Frequently Asked Questions

Below are questions prospective graduate students frequently ask. Please feel free to send an email if your question is not listed below. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or DGA Assistant.

Can you tell me what GRE score I would need to be competitive for the graduate program?

Successful applicants generally have a GPA of 3.5 or above, but are expected to have a minimum of 3.2. The combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score should be at least 308 and the Writing, a 3.5 or higher. Exceptions to these thresholds are sometimes made.

Who should write letters of recommendation for my application?

  • If you are a current undergraduate, your letters of recommendation should come from faculty members, especially political science faculty.
  • If you are not a current undergraduate, not only do we want letters of recommendation from faculty who know you, we also want a letter from your current employer, if applicable.

What are my chances of being accepted?

We typically receive more than 350 applications to our PhD program but can only matriculate 12-15 students a year which means we must regretfully refuse admission to a large number of otherwise qualified applicants. No one factor determines whether an applicant is admitted or not. It is our practice to review all of the information included in admissions files before reaching a final decision. Carefully review our How to Apply section for guidance in preparing your application.