The Department of Government
The Department of Government

Welcome to the Department of Government Graduate Program

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Thank you for considering The University of Texas at Austin Department of Government graduate program.

Some of the students accepted into our program already have extensive training in political science, either at the undergraduate or graduate level. Others have majored in related disciplines such as economics, history, law, philosophy, international business or sociology.

The department is seeking students with exceptional academic ability whose letters of recommendation, academic profile and writing sample indicate a capacity for sustained, sophisticated and original scholarly activity. It wants to encourage a stimulating learning environment and a vigorous exchange of ideas by admitting a student body that is intellectually and socially diverse.

On or around September 1, 2022, we will begin to accept applications for Fall 2023 graduate admissions. The application deadline for the Department of Government is December 1 in the year preceding your desired date of admission. For Fall 2023, the admission deadline is Dec. 1, 2022.

Students are admitted to our graduate program once each year for enrollment beginning in the fall semester only. Only in rare and extraordinary circumstances will the Department of Government consider non-degree seeking students or terminal Master’s applicants. Applicants expecting to gain admission should be Ph.D., degree-seeking students.

We have broken down instructions for applying to the program into six sections. You can access each section below or through the navigation panel to the left.

Before You Apply

Step 1: ApplyTexas

Step 2: Transcripts and Test Scores

Step 3: Additional Materials Required by the Department

Step 4: Checking Your Status

Concluding Notes and Contact Information


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    The University of Texas at Austin
    158 W 21st ST STOP A1800
    Batts Hall 2.116
    Austin, TX 78712-1704