MAps admissions


Information session for Fall 2024 applicants will be held
Saturday, April 13,  11am-12 pm via Zoom: 


  1. Applicants to the MA in Political Science program are required to submit the University application through Cal State Apply
    (this includes a statement of purpose).
  2. The program also requires the following documents be submitted through Cal State Apply:
    • Writing sample (a 5-10 page paper from a political science or related socal science course)
    • Two to three academic letters of recommendation (these should be from professors who can speak to your ability to succeed in a masters program)





  • When applying you must specify the campus and program.
  • Applicants are advised to log in to their "portal" regularly to keep up-to-date on the application, including any documentation required.
  • CSUF Admissions must receive official transcripts from every institution of higher education you have attended including all community colleges.
    (If possible, include your name and CSUF student ID (CWID) written clearly on the outside envelope)
  • Official transcripts should be sent to:
    California State University, Fullerton
    Office of Admissions 
    P.O. Box 6900
    Fullerton, CA 92834-6900

Admission Requirements

University requirements are a baccalaureate from an accredited institution and a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units attempted.

In addition to the university requirements, acceptance into the M.A. in Political Science (MAPS) program requires a grade-point average of 3.0 in the major field and in all political science courses. If the major is not in social science, the GPA requirement also applies to upper-division social science courses taken. If a student's GPA does not meet these criteria, the student may appeal to the program for a waiver, but an applicant's GPA is taken very seriously.

Normally, admission to the MAPS requires that a student possess a bachelor's degree in political science, a minor in political science, or a major in a related social science field with a minimum of 15 units of political science courses. For those without such a background, the program may require the applicant to take a group of prerequisite political science courses at the 300 and/or 400 level prior to beginning graduate coursework.

Applications are evaluated competitively. The GRE is not required, but applicants are advised to submit GRE scores if their GPA is not competitive (below a 3.3 cumulative GPA).

International applicants should please check with International Admissions for additional admissions requirements.  

Admissions Timeline

Once applications are received by the program, they are considered on a rolling basis. The application process is closed once we admit enough students to make up a full cohort. Applicants are strongly urged to submit their applications as early as possible for full consideration.

Spring 2025 applications:  August 1, 2024-- November 15, 2024 for domestic applicants;

August 1, 2024-- October 1, 2024 for international applicants

Fall 2025 applications: October 1, 2024--June 15, 2025 for domestic applicants;

October 1, 2024--April 15, 2025 for international applicants


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