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Graduate Program

PhD Admissions

The deadline for applications is January 10, 2022.
The application fee is $60.

You can contact the Department of Political Science Department by email at or by letter to this address.

For your application, you will need to complete the following items. Your application is complete only when you submit the on-line application and we receive the other required items.

  • Online Application

    To complete the online application, you will need to identify your recommenders and prepare a personal statement. Three recommenders and the statement are submitted as part of the online application. In the personal statement, you will provide information about yourself, your aims and plans for the future, reasons for choosing graduate study in political science, areas of specific interest, and experiences in the field (300-750 words). You should include the names of specific professors, if any, with whom you especially wish to study.

  • Standardized Tests

    Take the GRE general test (required) and, if applicable, the TOEFL and have your scores sent to the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester. GRE scores should be sent to department code 1902, school code 2928. TOEFL scores should be sent to department code 89, school code 7267.

  • Transcripts

    You may scan transcripts to the on-line application. An original transcript will be required upon admission.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    The Department of Political Science requires three letters of recommendation. In filling out the online application, you will be asked for the names of your three recommenders, each of whom will be sent an email with a link giving them instructions on how to submit their letters electronically.

  • Writing Sample

    You may upload a writing sample in the application. This must be a sample of your own original academic writing in English. (Translations are acceptable, provided the translation is your own work.) Please indicate the original purpose of the writing sample, and when and to whom it was submitted.

  • Curriculum Vitae (optional)

    You may also upload a brief resume listing any additional information you believe to be relevant to your application for admission.