Graduate Program

Master of Arts in Political Science

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Application to the Graduate Program in Political Science

The M.A. program uses rolling admissions to begin in the fall or spring semesters.

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. degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation

Program Requirements for Admission

  • Admission is based upon undergraduate GPA, letters of reference and GRE scores.
  • Applicants may substitute the GMAT for the GRE.
  • The Department 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 must have the equivalent of 30 undergraduate credits in political science.

International Students

All international M.A. applicants must take the GRE.

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

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships for 2019-20

M.A. applicants and currently enrolled M.A. students must be fully admitted into the  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 Stacia Graham ( The application due date is 5 p.m. March 15. Late applications will not be considered.

TA Application  (Click to open application)

New applicants 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. 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 the graduate directors (Christopher Muste, or Abhishek Chatterjee).

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. program online at the Graduate School's website or send materials to: 

Stacia Graham
Department of Political Science
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
Liberal Arts Building #301
Missoula, MT 59812