To apply to the Ph.D. Program in Political Science: (1) and (2) complete the online application.
The deadline for applications is January 15th.
Information about the Online Application
The online application will ask that you arrange for three individuals to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf, and that you upload a two page statement of goals, and a writing sample.
Additional Application Information (Send to the Department Address Below)
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in August 2015, applicants should send all TOEFL and GRE scores be sent to Penn State electronically. The Graduate School is working on getting IELTS scores electronically, but until that time, applicants should be instructed to send hard copy scores directly from the IELTS testing agency to Penn State's Graduate School.
Students taking the GRE, GMAT, IELTS and TOEFL should continue using school code 2660 to send scores to Penn State.
IELTS and MAT scores should be mailed to:
The Pennsylvania State University
Graduate Enrollment Services
114 Kern Building
University Park, PA 16802
Important: Applicants recommended for admission who accept an offer through the online graduate admission system will be notified (via email) by the Graduate School that official/original transcripts/documents must be sent from the originating institutions in the official language of the institution(s) attended (and if the language of instruction is not English, an official English translation must also be sent). For applicants whose degree conferral is in progress at the time of uploading copies, the deadline specified for receipt of official/original documents will allow for the passage of the reported date of degree conferral, and that conferral must be confirmed on the official/original documents received by the Graduate School, in order for the offer of admission to be finalized.
For International Applicants:
- After you have been offered admission by the Penn State Graduate School, you will be contacted by the Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA) regarding what is needed so that you can be cleared to register for classes and if needed, issued an I-20 or DS-2019. During peak periods (March-June) it may take four weeks for DISSA to review your file and clear you to register/issue your I-20 or DS-2019.
- For more information, see the DISSA website.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no separate MA program. All applicants will be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program.