How to Apply
Ready to apply? Fill out the online application.
Supporting materials may be sent to the Graduate School at:
UNH Graduate School
105 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
To apply to the Political Science Program, you must apply online through the Graduate School. Collect and submit all additional supporting materials in one packet and send to the Graduate School, not to the Political Science Department.
The Department of Political Science considers all applicants for the MA degree equally, irrespective of race, class, sex, gender, etc. Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s overall record of achievement, both academic and otherwise and his/her potential for success in the MA program. Specific considerations for admission (in no particular order) include: undergraduate institution coursework and GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, awards and scholarships, and professional experience. While we have no strict "cut-off" for GPA or GRE, successful applicants have proven records of success as evidenced by their entire application packages. Applications must also meet the standards of the UNH Graduate School. Applicants are expected to have majored in political science or a related field, or have worked in government or the nonprofit sector. Where undergraduate preparation has been insufficient, applicants may be admitted provided that they follow a program of study approved by the chairperson.
The GRE general test is required for the MA. For MPA applicants, only those applying for financial aid consideration from the Department of Political Science (graduate assistantship, tuition scholarship) are required to include GRE test scores with the application.
Personal statements required for the [MA or MPA] application must be approximately 500-700 words in length.
February 15 for financial assistance
June 1 for fall session (April 1 recommended for fall session)
November 1 for spring session
April 1 for summer session