Political Science

*The Political Science Department will not accept applications to its graduate program for 2021 in order to ensure that the department has resources to support its educational mission. The program looks forward to reopening admissions for the 2022 cohort in August 2021.*

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PHD POLI Fall**
Fall Graduate School Fellowships
Director of Graduate Admissions Marc Hetherington (marcj@email.unc.edu)
Graduate Coordinator TBD
Address Department of Political Science
CB# 3265, 361 Hamilton Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Website politicalscience.unc.edu/
Phone 919-962-0437
Test Requirements
GRE (general) score within last 5 years
Letters of Recommendation 3 – (strong preference for academic recommenders)
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Completed financial certificate
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

  1. Statement of Purpose (up to 500 words detailing research & professional interests)
  2. Writing Sample (approximately 10-20 pages demonstrating writing skills and powers of analysis.  No co-authored papers)
**Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the program are other admission terms considered.