Graduate Admissions

Admission Requirements

Most Political Science graduate students have a B.A. in Political Science. While this is recommended, we accept applications from any majors. In general, minimum cumulative grade-point average is 3.25. Applicants with lower GPAs may be considered if they have taken the GRE and received high scores.

Application Process

Students applying for graduate admission will send materials to two separate locations. Materials could be sent in any order before the deadline.

First, a general graduate application must be made online to the San Francisco State University Graduate Studies

All applications are online only, paper applications have been discontinued. As part of this application, applicants will be asked to send copies of official transcripts to the Graduate Studies.

(This form and the transcripts will be forwarded by the Division Graduate Studies to the Political Science Department upon receipt and should not be sent separately by the applicant to the department.)

Visit the Graduate Studies website for general information.

Second, applicants should submit the following materials directly to the Political Science Department:

  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters of reference should be sent directly to Political Science Department office in sealed envelopes. Letters of recommendation should come from professionals who can attest to the applicant’s promise as a graduate student.
  • Personal statement (1 - 2 pages), if it was not included in the online application.
  • If applicants meet the GPA requirement, they do not need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you do not meet the minimum GPA, your application may still be considered, but applicants are strongly advised to take the GRE with the understanding that high test scores may strengthen an application.

TOEFL score requirement

  • Internet-based test: 80
  • Paper-based test: 550
  • IELTS score requirement:Overall band score of 7.0 PTE

  Academic score requirement

  • Overall score of 65

Financial Aid

Financial aid information can be found on the University prospective student web page, as well as the Office of Student Financial Aid website. The department does not offer any scholarship or grant to incoming graduate students. Some paid graduate assistant positions are available to continuing students.

Department Deadline

Admission to fall Semester: April 1 (effective fall 2009). Admission to spring semester: November 1 (effective spring 2008). Applications may be turned in prior to these deadlines. Early applications are encouraged but notification of admission status may not occur until the deadline.

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