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JD/MA Political Science

 Course Level
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

26502 USD
12266 USD

Application fee

International 90 USD
National 70 USD
Department of Political Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

The Department of Political Science offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. Students are not admitted to the master's degree program in Political Science, except for the Civic Leadership concentration. The department is not accepting applications to the Public Administration program.

Graduate study in political science at the University of Illinois
Our graduate program is highly selective. Each year our goal is to admit a small group of the most capable applicants. In a small program, students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members, and many of our students publish articles while in graduate school. The small size also contributes to a supportive and collegial environment in the graduate program, one of our great strengths.

Research Opportunities
Our students maintain an active research agenda. Most publish while in graduate school, alone or in collaboration with their colleagues or faculty mentors. Browse our student publications, 1990–present.

The University of Illinois is part of the Consortium for Institutional Cooperation (the CIC), an organization composed of Big-10 universities and the University of Chicago. CIC membership allows students to participate easily in programs at other CIC institutions, including the Michigan/ICPSR summer methods program and the Indiana University language programs. In addition, CIC video courses bring students into contact with faculty and students at other institutions.

Teaching Training
The University of Illinois offers graduate students the unique opportunity to earn a Graduate Teacher Certificate and an Advanced Graduate Teacher Certificate. These certificate programs help students become superior teachers by providing them instruction on innovative and effective pedagogical techniques.

The PhD program primarily trains future college and university professors. We have placed students at a wide range of colleges and universities, including top research universities and prestigious teaching institutions. A few of our graduates have gone on to public service, or found employment in the private sector. The department maintains a placement service to assist our students in finding their first position after receiving the PhD. We maintain an updated list of PhD placements.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.
  • Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
  • TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
  • Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.


 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

 English Proficiency- Test Minimum for Limited Status Admission with English as a Second Language Placement Test Required*-Minimum for Full Status Admission

  • TOEFL iBT 79-102 greater than 102
  • TOEFL CBT 213-253 greater than 253
  • TOEFL PBT 550-610 greater than 610
  • IELTS (academic exam) 6.5 with a score of 6 or higher in all sub-sections greater than 6.5

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Course Modules

The M.A./J.D. joint degree program is a track in the Civic Leadership Program that provides qualified students with the opportunity to complete both degrees in just three years of post-baccalaureate study. Illinois students who have been named Civic Leadership Fellows in the fall of their junior year of undergraduate study, and who have taken the LSAT by the time they are selected as a fellow, are eligible for early admission into the College of Law. Students must fulfill the requirements for the M.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Civic Leadership as detailed above. The College of Law will recognize up to 12 hours of credit taken in fulfillment of the Civic Leadership Program M.A. requirements. In addition, a minimum of 78 hours of Law courses will be required to meet the 90 hours required for the J.D. degree. For information contact the Director, Civic Leadership Program, Department of Political Science.

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How to Apply

 The application deadline for admission in fall 2016 is January 1, 2016.

A complete application consists of:

-- An application form and fee.

-- A personal statement explaining why you wish to study political science at the University of Illinois.

-- A sample of your written work, such as a paper you wrote for a political science course.

-- Transcripts from every college or university you have attended, whether or not you earned a degree there.

-- A minimum of three letters of reference.

-- Your GRE scores. You need only report your scores to the University, not to our department; the University of Illinois's code is 1836.

-- If English is not your first language, your TOEFL score reports.

Please submit all your application materials through the UIUC Graduate College's online application process. Do not mail them to our department. Your references will be prompted by an automated email message to upload their letters. If they are unable to do so, they may send their letters to the address below:

Department of Political Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Attn. Graduate Admissions
420 David Kinley Hall MC-713
1407 W Gregory Dr
Urbana IL 61801

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