Admissions

Effective immediately, GVPT201 (formerly GVPT100) Scope and Methods for Political Science Research is no longer required for admission to the Government and Politics major (this change applies to the International Relations Concentration as well). GVPT201 remains a major requirement and must be completed with a 'C-' or higher. The GVPT Department strongly encourages students to complete GVPT201 before enrolling in upper-level GVPT courses. Please direct questions to the GVPT Undergraduate Advising office at gvptadvising@umd.edu.


Government and Politics is a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP). This means students must satisfy specific entrance requirements in order to apply to or remain in the major. LEP entrance policies/requirements differ for first-semester freshmen, internal transfer students, and external transfer students. You can view the LEP entrance requirements for each student category below:

First Semester Freshmen

First semester freshmen have until the last day of classes during their first semester of attendance to declare GVPT as their major or double major and be considered a directly-admitted student. Directly-admitted students are able to declare the major without satisfying any additional requirements; they have 45 credits (not including AP/IB) to complete the following gateway requirements and remain in the GVPT major:

  • GVPT170 with a “B-” or higher.  Students with AP credit for GVPT170 (U.S./American Government) must complete GVPT241 with a “B-” or higher in its place for the gateway requirements.
  • MATH107 or STAT100 with a grade of "C-" or higher. A calculus class (MATH 120, 130, 140) with a grade of "C-" or higher may be substituted. AP/IB credit is also acceptable.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA at all times. Dropping below this required GPA at any time will result in permanent dismissal from the major.

First semester freshmen must turn in their major application form by the last day of classes to be directly admitted to the major. All other students must follow the Internal Transfer Student process (see below) and complete the gateway requirements before they can declare the major.

Incoming UMD freshmen who have not yet attended orientation can change their major to GVPT by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to their orientation date. Students who are in Freshman Connection have up until the last day of classes during their first official UMD semester not in Freshman Connection (typically their first spring semester) to declare GVPT and be considered a directly-admitted student. 

If you are a high school student considering attending UMD as a GVPT major, you will be automatically admitted to the major if you declare GVPT on your application. You can view AP/IB tests and scores accepted, as well as their UMD equivalent courses, on the Transfer Credit Services webpage. 

Internal Transfer Students

Current UMD students who wish to change their major to Government & Politics or declare GVPT as a double major, and who are beyond their first semester as a freshman, must complete the gateway requirements listed below before applying to the major:

  • GVPT170 with a “B-” or higher.  Students with AP credit for GVPT170 (U.S./American Government) must complete GVPT241 with a “B-” or higher in its place for the gateway requirements.
  • MATH107 or STAT100 with a grade of "C-" or higher. A calculus class (MATH120, 130, 140) with a grade of C"-" or higher may be substituted. AP/IB credit is also acceptable.
  • Minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA, which includes all previous college-level coursework attempted. Students interested in adding GVPT as a double major with another BSOS major must also have a minimum 3.0 UMD GPA.

External Transfer Students

Students transferring to UMD from another institution may be directly admitted to the GVPT major if they complete the following gateway courses prior to the first day of classes in their first semester at UMD:

  • GVPT170 with a “B-” or higher.  Students w/ AP credit for GVPT170 (U.S./American Government) may substitute a 200-level GVPT course in which a grade of “B-” or higher was earned.
  • MATH107 or STAT100 with a grade of "C-" or higher. A calculus class (MATH120, 130, 140) with a grade of "C-" or higher may be substituted. AP/IB credit is also acceptable.
  • Minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA based on all previous college-level coursework attempted.

Transfer students who do not meet these requirements may apply to the major after completing the Internal Transfer Student requirements (see above). We encourage all transfer students to contact Pre-Transfer Advising if they have any questions about transferring to UMD, LEP entrance requirements, or how their previous coursework will be accepted by UMD. Students may also visit the Transfer Credit Services webpage and utilize the Transfer Course Database to determine the UMD equivalencies of their transfer coursework (if equivalencies have not been assigned, course syllabi can be submitted for evaluation directly to Transfer Credit Services). 


Major Change Process

To change your major to GVPT or declare GVPT as a double major, please follow the process outlined here. Students following the Internal Transfer Student process should be sure that they meet all entrance requirements before submitting an application to the major. One LEP policy is that students may only apply once to the program, so if a student applies before meeting the requirements, the application will be denied and the student may not reapply. First semester freshmen must submit their application prior to the last day of classes of their first semester to be directly admitted into the major. 

We encourage you to review all LEP and departmental policies before applying to the major. If you need to appeal any LEP policies in order to enter the major, you will need to first schedule an appointment with BSOS College Advising