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International Student Graduate Admissions

Slate Admissions Application

All international students are required to obtain the documentation necessary to comply with current immigration regulations. Students are encouraged to apply for their visa early to provide ample time for visa processing.
Contact the University of Utah International Student & Scholars Services - for specific information on issues and concerns pertaining to international students.

Application for international student admissions to the Political Science Department at the University of Utah is a four-step process:

  1. Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This exam is required for the 2025-2026 application. 
  2. Submit an application for admission to the University of Utah Graduate School by clicking on the Slate Admissions button.
  3. Complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  4. All supporting documents must be uploaded to the Slate online application.

Application Deadlines for applicants wishing to begin during Fall Semester:

  • August 1                2025-2026 application opens
  • December 15      GRE Completed
  • January 15          Slate application deadline & upload all supporting documents. 

With the use of the Slate Graduate Admissions Application, applicants will track their application status online through Slate.

University of Utah Graduate School Admissions Application

An offer of acceptance is valid only for the semester the applicant is admitted. If an applicant does not register for classes during their admitted term, the applicant must resubmit an admissions application and fee before the application deadline for the semester they wish to begin. Files for new applicants who do not enroll are normally kept one year. Files not reactivated within one year are destroyed.

Once admitted and enrolled, graduate students are required by Graduate School policy to maintain continuous registration during the academic year of fall and spring semesters. If a graduate student must stop, they should file the appropriate paperwork for an "Official Leave of Absence" through the graduate studies director. Students failing to maintain continuous registration and who have not been granted an official leave of absence must reapply for admission to the Graduate School through the University's Admissions Office.

The University of Utah is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all programs, activities, and employment. Moreover, students may not be denied admission to graduate work solely because they obtained a prior degree at the University of Utah. For additional information, see the U of U Graduate School admissions requirements.

An applicant for admission to the Graduate School must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a Ministry of Education recognized international college of university or a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university. International Admissions officers will determine if applicants with international degrees meet the Graduate School's requirement of recognized bachelor's degree.
  • At least 3.2 or higher undergraduate, based on all undergraduate work, is required for the department to accept a graduate application.
  • Application approval by the department Graduate Studies Committee.
  • Meeting the English proficiency requirement
    • If your first language is not English, then have your English proficiency scores sent to the Office of Admissions
      • Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports must be less than two years old at the time of admission and scores must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from Educational Testing Service (TOEFL) or from the IELTS center where you took the test. The University of Utah code is 4853, the departmental code is 89
      • Have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT or better, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better. (Minimum score requirements are subject to change).
      • If you have recently graduated from an accredited college or university in the United States or if you have had your Permanent Resident card for at least 5 years, you may not need to send your English proficiency scores. Contact International Admissions for more information
    • Students who have previously completed the TOEFL or IELTS, but have been outside of the United States for two or more years since taking the examination will be required to complete a new TOEFL or IELTS exam and meet the minimum requirement



Graduate students may apply to more than one department; however, a separate, complete applications must be submitted for each department desired. Only one application fee is charged if applications are for the same semester and year, with a maximum of two departmental applications applied for each application fee.

If you filled out your first application online, you will need to download a second application and send it in to the Admissions Office. Include a written statement that it is your second application and no fee should be required.

NEW - Application Tracking System -
Track your  application online through your Slate account.  If you are admitted, you will track your application through the University Admissions office website.

Last Updated: 6/11/24