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Department of Political Science

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Application Process and Requirements

The Application Process
1. Fill out the University application form online by going here. You will be provided links to the department materials you need to submit along with the University application. Please note that the application for entry into the MAAPP program is listed under the major name "Applied American Politics and Policy." Applicants should select the Campus/Location as "Main Campus-Tallahassee." The degree is a Master’s of Science.

2. Department Application: Department Application Form 

3. An OFFICIAL copy of transcripts from all previous universities/colleges attended must be submitted to the following address:

Florida State University
Office of Admissions
A2500 University Center
282 Champions Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Students having earned a bachelor's degree from FSU are not required to submit paper copies of transcripts.

4. Statement of Purpose (approx. 500 words), detailing your interest in the program and career goals, as well as any other important information you wish for the Admissions Committee to consider.

5. Arrange for your GRE scores to be sent to the University’s Graduate Admissions Office. (The University's code is 5219).

6. International students must also submit TOEFL scores to the University’s Graduate Admissions office. Per University requirements, a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based examination or 550 on the paper-based examination, are required for admission into the program. Other English proficiency examinations will not be accepted.

Applicants will receive notification of the admissions decision after all admissions materials have been received and reviewed.

Students are admitted to the MAAPP program in the fall, spring, and summer terms. The University's deadlines are: July 1 for fall term; November 1 for spring; and March 1 for summer. The admission committee will conduct an initial review of applications for the Fall semester for applications submitted prior to April 15. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials as early as possible, since the total number of spots in the program and for any given semester is limited.

Students applying for the program should have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their upper-level coursework at the undergraduate level (GPA is calculated beginning with the semester the student reaches their sixtieth credit hour as listed on undergraduate transcripts).

The University requires the completion of a graduate-entry examination. The MAAPP program will accept the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a target score of 149 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the exam, or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) with a target score of 151. Materials are submitted electronically to the department via the University’s graduate admissions application system. While these examination scores are not firm minimums for admission into the program, and a comprehensive review of the applicant's file will be completed by the admissions committee, test scores well below these may be grounds for denial of admission to the program. The applicant's personal statement of goals and interests, along with the departmental admission form, are also required. No letters of recommendation should be submitted for applicants to this program.