Master of Arts in Political Science
Master of Public Administration
Dr. Jeffrey Greene (406) 243-6181; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 LSAT or GMAT for the GRE.
- 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.
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.
Two Teaching Assistantships are available for Spring 2016. To apply for a TA position, fill out the Graduate Assistantship Application Form and turn it in to Karen Boice. If you are also applying for admission to the MA or MPA program for Spring 2016 you should indicate your interest in an assistantship position on your program application form and in the associated statement requesting admission. Currently enrolled graduate students may also apply. To be considered for a TA position for the spring semester, new and current students in the Political Science Master of Arts or Master of Public Administration program must be, at minimum, provisionally accepted into their respective programs by the application deadline: November 17, 2015. The Teaching assistantships for the Spring 2016 will be awarded by November 24, 2015. If selected for a teaching assistantship, a student must be fully accepted into the MA or MPA program before the Spring 2016 semester begins.
To be considered for a teaching assistantship for Fall 2016-Spring 2017, new MA and MPA applicants and currently enrolled MA and MPA students must be, at minimum, provisionally admitted into the Political Science Master of Arts or Master of Public Administration programs by the application deadline: March 15, 2016. To apply for a 2016-17 TA position, complete the Graduate Assistantship Application Form and turn it in to Karen Boice. New applicants in the process of applying to the MA or MPA program should indicate their interest in an assistantship position on their program application form and in the associated statement requesting admission. Teaching assistantships for Fall 2016-Spring 2017 will be awarded by April 1, 2016. If selected for a teaching assistantship, a student must be fully accepted into the MA or MPA program by the start of the semester in which the awarded teaching assistantship begins.
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:
Department of Political Science
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
Liberal Arts Building #350
Missoula, MT 59812