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Admission Dates

Application Open: September 1st
Application Due: February 15th
Decisions Sent By: March 15th

Application Process

Online applications will be accepted for the PhD program through Tulane School of Liberal Arts Graduate Studies web page on a biennial schedule. (Apply Now)
Applicants will be evaluated on their undergraduate GPA, submitted GRE scores, statement of purpose and (three) letters of recommendation. International students whose native language is not English are required to have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 90 (internet-based test). This is a small, selective program with a high student-faculty ratio that facilities close interaction between students and faculty who are active researchers in their fields. Collaboration on research and publishable papers is encouraged. Generous fellowships are available and are awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential for scholarship. They are renewable conditional on satisfactory progress through the program.

Transcripts:

Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded with your online application.  Upon acceptance official transcripts will need to be provided.

Writing Sample:

An analytical writing sample of approximately 20 to 30 pages is required.  Clearness of thought, analytical ability, research capabilities, and clarity of writing will all be considered.

Statement of Purpose:

A 500 to 1000 word statement of purpose is required.  The Statement of Purpose should convey your commitment to the study of Political Science, specific topics you wish to pursue, why you are applying to Tulane, and what faculty you would like to work with if..

Letters of Recommendation:

Three letters of recommendation are required.  At least two of these letters must should be written by a professor who has had the chance to evaluate your academic interests and skills.  

The GRE:

Only the standard GRE tests are required.  We do not have a GRE cutoff for applicants. 

For further questions and application information, please contact Professor Mark Vail, Graduate Studies Director. mvail@tulane.edu