Apply to the Master of Arts in Political Science

The Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University requires all graduate applicants:

  • To have completed at least 24 hours of coursework in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science and sociology) or other relevant fields.
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate coursework.
  • To hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

The department may require the student to make up deficiencies in undergraduate preparation.

Admission and program requirements (WMU Catalog)


Application deadlines for admission (citizens and permanent residents only):
See the University calendar for term start dates.

  • Fall semester: June 15
  • Spring semester: Nov. 1
  • Summer I session: March 1
  • Summer II session: May 1
  • Graduate assistantship/associateship consideration: Feb. 1. Applicants wishing to be considered for funding must also have their admissions application completed by the February 1 deadline.

Application process

MIDA and MIDA-Peace Corps

MIDA information

International students

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Domestic students

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All students

All applicants should submit the following materials to the department address listed below:

Graduate Secretary
Department of Political Science
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5346 USA
Fax (269) 387-5354

Or drop off at 3308 Friedmann Hall

Submit the following materials to graduate admissions (domestic students) or the Haenicke Institute for Global Education (international students):

  • The formal application (online link above).
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  • GRE scores for verbal, quantitative and analytical sections sent to WMU (School Code 1902). The subject test in political science is not necessary. GREs are not required for the MIDA and MIDA-Peace Corps program.

English language instruction for international students

International students may enroll in the WMU Career English Language Center for International Students until the required TOEFL score for academic enrollment is achieved.