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We admit one (1) cohort each year, in the Fall semester. An overview of the application requirements and the process is provided below. Be sure to also check out this additional useful information as you consider our program:



Application Deadlines

  • Deadline for Best Consideration (we recommend all domestic MS applicants submit by, or close to, this date)
    • January 20, 2022 
  • Deadline for 4+1 (All 4+1 applicants must submit materials by this date)
    • March 1, 2022 
  • International students (standalone MS only)
    • March 1, 2022 - Note this date is earlier than the Graduate School's International applicant deadline 
  • Deadline for Consideration (The number of spots available will be dependent on how many Best Consideration applicants accept their invitation to enroll)
    • Rolling basis through July 1, 2022 

Application Requirements

In addition to the application form, admitted students will submit:      

1: A statement of purpose that explains their interest in political data analysis and their plan for using the degree professionally
2: Official copies of all transcripts (MS applicants) OR a unofficial transcript AND a detailed, applicant-generated, academic course plan for the senior year (4+1 applicants)
3: A SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION to upload to your graduate application -- you will need to download the form, fill out, and upload in your application portal [MS track] or before submitting your Google form application [4+1 track]

*Applicants must have earned a 3.0 GPA in all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.

*International applicants must fulfill all requirements relating to international academic credentials, evidence of English proficiency, financial certification, and visa documentation, as required by The Graduate School.

*Undergraduate work focused on statistics or quantitative methods in the social sciences is preferred.

Standalone MS:

*Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or an equivalent degree from an institution outside the U.S.

Combined 4+1:

*Applicants must be in junior standing at the University of Maryland.

*Applicants must affirm completion of ALL requirements for all undergraduate majors and minors by May before their fifth year. All undergraduate work MUST be completed in order to apply to The Graduate School in the summer before the final year. Students will be asked to officially affirm this requirement in their application. Please visit https://gvpt.umd.edu/undergraduate/major-requirements for a description of program requirements for GVPT. Students with a minor, or multiple majors, need to confirm expected completion of each of those undergraduate requirements separately.

*Students must choose undergraduate courses that satisfy the following three requirements:

1 – GVPT 201 (or equivalent)
2 – GVPT 320 (or equivalent) **Applicants may propose taking this course in their senior year course plan (see Step 1 below)
3 – Two additional quantitative methods courses that focus on data analysis in the social sciences. Courses that would apply include GVPT420, 421, 422, 424, and some sections of 429. Courses from other academic departments are also applicable if they include a strong quantitative focus. Questions about the applicability of any course can be discussed with the Director of the APAN program.



Standalone MS: Access Application here

*In order to submit your application, you will need your transcripts and a statement of purpose telling us about your interest and plans for a degree in applied political analytics. A CV/Resume is accepted, but not required. The GRE is not required.

*Be sure to select APAN in the list of programs in your application, and follow all Graduate School application guidelines.

Combined 4+1: Access Application here (this is a Google form)

*In order to submit your application, you will need a course plan for your senior year and a statement of purpose telling us about your interest and plans for a degree in applied political analytics. A CV/Resume is accepted, but not required. The GRE is not required.

*Note: Accepted students will also need to apply to The Graduate School during the spring of their senior year.




After initial screening, some applicants will be contacted for an interview with APAN faculty. An interview is not a guarantee of admittance.

Final notification of acceptances for 4+1 applicants and International applicants will be sent by March 30, 2022.

Final notification of acceptances for International and Best Consideration applicants will be sent February 30, 2022.

Final notification of acceptances for Full Consideration applicants will be sent on a rolling basis by July 30, 2022.