Prospective Students Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Q: How much is the application fee and where do I send it?
A: A $75 application fee can be paid via credit card when the online application is submitted.

Q: Will applications received without payment of the application fee be processed?
A: No.

Q: Where do I send my transcripts?
A: Unofficial transcripts may be submitted as part of your online application. An official transcript may be requested at a later date.

Q: Where do I send my three letters of recommendation / resume / statement of objectives / personal statement?
A: Please follow the instructions given on the Graduate Admissions website for uploading letters of recommendation/resume/statement of objectives/personal statement.

Q. What is required of a writing sample?
A: The writing sample may be a course paper, a chapter of a BA or MA degree thesis, or a published work that best reflects the applicant’s writing and research aptitudes.

Q: Where do I send my writing sample / additional documents?
A: A writing sample or additional documents must be submitted as part of your online application.

Q: What is the University of Delaware GRE Code?
A: The University of Delaware GRE Code is 5811.

Q: What GRE score do I need for admission to the Department of Political Science and International Relations graduate program?
A: The GRE General test has recently been revised. Competitive scores for admissions are 160 for the verbal section, and 155 for the quantitative section.

Q: Is TOEFL required for international students with no U.S. degree?
A: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required. A score of at least 600 for the paper-based test or a score of 100 on the internet-based test is preferred for consideration for admission.

Q: What undergraduate grade point average do I need for admission to the Department of Political Science and International Relations graduate program?
A: Normally, a 3.25 overall and 3.5 in major field and 3.5 in any prior graduate work in political science is preferred for consideration for admission.

Q: Applying for Fall Admission:
A: Those seeking admittance and possible financial assistance should submit a completed application by February 1st for admission effective the following September.

Q: Does the Department of Political Science and International Relations accept applications for Spring admission?
A: No, the Political Science and International Relations graduate program does not accept students for Spring admission. All of our students begin their coursework in September, in the Fall semester.

Q: If I meet your above stated minimum criteria for admission will I be admitted to your graduate program?
A: Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Those who meet stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

Q: What are my chances of receiving financial assistance from the department for my graduate work?
A: Our funding is limited and therefore we can offer full funding packages (teaching assistant stipend and tuition remission) to only a few of each year's admitted students. We also offer funding packages that are tuition remission only. If funded students make appropriate academic progress, their funding will likely be renewable for up to four years. Students who decide to join our graduate program with no funding should not expect to receive funding from the Department in the future. Unfunded students are encouraged to seek funding packages elsewhere on campus.