• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


All applicants for admission to the graduate program must take the Graduate Record Examination aptitude test. The Graduate Committee of the department, following policies established by the faculty, makes all decisions on equivalence to the master’s degree.

The M.A. in Political Science is offered under both Plan I and Plan II under the regulations described earlier in this catalog. General requirements for completion of the Ph.D. are given on earlier pages of this catalog.

Work for the M.A. and the Ph.D. is offered in six areas: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, methodology, political theory and public policy. Students will concentrate in one field of specialization at the M.A. level and two fields of specialization at the Ph.D. level. 

Early in the second semester of residence, the graduate student chooses a committee on studies that meets with the student to work out a program of study based on his or her background and interests. Each Ph.D. student must demonstrate proficiency in applied research methods. Advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. follows upon successful completion of comprehensive examinations and a field research paper.

In addition to the application materials required by the University of New Mexico Office of Graduate Studies, the following items are required for admission to the Department of Political Science: 1) an official report of the student’s Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Graduate Record Examination scores; 2) a short writing sample illustrating analytical ability and stylistic mastery; and 3) a letter of intent; 4) three letters of recommendation. The GRE scores must be mailed directly to the Political Science Department by Educational Testing Services.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Statistics for Social Research
  • Political Science as a Discipline and a Profession
  • Introduction to Empirical Research
  • The Political World

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A short (1-2 page) letter of intent describing your interest in the study of political science at UNM.
  • Writing sample (preferably a research paper) illustrating analytical ability and stylistic mastery.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from former instructors. 
  • Unofficial transcripts from each academic institution attended.
  • Unofficial GRE scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24187 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24187 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8343 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8343 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • per 24 credits

Living costs for Albuquerque

  • 870 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

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