Graduate Admissions Info



Admissions for MA in Political Science and MA in Public Policy:


The MA in Political Science only offers Fall Admission.  The MA in Public Policy offers both Fall and Spring Admission.


  • Applicants must have an earned baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) -- Please have sent by ETS to electronic code-2548 (no department code).

  • Three letters of recommendation -- preferably academic, but consideration will also be given to non-academic letters. Letters are strongly encouraged to be submitted on-line by the recommender.  

  • Personal Statement

  • *TOEFL or IELTS scores required for students who declare a language other than English as their native language

  • **Proof of Permanent Residency is required for students who declare themselves as Permanent Residents 

Completed applications are reviewed by the committee on a rolling basis.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  All application materials are due by the posted deadline. 

Applicants who are waiving the GRE scores for another test score (i.e. LSAT, GMAT, etc) must have prior approval from the program director prior to submitting the application AND must notify the Graduate Program Coordinator, Carri Horner ( after submitting their application so a waiver can be added to your application.  Failure to do so can result in applications appearing to be incomplete and therefore not reviewed.




PhD in Political Science:

The Department of Political Science Doctoral Program admits only students who intend to complete the Ph.D., although students are eligible to receive the M.A.
Applicants for admission to the Ph.D. program in political science must meet the following requirements:

A. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytic). Waivers are not granted for this requirement. 

B. Prior training that includes basic work in at least one of the following:

            1. Political Science
            2. Psychology
            3. Mathematics or Statistics
            4. Economics or Sociology

C. A bachelor’s degree with at least a B average in the major subject. Please upload all previous trasncripts to your application for review purposes only.  Official transcripts should be sent either directly by the issuing institution or by         the candidate in its original               sealed envelope to the department.  

D. Three letters of recommendation from instructors or academic advisors. 

E. In cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be necessary.

F. *TOEFL or IELTS scores required for students who declare a language other than English as their native language. The Graduate School will not accept any test scores that are more than 2 years old based on the application deadline date. For example, TOEFL exams          taken prior to January 2013 will not be accepted for Fall 2015 applications due on January 15, 2015.

               Minimum Scores:  
              IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no subsection recommended to be below 6
              TOEFL: 90 for admission to a doctoral program and to be eligible for consideration for TA/GA support
              There are no exceptions for these minimum score requirements. 

G. **Proof of Permanent Residency is required for students who declare themselves as Permanent Residents 



Please send official documents to: 

Att: Grad Program Coordinator
Dept. of Pol. Sci.

S701 Social and Behavioral Sciences Bldg.

Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392


General Admissions Information:

Acceptance by both the Department of Political Science and the Graduate School is required.
Please visit the Graduate School  for a complete list of requirements for domestic and international applicants.

Tuition and Fees:
Tuition and fees are set by the State University of New York. For current tuition and fee schedules, please visit the Bursar.


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