Prospective Students

Admissions for New Students

Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D./M.A. Program in Political Science.  To apply for Fall 2019 admission to the program , please click here
  • The deadline for Fall 2019 Ph.D. applications is December 15, 2018 (no Ph.D. applications will be accepted after December 15th).
  • The deadline for Fall 2019 M. A. applications is December 15, 2018 (priority consideration for M.A. applications only).
  • The deadline for final consideration for Fall 2019 M.A. applications is April 15, 2019 (no M.A. applications will be accepted after April 15th).
Program financial awards are for Ph.D. students only.

The application process for the Ph.D. /M.A. Program requires the following:

  1. A minimum of 24 credits of undergraduate work in acceptable courses of Political Science, History, Economics, Sociology, or related fields.
  2. All applicants to the Program are required to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In addition, applicants who have not studied and earned a degree in an English-speaking country are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language  (TOEFL), even if the primary language of instruction was English.
  3. A personal statement
  4. Writing samples 
  5. Transcripts
  6. Letter of Recommendations

If you have any questions or want more information about admission to the program, please email  For more information, consult the Admissions Office webpage

Helpful Tips for Program Applicants from the Admissions Committee:

GRE scores do matter. The Program never waives them, so arrange to take GREs in time to meet the application deadline.

Your statement of purpose should discuss your research interests and the work you would like to do as a political scientist. We are interested in how you view yourself as a future professional. See the attached document for writing a successful statement of purpose.

Carefully edit your statement of purpose. We are interested in your ability to write well and communicate ideas persuasively.

Please make sure that you provide two academic references from professors who can attest to your scholarly ability and performance.

We will not review incomplete applications.  Make sure that all supporting materials are received in time to meet the application deadline.

The PhD program accepts a maximum of 21 credits from other graduate programs, and the MA program accepts a maximum of 12 credits from other graduate programs.  Transfer credit evaluations are made during the student’s first semester.


Students applying for Readmission to the Political Science Program must submit their completed Application for Readmission to the Office of the Registrar by April 15 for Fall semester readmission. All Applications for Readmission will be reviewed by the Political Science Program’s Admissions Committee.

Financial Aid

Our top applicants for the Fall semester will receive fellowships which include stipends, five-year tuition awards at the in-state level and teaching assignments at CUNY colleges during the second, third, and fourth years of the fellowship.  Students will be notified as other sources of funding become available.  University Fellowships, based on academic merit and financial need, will continue to be made available to eligible students. Fellowships and assistantships may carry partial or full tuition waivers. A limited number of dissertation awards and fellowships, other grants, and adjunct lectureship positions may also available.

Full time doctoral students enrolled in our program who teach on a CUNY campus are entitled to tuition remission at in-state rates.

For more information on financial aid available through the University, see the Office of Financial Aid web site. Students wishing to apply for financial assistance should refer to the listing of awards in the Student Bulletin or online for application dates and other pertinent information. An admissions applicant seeking financial assistance must submit both the admissions and financial forms and supporting documents by the award deadline date.

The Graduate Center maintains the A-Z Grants and Resources Database, which is an excellent source of funding information.



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