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The Simple Steps to Joining the EIU Political Science Graduate Program

Applying to the Political Science Graduate Program is a two part process:

  1. Submit application materials via MyEIU. If you are an international student, make sure you designate yourself as such in MyEIU; otherwise, choose the Graduate School when you log into MyEIU.

  2. International students can learn more about admission requirements through the Office of International Students and Scholars.
  3. Some graduate students may be eligible for an application fee waiver. We encourage students who are underrepresented in graduate school, who are 1st generation graduate students, or who have life experiences that would add to the diversity of our program to apply. Please read the application guidelines here.

  4. Once you are admitted to EIU, then select the Political Science Graduate program within MyEIU, and complete the department application located there.

Sign Up for MyEIU and Learn More about Eastern

Your MyEIU account is free and easy; all it takes is an email address to get started. You can even sign up via Facebook! Once you've logged into MyEIU, you can learn everything there is to know about Eastern and get information about everything the university has to offer — all tailored to your unique set of interests!

Apply to the Graduate School

All students can apply to the graduate school through MyEIU. The graduate school requires:

  1. A complete online application
  2. A copy of your official transcripts
  3. A $30 application fee

Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.

Apply to the Program

Once you've completed EIU's Graduate School online application, please select the Political Science graduate program in MyEIU.

All applicants will upload a professional goals statement, where you address why you seek admission into our program. This statement should be approximately 300 words. In addition, you must provide at least two emails for references, ideally from faculty, or from your employer or supervisor.

Keep an Eye on Your Admission Status

You'll be able to keep tabs on the status of your application through MyEIU; you'll receive a message when you have been officially admitted to EIU!

Apply for an Assistantship

f you are interested in a graduate assistantship, you also need to submit a graduate assistantship application. You can submit this application in MyEIU when you apply.

Graduate assistantships are typically awarded in accordance with the academic year, though some are occasionally available in January. Fall assistantship applications are normally accepted through March 1; a decision for the next academic year comes within a month. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here.

Join Us in Charleston!

Now you're ready for your first semester at Eastern! Welcome to the EIU family! We're glad to have you, and we're confident you'll be glad you came!

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree
  2. Completed EIU Graduate School application
  3. Completed application (personal statement and two reference letters with accompanying reference form)
  4. TOEFL for international students