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Joel Mendelson (M.A. 2015) with the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama
Joel Mendelson (M.A. 2015) with the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama

We seek students who have both political acumen and a high level of academic achievement who are likely to succeed in a rigorous graduate program and in a political career.

Applicants should submit a completed online application which includes:

  • a statement of purpose;
  • transcripts that show at least a 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) earned during the last two years, and some background in the social sciences or related fields;
  • three letters of recommendation from faculty members attesting to their academic abilities. Applicants may substitute one academic letter with a letter that speaks to relevant experience in an internship, public service, professional work environment, or political campaign.
  •  Due to current admission examination testing difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Political Science, in sync with the UF Graduate School, is waiving the GRE requirement for MA applicants seeking Spring or Fall 2021 admission. This temporary emergency waiver applies only to admission for the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters.
Michael Christ (M.A. 2015) with former RNC Chairman Michael Steele
Michael Christ (M.A. 2015) with former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

Applications received by March 15 (for fall admission) and by November 15 (for spring admission) will receive full consideration.  Applications received after those dates will be considered on a space available basis.

Students also might want to inquire about the possibility of pursuing a combined MA/JD degree in Political Science and Law from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

Outstanding UF undergraduate students who have earned at least a 3.7 GPA are eligible to apply for our combined B.A./M.A. program. Students in this program may take up to twelve hours of graduate credit that count towards both degrees.