Graduate Programs


Master of Arts in Political Science

Program Coordinators:

Master of Public Administration

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Jeffrey Greene (406) 243-6181;

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 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.

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

Assistantships for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

To be considered for a teaching assistantship for Fall 2017-Spring 2018, 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, 2017. To apply for a 2017-2018 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 2017-Spring 2018 will be awarded by April 1, 2017. 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: 

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