Admissions & Degree Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the graduate program, students must first meet Graduate College admission requirements as described in the Graduate College Bulletin.

The Political Science Department expects students seeking admittance to graduate work will have successfully completed at least 24 hours of undergraduate study in political science or 15 hours in political science plus nine of another social science field. Students lacking this preparation will be considered for admission but they may be asked to commence their studies with additional courses in order to be fully prepared for graduate work. Additional coursework will be determined in consultation with the Director of Graduate Programs in Political Science at the time of enrollment.

To seek admission, students must apply directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions by submitting the official online application form along with transcripts, application fee, and all departmental required application materials, as detailed below. Students whose native language is not English will be required to submit their scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL institutional code for the University of Oklahoma is 6879.

Graduate Admission Application

The application deadline for Fall 2017 is February 1, 2017.

The Admissions Committee reviews applications once annually, following the February 1 deadline. Only complete applications are considered. In reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee undertakes a comprehensive examination of all elements of the application file. In addition to the application to the Graduate College described above, students must submit the following materials with your online application:

  • Scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); While there is no fixed minimum for admission, and GRE scores are only one piece of evidence considered by the Admissions Committee, mean scores for admitted students have been in the range of 300-315 (verbal + quantitative) in recent years. The GRE institutional code for the University of Oklahoma is 6879. The political science code is 1902.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons in a position to speak knowledgeably about the applicant’s academic ability. Typically, these would be academic references rather than personal acquaintances or employers.
  • A typed statement of about 1,000 words explaining the applicant’s specific academic background, objectives in pursuing graduate study, career goals, and academic fields of interests. A compelling statement is a critical part of the application; the applicant should invest substantial time in crafting the personal statement.

  • A writing sample

The Department of Political Science announces admissions decisions around March 1.


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