Admission Information

Ph.D. Program in Political Science
Fall 2013



River Campus

An Introduction to the Graduate Program

The deadline for applications is January 8, 2015.
The application fee is $60.

You can contact the Political Science Department
by e-mail at political.science@rochester.edu
or by letter to this address.


For your application, you will need to complete the following items. Your application is complete only when you submit the on-line application and we receive the other required items.

  • On-line Application

    To complete the on-line application, you will need to identify your recommenders and prepare a personal statement. Three recommenders and the statement are submitted as part of the on-line application. In the personal statement, you will provide information about yourself, your aims and plans for the future, reasons for choosing graduate study in political science, areas of specific interest, and experiences in the field (300-750 words). You should include the names of specific professors, if any, with whom you especially wish to study.

  • Standardized Tests

    Take the GRE general test (department code 1902) and, if applicable, the TOEFL (department code 89) and have your scores sent to the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester (school code 7267).

  • Transcripts

    You may scan transcripts to the on-line application. An original transcript will be required upon admission.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    The Political Science Department requires three letters of recommendation. In filling out the on-line application, you will be asked for the names of your three recommenders, each of whom will be sent an email with a link giving them instructions on how to submit their letters electronically.

  • Writing Sample

    You may upload a writing sample in the application. This must be a sample of your own original academic writing in English. (Translations are acceptable, provided the translation is your own work.) Please indicate the original purpose of the writing sample, and when and to whom it was submitted.

  • Curriculum Vitae (optional)

    You may also upload a brief resume listing any additional information you believe to be relevant to your application for admission.