Admission Procedures

Request an Application

Those seeking to apply to the Graduate Program can apply online.

Applicants will be asked to include a transcript, at least three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and a statement outlining plans for graduate study. International students whose native language is not English should refer to the English Proficiency Requirement instituted by the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

  • WE RECOMMEND ALL APPLICANT SUBMIT THEIR TRANSCRIPTS, RECOMMENDATIONS AND TEST SCORES PRIOR TO SUBMITTING THE ONLINE APPLICATION TO ENSURE ALL DOCUMENTS ARE RECEIVED BEFORE THE DEADLINE.
  • IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT THE POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT TO DETERMINE IF YOUR APPLICATION IS COMPLETE.

Deadlines

Admission and Financial Assistance applications are accepted for the fall semester only. Financial aid is limited to PhD candidates.
The deadline for September admission is December 1.

Please note that applications, as well as credentials and supplementary materials, must be submitted by the deadline.

Applicants should apply online and transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
705 Commonwealth Avenue
Room 112
Boston, MA 02215
617-353-2696

Please do not direct applications to the Department of Political Science.

Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to hold a BA, preferably in political science or in a related discipline such as economics, philosophy, sociology, international relations or history. Depending on their qualifications, applicants from other disciplines will also be considered.

Graduate Exams and Scores:
Native English speakers with GRE verbal scores below the 80th percentile, math scores below the 50th percentile, or analytical scores below 5 have little chance of admission in the absence of compelling compensating factors. Non-native English speakers with GRE verbal scores below the 25th percentile, math scores below the 30th percentile, or analytical scores below 1.9 have little chance of admission in the absence of compelling compensating factors. The departmental minimum requirement for the TOEFL is 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (internet score). The TOEFL requirement is waived only if the applicant has received or expects to receive an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in any of the following countries prior to enrollment in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland.
The minimum IELT score is 8.

ETS Institution Code: The ETS Institutional code for the School of Arts and Sciences is “3087.”