Thank you for your interest in the Master of International and Comparative Politics Program (ICP)!
Admission to the program is competitive. Applications are reviewed each Spring for admission the following Fall Semester. Students may join the program on either a full-time or part-time basis. Although each student’s time constraints, research availability and commitment level may vary, students generally need approximately two years to successfully complete the entire program.
Students may download applications or apply online through the Wright State University Graduate School webpage: http://www.wright.edu/graduate-school/admissions/apply-now.
Please note that all correspondence pertaining to admissions (including recommendation letters, transcripts, and essays) should be addressed to:
School of Graduate Studies
Wright State University
E344 Student Union
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, Ohio 45435-0001
The WSU Graduate School will coordinate the processing of the application – once all of the materials have been received by the Graduate School, they will be sent to the Graduate Admissions Committee in the Department of Political Science. The Program Director will then contact the applicant to schedule an Admissions Interview. This interview may be conducted either via telephone or in person, whichever is most convenient for the candidate.
In addition to the general items required by the WSU Graduate School, the ICP program requires three letters of recommendation, preferably from college instructors familiar with candidates’ intellectual skills, or from supervisors who can speak to the analytical capabilities or other special skills of a candidate. There are no cover sheets required for these letters. Please have your letter writers send their recommendations directly to the Graduate School at the address provided above.
Candidates should also prepare an essay that discusses a current issue or policy related to international affairs or comparative politics. The essay should be approximately 500 words and should include sources. Additionally, students should prepare a brief statement of purpose (approximately 1 page) that introduces their academic and/or professional background as well as their goals for graduate study.
The priority deadline for all materials to be received by the Graduate School is March 31 of the application year. After this date, students will be considered only as seats become available (top students will be placed on a waitlist). Students planning to apply for graduate assistantships and scholarships (please see the “Financial Assistance” link) should plan to have their applications reviewed by the March 31st deadline.
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