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Admission to the MA or PhD programs in Political Science is open to students who hold a bachelor's degree. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is recommended for admission to the graduate programs.
Students admitted to the PhD program who do not already hold a master’s degree can earn the MA degree as part of their doctoral studies.
Students in the master’s program who have completed, or are in the final stage of completing, the MA degree at the University at Buffalo must formally apply for admission to the PhD program in order to pursue the doctoral degree.
U.S. citizens may apply for admission on a part-time basis. However, doctoral students should be aware of the residency requirement and 7-year time limit to achieve the PhD.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The following deadlines are recommended.
Step 1: Apply Online
Students who wish to pursue a PhD, MA or joint JD degree in the Department of Political Science must submit an online application and copies of their unofficial transcripts* via the application system.
Step 2: Submit Additional Supplemental Materials
Step 3: Pay the Application Fee
The non-refundable graduate application fee is $75 U.S. (payable online via ePay or by check or money order made payable to the University at Buffalo). After you formally submit your application, you will receive an email with additional instructions for submitting your payment. Currently, UB accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Applicants to the MA in Political Science who reside in New York State are eligible to apply for an application fee waiver courtesy of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, provided they have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and meet the admissions deadlines.
International applicants must also provide the following:
Official results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination. Request official scores to be sent directly to the Department of Political Science. (University code: 2925; Department code: 1999). The University at Buffalo requires international students to have a minimum TOEFL score above 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) or 79 on the internet-based test (iBT). The department generally requires higher scores, especially for admission to the PhD program.***
A certified copy of the International Applicant Financial Form (with applicable supporting documents and signatures). Applicants must show documentation of enough funds for one academic year, in U.S. dollars.