Graduate Studies

Prospective Students: Admissions & Deadlines

Admission Process

Applicants for admission to the MA and PhD programs must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. GRE scores are not required for the MPA program. They should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted in support of their application. Applicants also should follow our guidelines to write a statement of purpose.

The UA Graduate School website is the place to go for application materials and information about the application process; you will find an online application there.  All admission materials are submitted to the Graduate School. Letters of recommendation may either be submitted online by the letter writer, or sent directly to this address:

Mr. Trey Adams
Department of Political Science
Box 870213
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487


All materials must be received by the Graduate School by their regular deadlines, which are July 1 for the fall semester, and October 15 for the spring semester. Note, however, that if you want to be considered for funding, all materials must be received in the Graduate School by February 15 to receive full consideration.

More information about deadlines may be found on the UA Graduate School website’s Apply Now section. Following are links to the Graduate School’s application and deadline information for each degree program:


Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are available through the Department on a competitive basis for PhD students, or, very rarely, for exceptional MA or MPA students. All new applicants will automatically be considered for funding. Most GTA positions are awarded beginning in the fall term.

International students who are awarded GTA positions should be aware that they must enroll in the International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) and pass a proficiency exam before teaching their own courses. They must pass this exam by the end of the summer following their second year of funding or risk loss of funding.