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Last Updated on December 24, 2022

In a collective effort with most of the departments in the Social Sciences and Humanities in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Columbia University, the Department of Political Science has decided to pause its Ph.D. admission cycle for one year. Applications will not be accepted in Fall 2020 (for study that would otherwise begin in Fall 2021). While the department institutes this pause reluctantly, it does so as part of its response to the global pandemic that has created tremendous uncertainty across many dimensions of academic life, from teaching to research to employment prospects for new scholars. The pause in Ph.D. admissions will enable the department to focus on the needs of its current Ph.D. students and fulfill its obligations despite the formidable challenges and disruptions created by Covid-19. The Ph.D. program remains integral to the vibrancy of the department and it looks forward to the contributions to knowledge that current and future students will make to the discipline of political science. The department invites students who are interested in pursuing their graduate work in political science at Columbia to apply for admission to its Master’s program for study to begin either in Spring or Fall 2021, or to submit an application when Ph.D. admissions resume in Fall 2021 for study to begin in Fall 2022.

Please note that admission for study to begin in the spring semester is offered in 2021 only. Thereafter, the department plans to revert to its annual admission cycle for study beginning in the fall semester only.

Application instructions

Application to the department’s graduate programs must be made online through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Applications for both programs are accepted for full-time study only, and for the fall semester of each academic year. No applications are reviewed for spring semester admission.

Application deadline

NEW: For Spring 2021 M.A. Admission: November 17, 2021
For Fall 2021 M.A. Admission: February 4, 2021

Application requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Online Application
  • Application fee: $115
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample no longer than 30 pages
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • The GRE exam is required of Ph.D. applicants (including those with graduate degrees)  
  • The GRE exam is optional for M.A. applicants
  • TOEFL exam (required of international applicants, see GSAS policy here for more information)

The ETS code (the GSAS Institution Code) for submitting TOEFL and GRE scores is 2162. There is no separate department code for political science.

Tuition deposit: A $1,000 tuition deposit is required for M.A. students, which must be paid via credit card upon acceptance of the offer of admission. Doctoral students are not required to submit a tuition deposit.

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