international credential fee (if applicable)

  Effective Fall 2019 and beyond

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree in political science from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work: political science undergraduate minor or at least nine hours of upper-level course work in political science or related field

  If your last-60-hours GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, or you do not have the undergraduate degree, minor, or upper-level course work, official GRE scores (general test only) are required. Read additional information below.

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores (general test only) not required unless the last-60-hours GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, or you do not have the undergraduate degree, minor, or upper-level course work. Read additional information below.

  Review important information about official test scores.


  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (minimum 500 words)
  • three letters of recommendation
  • writing sample (minimum five pages, double-spaced) from a political science course or social science/humanities course

  Review important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review important information about official test scores.

Additional Information

  GPA/Background Course Work and GRE Requirement

If your last-60-hours GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, or you do not have the undergraduate degree, minor, or upper-level course work, the official GRE (general test only) with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing sections will be required in order to be considered for conditional admission.* Our office will notify you via email should this occur.

*Conditional admission is not available to applicants who require "F" or "J" visas.