Admission is for the Fall semester only. No applications are accepted for the Spring semester.
FALL 2022 ENTRY:
Priority Application Deadline (with priority in funding consideration): December 15, 2021
Final Application Deadline: March 1, 2022
Part-Time Vs. Full-Time Status: Doctoral applicants may apply for either full-time or part-time study.
Funding: Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are available for full-time PhD students only . If interested in a GRA position, please indicate this on your application. For more information on tuition and financial assistance, please click here.
The ideal doctoral applicant has demonstrated capabilities in research and writing, basic mathematical skills approximately equal to the first semester of calculus and a competence in statistics, some background in economics and government, and a theoretical and working knowledge of political and public policy processes. Applicants with strong academic credentials who are deficient in one or more of these areas may possibly be admitted to the program and will receive assistance in making up any deficiencies.
All credentials and supporting materials must be received in order for an application to be reviewed. The following are the general application requirements for the doctoral program:
- Graduate application and fee.
- Unofficial transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the U.S.. For international institutions, transcripts may be unofficial but should include cumulative transcripts, degree certificate, individual semester marksheets (if applicable), and diploma (if applicable).
- A current resume.
- Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic contacts. (It is strongly recommended that at least one letter is from academia)
- A 750-1,000 word written statement of your academic and professional goals. Please state your purpose in undertaking graduate study with this program. This statement should address your intellectual interests, academic objectives, career goals, and proposed topic(s) of graduate study. You should also explain how this program will help you fulfill your academic and professional objectives. The statement is a critical component of the application.
- Writing sample (approximately 10-25 pages in length) such as a technical report, professional publication, or term or seminar paper.
- Valid GRE scores (taken within five years prior to date of application).
Applicants with international academic credentials must also provide:
- Proof of English proficiency: either TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English. Please refer to the university’s English Proficiency standard.
- An official international transcript evaluation from an independent evaluation agency approved by NACES or AACRAO. We require a course-by-course evaluation and most include the U.S. equivalency. The WES-ICAP evaluations from the World Evaluation Services, Inc. can serve as official transcripts in addition to an acceptable evaluation. Mason offers internal evaluations at applicants request, in their application, for no additional charge.
Where to Submit your Materials
Application materials should be uploaded directly to the application portal in the online application system. Test scores must be official and come directly from the testing center using school code 5827.
For documents that need to be mailed to the university, please use the following address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030