All M.A. Programs
A writing sample is required. It should be a paper from an undergraduate or graduate class, a chapter from a thesis, or a publication. It should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to analyze a topic insightfully and write clearly. While you are encouraged to submit a writing sample from a political science or related course, it is understood that not all applicants are in a position to do so. It should be written in the English language. The writing sample should be double-spaced and should not exceed 25 pages, excluding references.
All Ph.D. Programs
A writing sample demonstrating academic work in social science is required. This sample might be a paper or chapter of a thesis from your undergraduate career, or a Master’s thesis paper, or a coauthored research paper from a research assistant position. It should be between 25 and 50 pages, double-spaced, exclusive of references or appendix tables. The sample should demonstrate your ability to think analytically about some social science question, and communicate clearly.