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Submit your online application and all required admission materials no later than the stated deadlines to be considered for admission. Please note that some programs only accept students for the fall term.

Materials submitted for admission consideration are university property and will not be returned to the applicant.

Admissions Deadlines

December 15: All PhD program applicants

June 15: Master’s applicants (international)

August 15: Master’s, Graduate Certificate, and Non-Degree Special Status applicants (non-international)

October 1: Master’s applicants (international)

December 15: Master’s, Graduate Certificate, and Non-Degree Special Status applicants (non-international)

Summer 1 Term

April 15: Non-Degree Special Status applicants and all School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs programs (non-international), except PhD Public Policy and MA International Affairs applicants

Summer 2 Term

June 15: MPA applicants (non-international)

Required Materials

US $75.00

Unofficial Transcripts

Upload unofficial transcripts to the ApplyYourself system as part of your application. If admitted, you will have 30 days after classes start to provide an official copy of all degree-bearing transcripts. If official transcripts are uploaded into ApplyYourself, these may be deemed sufficient.

Transcripts from International Applicants

Transcripts from international applicants must be in English and, if applicable, also in the language of instruction. English-translated transcripts must be from:

  • the institution, or
  • an officially certified translator, or
  • an educational credential evaluation agency.

Degree Programs

Three letters of recommendation are required for all degree programs and are submitted by the letter writers via the online application system.

Certificate Programs

One letter of recommendation is required for graduate certificate programs and is submitted by the letter writer via the online application system.

Writing samples are required for the following programs:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice – all degree applicants
  • English – all applicants (including non-degree, Special Students)
  • History – all degree applicants
  • Political Science – PhD and MA
  • Sociology – PhD

English Proficiency

  • Proof of degree earned from a U.S. institution, or
  • Upload unofficial test scores then send official exam scores from either the TOEFL iBT (ETS institution code is 3682), IELTS, IELTS Indicator*, Duolingo or PTE exam

*Language Test Score Announcement

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CSSH Graduate Programs will accept the IELTS Indicator Test in addition to the IELTS, TOEFL, Duolingo and PTE exam. The IELTS Indicator Test score requirements/target minimums are the same as the IELTS itself as listed below.

Minimum and Target Scores

Criminology and Criminal Justice – All programs

  • Minimum 100 TOEFL iBT (or 7.0 IELTS or PTE equivalent)
  • 105 Duolingo

English – All Programs

  • Minimum 90 TOEFL iBT (or 6.5 IELTS or PTE equivalent)
  • Target score 120 Duolingo
  • Minimum 110 Duolingo

Economics – All programs

  • 85 TOEFL iBT (or 6.5 IELTS or PTE equivalent)
  • Minimum 110 Duolingo

Political Science – PhD, MA, MS

  • Minimum 100 TOEFL iBT (or 7.0 IELTS or PTE equivalent)
  • 105 Duolingo

School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs – All programs

  • Target score 100 TOEFL iBT (or 7.0 IELTS or PTE equivalent)
  • Target score 120 Duolingo

Sociology – PhD

  • Minimum 90 TOEFL iBT (or 6.5 IELTS or PTE equivalent)
  • 105 Duolingo

All programs not previously mentioned

  • 79-80 TOEFL iBT (or 6.5 IELTS or PTE equivalent)
  • 105 Duolingo

Test scores may be helpful for applicants with little or no experience beyond the undergraduate degree.

An applicant can upload an unofficial copy of GRE General Exam scores to the online application, then request official scores through ETS (institution code 3682).