Applications for admission to the International Affairs or Political Science M.A. programs must include an application form, a $50 processing fee (waived for alumni of other Marquette University graduate programs overseen by the Graduate School), three letters of recommendation, transcripts of your previous education, a statement of purpose, and GRE scores. Applicants for the Joint M.A.-J.D. may submit LSAT scores in lieu of GRE scores, applicants to the M.A.-M.B.A. Joint Degree Program may submit GMAT scores instead of GRE scores, and applicants for the five year B.A.-M.A. Accelerated Degree Program are not required to submit test scores. International students must submit TOEFL scores (see below). Applications may be strengthened by a writing sample. All materials except those submitted online should be sent to the Marquette University Graduate School at:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Holthusen Hall, 305
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Application forms must be completed online.
$50 Processing Fee
Applications cannot be processed without this non-refundable fee. Facilities for paying this by credit card are included in the online application. You may also submit this fee by check or money order.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are usually written by your current or former professors, but may also be written by your employer or other qualified individual. Your recommenders should be submit their letters online if at all possible. When you use the online application system, you can have your recommenders notified by email about the process for submitting their recommendation letter. The content of the letter is at the discretion of the writer, but topics may include your academic abilities and achievements, your intellectual capacity and creativity, your capacity for demanding work, and so forth.
We require official transcripts, which are usually obtained from the Registrar at the institution you have attended. (Applicants for the five year B.A.-M.A. program may authorize the Department to obtain them through University channels.)
Applicants should make arrangements with ETS to sit for the GRE exam and request that ETS forward their scores to Marquette. The institution code for Marquette University is R1448 and the relevant GRE Department codes are 1901 for International Relations and 1902 for Political Science and Government. Note that applicants to the Joint M.A.-J.D. Program may submit LSAT scores in lieu of GRE scores, applicants to the M.A.-M.B.A. Joint Degree Program program may submit GMAT scores instead of GRE scores, and that applicants to the five year B.A.-M.A. Accelerated Degree Program are not required to submit GRE scores.
International students are required to submit TOEFL scores. Due to the heavy reading, writing, and discussion expectations in our program, successful international applicants typically have a minimum score of 100 on the iBT TOEFL exam.
The best personal statements summarize your academic interests and achievements and your career goals. We are interested in which political science and international affairs topics you wish to study. You may also want to emphasize strengths that may not otherwise be obvious from your application file and address any weaknesses in your credentials. In short, why should we admit you? What do you bring to the table as a prospective graduate student that a "typical" applicant to our program might not?
(Optional) This could be any political science or international affairs paper that you have written.