Master of Arts Admissions
An applicant to the MA program must submit COMPLETE application materials to UTEP's Graduate School in order to be considered for admission. They must be received by the Graduate School by the following deadlines. We strongly encourage all applicants to apply for fall admission..
Early deadline (for consideration for graduate assistantships): March 31
General deadline: July 15
Spring AdmissionEarly deadline (for consideration for graduate assistantships): September 30
Admission is based on the entire record of the applicant and not a single criterion.1. Completed application (available online) for the Graduate School and application fee
2. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or proof of equivalent education at a foreign institution in Political Science, or a related area. Transcripts are required from the bachelor's degree and any other graduate or professional degree programs, including law school.
3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from former professors in either the bachelor's degree program or previous graduate programs.
4. A statement of purpose outlining one's interest in the program and career objectives. If the applicant's undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, any extenuating circumstances must be explained.
5. The following applicants to the MA in Political Science program are not required to submit GRE scores:
· Applicants holding a UTEP degree in political science or related fields, obtained in the last six years
· Applicants currently enrolled in a UTEP undergraduate program that participates in the MA Political Science Fast Track program
6. Applicants from countries where English is not the first language are required to demonstrate English proficiency. · Please consult the graduate school website for required scores. TEOFL, Duolingo, IELTS, or PTE
For graduates of institutions outside the United States where English is not the first language, UTEP requires students to demonstrate English proficiency. One way this can be demonstrated is through English proficiency testing to include the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), PTE, and the Duolingo English Test. Required scores can be found on the Student Affairs student testing page. Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Graduate School. Programs might have different minimum score requirements, and may request higher levels of English proficiency for certain positions such as serving as a teaching assistant.
7. Other evidence of background and experience that might be available.
*Additional documents may be required for foreign applicants. Please contact the Graduate School for specific requirements.
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact:
Dr. Rebecca Reid
Director of Graduate Studies