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International Student Graduate Admissions

This year, the Department of Political Science will be waiving GRE completion requirements for applications. Submitting a GRE score will be considered optional.


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 Center - 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).
  2. Submit an application for admission to the University of Utah Graduate School by clicking on the ApplyYourself button.
  3. Complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  4. All supporting documents must be uploaded to the ApplyYourself online application.

Application Deadlines for applicants wishing to begin during Fall Semester:

  • November 15

GRE completed

  • January 15

AY Application deadline & upload all supporting documents. Refer to GRE information below

With the use of the AY Graduate Admissions Application, applicants will track their application status online through ApplyYourself.
All questions concerning admissions and application materials should be directed to:

Monika Kowalski
Graduate Program Coordinator
260 S. Central Campus Drive
Gardner Commons, Suite 3345
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: 801.581.8608
Fax: 801.585.6492

Please refer to the Master’s Degree or the Doctoral Degree for general information and the handbooks.

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 his/her admitted term, the applicant must resubmit an admissions application and fee before the application deadline for the semester he/she wishes 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, he/she should file the appropriate paperwork for an "Official Leave of Absence" through his/her academic department.  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.
  • Meeting the English proficiency requirement (See below).
  • Application approval by the department Graduate Studies Committee.
  • English Proficiency Requirements
  • 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


Admission Fees

All International graduate applications are charged a $65 processing fee.
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 ApplyYourself application online through your AY account.  If you are admitted, you will track your application through the University Admissions office website


Political Science Department Graduate Admissions Materials
Upload the following materials to the AY application:

Official Transcripts

Transcripts of all previous academic work, both graduate and undergraduate must be mailed to the Admissions Office directly from each school attended. Former students must have transcripts sent for work completed since last enrolled. Transcripts submitted for admission become the property of the University and are not returned. Failure to list all institutions previously attended or making false or misleading statements on the application may result in loss of credit and/or cancellation of admission status.
Request one official transcripts from each college and/or University (except the University of Utah) attended, regardless of length of attendance. Upload the transcripts to the online system. Original transcripts will be required by mail if admitted.  Mail transcripts to University Admissions.

Office of Admissions
University of Utah
201 S. 1460 E   Room 250S
Salt Lake City, UT   84112

School records must be presented in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal and complete.
School records must be submitted on an official school document and list the name and address of the school, the dates enrolled, grading system, description of each subject or examination, and mark or grade earned in each subject or examination.
A statement of rank in class should be provided by the school from which the applicant graduated.

A Letter of Purpose

The letter of purpose should be brief, approximately 500 words, and should include your areas of interest within political science, why you want to pursue a graduate degree in political science and any other information relevant to the admissions decision that you would like the review committee to consider, such as career objectives or previous experience.

Letters of Recommendation

You will need to have a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation sent to the department directly from the individuals writing your recommendations. Each endorser should complete the reference form via the AY application system.  The most valuable references will be from individuals who are qualified to evaluate your academic potential as a graduate student in political science. Faculty who know you well are generally the most helpful, but letters from employers or others may be submitted if faculty references are not available.

Academic Writing Sample

The writing sample should be a research paper, or other academic paper, you have written that represents your best academic work. While writing samples may be on any topic, the most useful writing samples will be those which show your ability to write clearly and convincingly, cite scholarly sources properly, discuss theoretical or conceptual material and evaluate relevant evidence.

Financial Aid

The department provides financial aid, on a competitive basis, in the form of renewable teaching assistant and research assistant award for a single academic year.  The assistantship includes a stipend,  health benefits, and tuition waiver.  Check the financial aid section on the AY application.


An accumulation of education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments.

Graduate Record Examination

Complete the Graduate Record Examination -  (GRE) General Test at least one month prior to submitting an application for admissions to the University of Utah Graduate School. The Political Science Department does not require any GRE Subject Tests. Applicants who have already completed the GRE must retake the GRE if the test was completed five (5) years or more prior to the date of application.
Take the General Test (computer-based and/or paper-based) only once per calendar month, and no more than five times within any 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. Request that the report go to BOTH the University of Utah (Code 4853) and to the Political Science Department (Codes 1902 - or - 1999).
Requests for nonstandard testing accommodations must be made through ETS.


  • 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

The University has the right to request additional English testing if deemed necessary by a University official. Such students will be referred to the English Language Institute or the Linguistics Department. Regular academic schooling may be deferred until such time as the required level of English proficiency is achieved.

A minimum score of 80iBT and 6.5 IELTS or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose first language is not English, is required for the department to accept a graduate application (minimum TOEFL requirement subject to change).

The TOEFL Test is offered in 2 testing formats: Internet-based test (iBT) and paper-based test (PBT). The format you take depends on your test center location. -


If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call 801.581.8608.

  • International Center
    After you are admitted, your main contact on campus is the International Center for advising on all visa issues, orientation, international student resources, housing and other issues for international students.  International Center Website
    If you are accepted into the graduate program, you will then be required to send official copies of degrees and diplomas, transcripts, mark sheets and school records from all colleges or universities attended. Sent directly from the school attended to the Admissions Office.
Last Updated: 4/9/21