Admissions and Financial Support
December 5, 2016 is the deadline for the submission of all materials for applications to the program for Fall 2017.
The graduate program in Political Science is structured for full-time study. Students enter the program in the fall semester. The graduate program in Political Science is small and selective, emphasizing close interaction between faculty and students. Approximately forty students are presently enrolled at various stages of study. Six or seven new students matriculate each year. Every student admitted to the Ph.D. program is offered a five-year fellowship. Admissions decisions are based upon careful review of all components of the application: previous academic record, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, relevant personal experience, a writing sample, and the personal statement. The average combined verbal and quantitative GRE score for students entering the program is around 320. Minimum qualifications for admission include GRE scores at or above the fiftieth percentile on all three portions of the exam and an undergraduate grade average of B or higher. Candidates for admission should have a strong academic preparation in political science or related disciplines. Students whose native language is not English must also submit evidence of their ability to communicate effectively and conduct research in English, such as TOEFL or IELTS scores, transcripts from ESL programs or original research papers. Non-native English speakers who matriculate in the Laney Graduate School will then take ESL testing for placement in ESL courses.
For graduate admission questions please contact Dr. Jeffrey Staton.
All application materials must be received by December 5th. Late or incomplete applications are unlikely to receive full consideration. Click here to access the online application.
All students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive offers of financial assistance. These merit-based awards normally comprise full tuition grants, fellowships, health insurance subsidies, and research assistantships. Standard awards require students to work during the academic year assisting with faculty research and teaching. Stipend awards represent a commitment of support for five years of study, contingent upon a student maintaining normal progress toward the Ph.D. degree. For 2016-17 the current standard stipend level is $24,000 plus 100% coverage of health insurance premiums.
Along with regular departmental awards, exceptional applicants may be eligible for enhanced university-wide fellowships awarded through the Laney Graduate School. Fellowships offered through the Graduate School include the George W. Woodruff Fellowship, the Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship, and the Laney Fellowship. All applicants are automatically considered for all awards. For more information on these awards, refer to the Funding page of the Laney Graduate School's website.