Students who meet the requirements of the Graduate School and show evidence of strong academic performance and scholarly potential are invited to apply. Admission preference is given to students with course work in Political Science or related social sciences. Entering students should have completed undergraduate course work in American political processes, as well as course work in social science methodology equivalent to Political Science 366 Research in Politics. Any deficiencies must be satisfied during the student's first quarter if possible.
Prerequisites for the Master of Arts in Political Science, and Political Science-Environmental Studies are the same. For the Master of Arts in Political Science-Environmental Studies, additional consideration is given to applicants who have a background in environmental studies, natural science, or a related field.
The Political Science program only accepts new Graduate candidates Fall Quarter. To ensure consideration for Fall Quarter, complete applications must be received in the Graduate School by February 1st. After the deadline, applications may be accepted on a space available basis. Contact the Graduate School before submitting an application after the deadline.
- Applications are submitted to the Graduate School
- Graduate School Application, submit online at www.wwu.edu/depts/gradschool
- Application fee: $60.00, must be paid on-line with a credit card
- Official Transcripts (one from each institution attended, unless applicant is a WWU student)
- Three letters of reference, use this form: Graduate School reference form
- Writing sample (paper demonstrating writing ability)
- GRE scores (not required if you hold an advanced degree - Masters, PhD, etc.)
- Statement of Purpose - two pages explaining reasons for pursuing graduate work in Political Science.
- Potential thesis topics (may be included in statement of purpose)
- Name two prospective faculty mentors, view faculty research interests here. (may be included in the statement of purpose)
- Departmental Scholarship application (optional)
- Graduate Teaching Assistantship Application (optional)
The Political Science Graduate Committee approves admissions. Students are admitted to the program only upon agreement of a Faculty Advisor. Admission decisions are generally made in early to mid March.
Applicants should refer to the Graduate School for general information on Graduate School policies and procedures.