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. We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year.  The deadline for applications is December 15, 2020.

  • Application guidelines, as well as a link to the outline application can be found here: PhD Application Instructions
  • A document answering some frequently asked questions about admissions is here: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE test scores are NOT REQUIRED for the 2020-21 admission cycle. The MSU Graduate School's online application form still includes a section for the GRE. Since the Political Science department is not requiring these scores, and you may skip over the GRE portion of the application.

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, skrause@msu.edu or 517-355-2167 or Professor Sarah Reckhow, the PhD Admissions Director, reckhow@msu.edu