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Admission Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Arts in Political Science program at California State University, Long Beach. Below you will find important information that will guide you through the application process. If you have any further questions please email the graduate coordinator Dr. Goldstein at

Political Science Department Admissions Requirements

The minimum prerequisites necessary for admission consideration are:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a major in political science or a bachelor’s degree with 24 upper division units in political science comparable to those required for a major in political science at this university.
  • A 3.0 (“B”) GPA in political science courses taken as an undergraduate.
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from academic sources), each accompanied by an applicant assessment form
  • A statement of purpose of approximately 500 words. Include a discussion of applicant’s motivations and qualifications for entering the MA program.

Students who have not majored in political science and do not have 24 units of upper division political science work are encouraged to consult with the graduate coordinator for further advice.

International Student Admissions Requirements

The application process is somewhat different for international applicants. Please check with the Center for International Education for further details on the specific requirements for international applicants. Contact Information:

  • Center for International Education (CIE) 1250 Bellflower Blvd., BH 201 Long beach, CA 90840-0109 (562)985-5476

NOTE: Although the CIE website lists its own application deadline, always follow the Political Science department deadlines.

Admissions Schedule

Spring 2018 admission deadline: October 1, 2017

Fall 2018 admission deadline: February 15, 2018

Application Requirements


The following materials are required for ALL applicants:

  • 1. University Application via Cal State Apply ( (international applicants must complete University International Graduate Application)
  • 2. Official Transcripts from all colleges attended (international applicants, see note below*)
    • Submit official electronic transcripts to Enrollment Services at or mail to the address below:

Enrollment Services Brotman Hall, Room 101 1250 Bellflower Boulevard Long Beach, CA 90840-0106

  • 3. Department Application.
  • 4. A statement of purpose of approximately 500 words that includes a discussion of your motivations and qualification for entering the MA program.
  • 5. Three academic Letters of Recommendation, each accompanied by an applicant assessment form.  (At least two from academic sources)

Requirements 3 to 5 are to be mailed to:

Department of Political Science- SSPA 257 Attn: Graduate Coordinator 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840

* International applicants: transcripts and official English test scores must be sent directly to CIE. Please check with CIE for details.

Application Success Tools

Application Checklist (Domestic applicants)

Application Checklist (International applicants)

Financial Aid: If you are planning to apply for financial aid to support your graduate study, please be sure to submit your application materials as soon as possible; it is a good idea to do so prior to being informed of your acceptance to the program, as some grants (such as the State University Grant) have early application deadlines. For more information see: the Financial Aid Website. You may also consult the University’s Center for Scholarship Information for potential scholarship opportunities.