Information on Applying and Application Materials
Notice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and GRE requirements:
If you are unable to take the GRE due to COVID-19, you may request a waiver of this requirement by contacting the director of graduate studies at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications cannot be reviewed by the department until either GRE scores are received or a waiver is approved.
- Undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Transcripts from all institutions you have attended or are currently attending
- GRE general test scores (see COVID-19 notice above)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose/personal statement
- CV or Resume
- For international applicants, English proficiency scores when required (see below)
How to Apply:
The Department considers applications for the PhD and MA programs on a “rolling” basis. However, decisions about which current students and new applicants will receive offers of funding for the next academic year are made during February. Therefore, the Department strongly encourages you to submit your application by January 15th. To be clear, this is the preferred date by which the Department wishes to receive applications. However, the Department still welcomes applications past this date. If funding is freed up because others turn it down, or because funding remains after the Department has considered applications submitted by January 15th, you may still receive funding.
Your statement of purpose should be approximately 200-500 words in length. It should describe your intellectual and career goals and how the program that you are applying to will help you achieve those goals.
International applicants who did not receive a bachelor's degree in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, or New Zealand must submit English proficiency scores prior to having their applications reviewed. Formal English proficiency test requirements can be found at the International Graduate Applicant section of the university's "Steps to Apply" page. See How to Apply at the Graduate Admissions webpage for details. The Department of Political Science does not permit conditional admission of applicants who have not submitted required English proficiency scores.
For the purposes of submitting GRE and/or language proficiency scores from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to WVU, please use WVU's institution code, which is 5904. It is not necessary to provide a department code.