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The University of Michigan Political Science department is one of the premier political science programs in the country and welcomes applicants from all institutions and backgrounds. We strive for a diverse student body, value applications from various groups of prospective students and employ a holistic approach when reviewing applications.

Each fall, the Department of Political Science accepts applications for admission to our doctoral program. Applications become available in September and are accepted until December 15 for admission the following fall. The required method for submission of applications is via the Rackham Graduate School online application.

The Department does not offer a terminal master's program; students seeking a master's degree in Political Science will not be able to apply to our program.

Listed below are all of the required materials for a complete application to the Department of Political Science and the most Frequesntly Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the application process to the graduate program in Political Science. Click on a question to see the answer. If your question is unanswered here, please contact Megan Gosling, graduate program coordinator, at