How to Apply

How to apply

If you would like to pursue coursework and research in any of a stunning range of political science topics with our prestigious faculty, the Indiana University Department of Political Science may be the place for you. We invite your application to our top-ranked Ph.D. program, and hope that you will consider joining the ranks of our hundreds of graduates who have gone on to successful careers in academia and beyond. (See the summary of our NRC rankings.)

The Department of Political Science is also presently considering applications for its two-year MA program


International students: graduate application information

In addition to the application materials listed above, international students are required to provide additional documentation. International students are required to take the TOEFL.  The Graduate Record Examination general test is optional. Scores should be sent directly to:

Office of International Services/Admissions
Poplars 221
400 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405

  • Three letters of recommendation are required. The referees should be persons who can evaluate your potential for graduate study.
  • The deadline for submitting the online application for admission and financial assistance is December 15, for admittance in the following fall.
  • You must fill out the online application, upload your personal statement, which should indicate your goals, plans, and preparation for graduate study at Indiana University.
  • Any outstanding awards or accomplishments should be included in this statement.

You can also upload your writing sample and any other document relevant to the application. You will need to mail your transcripts to:

  • International Admissions/Office of International Services
    Poplars 221
    400 E. 7th Street
    Bloomington, IN 47405

You can request ETS to send your TOEFL and GRE scores to Indiana University. The codes are:

  • Indiana University Institution Code: 1324
  • Department Code for the GRE is 1999; 1901; or 1902
  • Department Code for TOEFL is 92
  • Completed files will be reviewed by the Department's Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Committee. The results of the review will be e-mailed to the student by early March.