Masters Requirements

Requirements

Applicants to the Master's program in Political Science must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies, and should also have at least 18 credits of Political Science or the equivalent in the form related social science or history courses or practical political experience.   The admission's committee weighs all elements of a candidate's portfolio equally and does not employ specific GPA and GRE benchmarks that a successfulcandidate has to meet. From past experience, candidates that have done well in the program had GPAs of at least 3.0. and combined verbal and quantitative GREs of 1050 or higher.

How to Apply

  1. Please visit the web pages of the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at www.gradartsci.villanova.edu to request additional information, view application deadlines or to begin your online application.
  2. Contact Dr. Marcus Kreuzer, the Program Director, at markus.kreuzer@villanova.edu or 610-519-4710 to discuss your interest in doing graduate work.
  3. Applicants to the Degree Program should submit the following materials:
    • Application for admission online.
    • Application fee:$50 payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree.
    • Transcripts: Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll. Step 2- Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application, and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation: Please use the online application which sends electronic notifications. When possible, academic references are preferred.
    • Graduate Record Examination: Please note that GRE scores from tests taken more than five years before the date of application will not be accepted.
    • A two-page statement of goals explaining career objectives, non-academic experiences relevant for your application, or any other information the applicant might deem relevant for the selection committee.
  4. Applicants to a non-degree Certificate Program should submit the following materials:
    • Application for admission online.
    • Application fee:$50 payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree.
    • Transcripts: Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll. Step 2- Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application, and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
    • Two Letters of Recommendation Please use the online application which sends electronic notifictations. When possible, academic references are preferred.
    • A two-page statement of goals explaining reasons for applying non-academic experiences relevant for your application, or any other information the applicant might deem relevant for the selection committee.

DEPARTMENT CONTACT
Katie Schneider
Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Political Science
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
Phone: 610.519.4710
Fax: 610.519.7487
katelyn.r.schneider@villanova.edu