Application Process

Program Admissions and Application Deadlines:

The Department of Political Science at Michigan State University admits students into the Ph.D. program for the Fall semester only. Applications will be accepted starting August 1, 2022. The deadline for applications is December 15.

  • Application guidelines, as well as a link to the outline application can be found here: PhD Application Instructions
  • The GRE test is not required for Political Science PhD admissions this year. Reporting GRE scores is entirely optional. We use a holistic review process for all applications, focused on the required components of the application package.

If you have any questions about the application process that are not answered on the frequently asked questions document or the guidelines, please contact Sarah Krause, the Graduate Program Assistant, or 517-355-2167 or Professor Sarah Reckhow, the PhD Admissions Director,

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Online Applications

Please select the appropriate link to begin your application.

Domestic Applicants

International Applicants

Once you've submitted an application for admission, you will receive an email with your Applicant ID. You can use your Applicant ID and password to get the most up-to-date information on your application status by logging in to your "Be a Spartan" online student portal.