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Application Deadlines

Start Term Priority Decision Rolling Admission Through
Spring (January) November 1* December 1
Fall (September) March 1* July 15

*Priority Decision Advantages: Priority review for admission, first consideration for scholarships, earlier receipt of an admissions decision, and additional time to find housing and for international students to secure their visa.

For official term start dates please review our Academic Calendar.

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Admission Requirements

  • Online Application 
    • After submitting your application, you will receive an email with your Admission ID. Please use your username and password to log in and check the status of your application.
  • Official Transcripts
    • Official transcript requirements 
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • From persons best able to assess academic and professional qualifications, including motivations and goals.
  • Admission Essay: 2 pages, double-spaced (500 words). Choose one of the essay options below. 
    • Option 1: Describe your career goals in political communication and plans for achieving these goals.
    • Option 2: Discuss the importance for political communication in electoral politics, governing, or social advocacy to understand differing individual, cultural, international, and/or group points-of-view.
  • Resume
    • Include your professional and educational history.
  • English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson test results.

View our graduate admission policies

International Applicants

  • This program supports the issuance of an I-20 for the full duration of the on-campus portion of the program to learn more about applying for an I-20 you can preview the information here. No documentation is required until after you have been admitted.
  • International Student Checklist

Relationships with your professors are welcomed and encouraged. Take the time to get to know them, share about yourself and your goals, and find a mentor.

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