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                  APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN



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 also to check out this additional useful information as you consider our program:



*Below are the deadlines for the 2023-24 cohort.

Application Deadlines

  • Deadline for Best Consideration (we recommend all domestic MS applicants submit by, or close to, this date)
    • January 20, 2023 
  • Deadline for 4+1 (All 4+1 applicants must submit materials by this date)
    • March 1, 2023
  • International students (standalone MS only)
    • March 1, 2023 - 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 June 30, 2023 

Application Requirements

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

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 an 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 it out, and upload it to 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 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 the program requirements for GVPT. Students with minors or multiple majors must confirm the expected completion of each undergraduate requirement 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 may also apply if they have a strong quantitative focus. Questions about the applicability of any course can be discussed with the Director of the APAN program.



Standalone MS: Access the Application here

*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 the Application here (this is a Google form)

*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 must 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 Best Consideration applicants will be sent on or about March 1, 2023.

Final notification of acceptances for 4+1 applicants and International applicants will be sent on or about March 30, 2023.

Final notification of acceptances for Full Consideration applicants will be sent on a rolling basis, to be completed by July 30, 2023.