Applicants for admission to the M.A., M.P.A., and Ph.D. programs must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.
The 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 the Department to: Mrs. Kayla Key, Department of Political Science, Box 870213, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
All materials must be received in 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, there is an earlier deadline. To receive full consideration, all materials must be received in the Graduate School by February 15.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are available through the Department on a competitive basis for Ph.D. students, or, very rarely, for exceptional M.A. or M.P.A. 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 (ITA P) 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.