The Department of Political Science admits approximately 16 new graduate students each year, selected from approximately 200 applications. Our entering class is typically around 10 students.

The deadline for application for admission to graduate study and the award of financial assistance is December 15 (most years). Decisions are made in late February or early March and announced by March 15.

A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and results of the Graduate Record Examination are required for application. Students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL examinations or provide other evidence of fluency in English (such as a degree from an institution in which the language of instruction is English). A broad background in the liberal arts and sciences is preferred.

More information on applying can be found on the Krieger Graduate Admissions and Enrollment site.

All applications should be submitted online.

Financial Support

The department ordinarily provides financial aid to all students admitted to the graduate program unless they hold fellowships from sources outside the university. Departmental fellowships cover full tuition and an annual stipend. Assuming satisfactory progress toward the PhD, students can normally expect to receive funding for five years. All students receiving financial aid are expected to serve as teaching assistants for one semester of each academic year beginning their second year at the university.