Admission Deadlines and Required Materials

The following is information on deadlines and required documents for admission consideration into our graduate programs. We are looking for students who are of outstanding academic caliber that we feel have compatible research and/or professional interests with our department. Please note, All applications and supplemental materials must be submitted online.

Fall Application Deadlines:

  • January 10: Application deadline for PhD in Political Science
  • February 1: Priority deadline for Master’s applicants interested in College awards consideration.
  • May 1: International Master’s applicants – rolling admissions up to this date.
  • August 1: Non-international Master’s applicants – rolling admissions up to this date.
  • August 25: Non-international special student applications. This is for non-degree part time study only.

Spring Application Deadlines (Master’s Only)

  • October 1: International Master’s applicants – rolling admissions up to this date.
  • December 1: Non-international Master’s applicants – rolling admissions up to this date.
  • December 15: Non-international special student applications. This is for non-degree part time study only.

Admission Materials

Applicants seeking admission to any of our graduate programs must submit the following through the online application system. Please do not mail or e-mail materials to the Department of Political Science.

  1. Online graduate school application and fee
  2. Three letters of recommendation submitted via online application process (preferably, at least two  from faculty at the applicant’s undergraduate or prior graduate institution.)
  3. Unofficial copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. (These are uploaded as part of the online application process.)
  4. A personal statement (These are typically 1-2 pages (sometimes longer for PhD applicants). Applicants are encouraged to discuss their research interests within their personal statement as well as the applicability of the degree to their professional goals.)
  5. A current resume
  6. A writing sample (No more than 10 pages, preferably from within the discipline. Sections of longer papers or theses are acceptable samples.)
  7. Aptitude scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)Northeastern’s school code is 3682. No department code is required.
  8. Proven English language proficiency (International students only. See northeastern.edu/cssh/graduate/admissions/international-applicants for details)