Graduate Programs


Master of Arts in Political Science

Program Coordinators:

Master of Public Administration

Program Coordinator



Application to the Graduate Programs

Admission is open for both the M.A. and MPA programs. Applications will be considered as long as space is available in the programs.

Instructions for applying to the Graduate School are in the Applying for Admission section on the Graduate School website.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the Department of Political Science also requires:

  • A 300 word statement concerning reasons for seeking an M.A. or MPA degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation

Program Requirements for Admission

  • Admission is based upon undergraduate GPA, letters of reference and GRE scores.
  • Applicants for the MPA degree may substitute the GMAT for the GRE. The LSAT is accepted for students in the JD/MPA program, or those who have applied to the School of Law at the University of Montana.
  • Applicants for the M.A. degree may substitute the GMAT for the GRE.
  • The Department of Political Science accepts GRE scores with a test date that is within the past five years OR verifiable GRE scores if the test date is over five years old.
  • Applicants for the M.A. degree (but not the MPA degree) must have the equivalent of 30 undergraduate credits in political science.

International Students

The TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB exam can substitute for the GRE when applying to the MPA program only. M.A. applicants must take the GRE.

See information in the International Admission section on the Graduate School website.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantship for 2018-2019

MPA and M.A. applicants and currently enrolled M.A. and MPA students must be fully admitted into the Political Science M.A. or MPA program by the start date of the appointment to be eligible. To apply for a TA position, complete the TA Application Form below and email it, along with a resume summarizing your relevant teaching and other experience to Karen Boice ( The application due date is 5 p.m. March 15. Late applications will not be considered.

TA Application  (Click to open application)

New applicants in the process of applying to the M.A. or MPA program should indicate their interest in an assistantship position on their online application form and in the associated statement requesting admission.

The Department of Political Science will use the following criteria to make a selection: (1) fully admitted to the M.A. or MPA program by the start date of the appointment; (2) GPA; (3) undergraduate coursework in political science; (4) work and other relevant experience. Applicants must also submit a resume of relevant teaching and other experience. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact your respective graduate director (Sara Rinfret – MPA Program); (Christopher Muste, or Abhishek Chatterjee, M.A. Program).

Teaching assistants provide instructional support for professors teaching large, introductory political science courses in American Government (PSCI 210SY), International Relations (PSCI 230X), Comparative Government (PSCI 220S), and Political Theory (PSCI 250E). TAs are expected to have some background in one or more of these areas.

Apply to the M.A. or MPA programs online at the Graduate School's website or send materials to: 

Karen Boice
Department of Political Science
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
Liberal Arts Building #350
Missoula, MT 59812