Frequently Asked Questions

GVPT Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept part-time students?

Do you have night classes for those who work?

Can I work elsewhere and pursue the Ph.D.?

Do I need a Master’s Degree to enter the Ph.D. program?

Do you have a Master’s Degree program?

What are the minimum GPA and GRE scores needed to gain admission?

What is the acceptance rate?

 



Do you accept part-time students?

No.  Our focus is on training you for a career as professional political scientist.  We view your career as starting when you enter the Ph.D. program.  As a result, we expect all students to be fully engaged in the program—not just courses, but also work as a Graduate Assistant (Teaching or Research Assistant) or Fellow, workshops, events, and other activities.

 

Do you have night classes for those who work?

Since we expect students to be fully engaged in the program we do not schedule courses to accommodate those with other obligations between 9am and 5pm.  We do sometimes offer courses that start at 6:30pm but this is a function of faculty preference.

 

Can I work elsewhere and pursue the Ph.D.?

Technically, yes.  However, we believe it is important for all students to be engaged in the program full time.  Those who work on campus in addition to their work as a Graduate Assistant may receive a waiver to work an additional 10 hours per week.

 

Do I need a Master’s Degree to enter the Ph.D. program?

No.  We have a mix of students who have Master’s degrees and those who do not.

 

Do you have a Master’s Degree program?

The only stand-alone Master’s Degree program for which we accept applications is a joint program with the U.S. Naval Academy, open only to Naval Academy students.  Students who enter the Ph.D. program can earn a Master’s Degree along the way after taking 10 courses, passing one comprehensive exam, and satisfying a writing requirement.

 

What are the minimum GPA and GRE scores needed to gain admission?

The admissions committee considers all aspects of each applicant’s file so there aren’t strict cut-offs.  The most competitive applicants tend to have undergraduate GPAs above 3.5.  The most competitive students who have obtained a Master’s Degree tend to have GPA’s in their Master’s program close to 4.0. With respect to GRE scores, the most competitive students generally have scores in the 70th percentile or above.

 

What is the acceptance rate?

Our goal is to admit the applicants we believe will be successful in the program.  We generally strive for an entering class of 10 to 12 students.  The number we admit varies from year to year based on a variety of factors. Note that the number of applications and the acceptance rates also vary by field.