The Politics Department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in two fields: Foreign Affairs, which covers the political science fields of Comparative Politics and International Relations, and Government, which covers the fields of American Politics and Political Theory.
Admissions to both M.A. and Ph.D. programs is handled through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences admissions website. In addition to the materials listed on the Graduate School's page, the Politics Department requires that you submit a writing sample, which should be your best and longest piece of analytic writing.
The application deadline for the Politics Department is December 15. For more general deadlines,see the Graduate School's Deadlines page.
Please note that this single application is used to determine both admissions and Departmental financial aid decisions. Current tuition and fees are detailed on the Graduate School's page.
Please note that international students face tight immigration / visa requirements and slow processing of visas. Please see the list of requirements here: http://www.virginia.edu/iso/issp/. More general information is available here: http://www.virginia.edu/intlstudents.html. Do not delay in seeking the appropriate visa.
It is very important that you be aware of four aspects of Departmental policy as you prepare your application:
Your writing sample is the most important part of your application. Please upload what you think is your best and longest piece of analytic writing.
If after reviewing the above information and exploring our website you have additional questions, please feel free to email the Director of Graduate Studies (Professor Jeffery A. Jenkins, firstname.lastname@example.org), or the Graduate Assistant (Bonnie Bragg, email@example.com).