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Electronic Application for Political Science

This program is temporarily closed to new applications.

Most programs begin accepting Fall applications again by September 1. If you have further questions, please contact the office of this program directly.



This page is no longer the current start page for applications to this program. If you wish to apply for Fall 2014 for this program, please click here.





The deadline for applications is January 15.


There are 4 steps to follow to complete your application:


STEP 1: Complete Page One. At this point your application information will automatically be entered into our database. You will then receive your unique user ID and password via email.
Please keep this information to use when logging back into your application.


STEP 2: Complete all Required Information. If you have logged off before completing all required information, use your password and ID to access your application again. Complete pages 2 and 3. You may log off and on as often as you wish until all required information is completed. Be sure to scan and attach your unofficial transcript(s) on page 2 of the application.

STEP 3: Officially Submit Your Application. Go to the bottom of page 3 to review the checklist of which required fields are completed and those which are not. Then, click the button at the bottom of page 3, “Submit Final Version for Review.” By officially submitting your application, you will let us know it is ready for formal review.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documents. The following documents are required to make your electronic application complete:
    Test Scores: GRE scores are required for all applicants; TOEFL scores are required for international applicants only. Official scores are required; however, unofficial scores may be entered on page 2 of the application and are sufficient until the official scores arrive. Your scores should be sent to institution code 1871. The GRE Department code for this program is: 1999

    Letters of Recommendation
    (minimum of 3, maximum of 5) may be submitted electronically. When you enter your recommender’s email address (page 2 of the application), we will notify them via email and provide instructions on how to complete their recommendation.

    Writing Sample:
    A 15 to 25-page writing sample that demonstrates your critical and analytical skills must be electronically uploaded on page 3 of the application.

    Transcripts:
    Do NOT send your transcripts by mail. This will delay the review of your application. We will request your official transcripts only if an offer of admission is extended to you.

If you have applied previously to Vanderbilt University and wish to reapply,
you must access your previous record in order to create a new application,
under the "Re-Apply" heading of your Applicant Menu page.

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For more information on graduate studies in Political Science,
visit the Political Science Department website

For specific questions about the program, please contact Professor Cindy Kam, the Director of Graduate Studies, at (615) 322-4946
or e-mail: cindy.d.kam@vanderbilt.edu

If applicable, paper letters of recommendation and writing samples *only* (No Other Paper Materials) may be sent to:

Graduate Applications - College of Arts and Science
ATTN: Political Science
Vanderbilt University
411 Kirkland Hall
Nashville, TN 37240


For technical questions regarding the application process, please contact us at 615-343-2727 or via e-mail to vandygrad@vanderbilt.edu

 

 

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