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Graduate Program in Political Science

Master of Arts in Political Science

The primary aim of our program is to foster an understanding of government and politics in general and also to promote the development of analytic and other scholarly skills.

Our view of the discipline is broad and, in some respects traditional. We encourage students first to acquire a good foundation in basic course work and the tradition of political discourse along with some exposure to the many subfields of political science before pursuing more specialized interests.

The 30-unit program, which students customize to meet their interests and career goals, is designed to fit the needs of working professionals with classes held in the evenings.


David Andersen-Rodgers, Professor and Graduate Coordinator
(916) 278-7095


The Graduate Coordinator advises all prospective and incoming students.

Once a student is established in the program, the professor the student works most closely with and who supervises their thesis or comprehensive exams will serve as their advisor.

Financial Aid

The Department of Political Science is unable to provide financial assistance to its graduate students. Graduate students are eligible, however, to apply for the Douglas McDaniel Memorial Scholarship, the Livingston Fellowship, and the Donald R. Gerth Scholarship in Political Science which are available to be awarded each year. Students seeking assistance should contact the CSUS Financial Aid Office.

Admission Requirements & Procedures

Admission as a classified graduate student in Political Science requires:

  • A baccalaureate degree and
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 units attempted and 3.0 in the major.

All prospective graduate students, including CSUS graduates, must complete the following:

  • Submit Online Application, Fees & Documentation

    1. Complete Online Application at least one week before the March 1, 2022 deadline to allow time for all steps of the application process to be complete before the deadline
    2. All post-baccalaureate/graduate applicants must pay the $70 in U.S. funds, non-refundable application fee. Said fee is required for each application filed and is required at the time the application is submitted.

    3. Submit transcripts and other documents to the Office of Graduate Studies by the Application Deadline for your program. Please see the Transcripts section for details. Applicants with foreign documents are required to submit their transcripts one month prior to the application deadline to allow time for evaluation (see Applicants with Foreign Documents for more information).

    Department Supplemental Applications

    • Statement of Purpose
    • Writing Sample
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study. We prefer letters from faculty familiar with the applicant’s academic work, but we understand some people applying have been out of school for several years.

    Applicants will be prompted to upload the above items through Cal State Apply during the application process.

    Please note: A University Application is always required and incomplete applications will be denied.

    Transcripts and Academic Records

    Applicants are required to submit one (1) OFFICIAL transcript from ALL colleges and universities attended, in university sealed envelopes or through the university’s e-transcript service, directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by the application deadline. Applications will not be processed until all transcripts have been received.
    Transcripts are considered unofficial if the transcripts are electronically sent directly from the applicant's personal email address OR if a physical transcript arrives via mail that is not in an Official University sealed envelope.

    Submission of Transcripts

    • Please do not have the university send transcripts through their e-transcript service BEFORE you apply. If your application is not yet in our system, your transcripts may not be matched to your application resulting in delays.
    • Electronic transcripts must be sent directly to The Office of Graduate Studies via an official University e-transcript service.
    • Transcripts already on file with CSU, Sacramento need not be resubmitted unless there is additional coursework to be reported. If you completed your Undergrad coursework at Sac State, we do not need your transcripts again.
    • The average processing time for transcripts is 1-2 weeks after they are received. This time may be longer during peak times, so please allow adequate time for processing. Also, allow additional processing time if the name on the transcript does not match the name on your application.

    For electronic transcripts submission systems that allow you to enter an e-mail address, please use the following e-mail address:

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to enter the correct e-mail address and to confirm that the Office of Graduate Studies has received their transcript(s).

    Physical transcripts for those institutions that do not send official transcripts electronically can be addressed to:

    Office of Graduate Studies
    California State University, Sacramento
    Riverfront Center, Room 215, MS 6112
    6000 J St.
    Sacramento, CA 95819

    Please note: Applicants who attended foreign institutions are required to submit transcripts one month prior to application deadline, in order to allow time for foreign credential evaluation. Please see Applicants with Foreign Documents section for details.