The Graduate College in the Department of Political Science requires applicants at Western Michigan University to hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate coursework. In addition, the department requires that a student must have completed at least 24 hours of coursework in the social sciences or other relevant fields and have achieved a 3.0 GPA. The department may require the student to make up deficiencies in undergraduate preparation.
The Department of Political Science offers graduate assistantships on a competitive basis to qualified students each year. Assistantship stipends are competitive and include tuition remission. Graduate assistants typically work with faculty members conducting research or teaching large undergraduate classes. Application forms are available from the department. Consideration for an assistantship is contingent upon admission to one of our graduate programs. The application and accompanying materials are due Feb. 15.
Information about student loans and other federal, state and University need-based financial aid programs may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.