Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship

Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship


Hillsdale’s graduate program looks to both the theory and the practice of government. This is why its theme is statesmanship. For Aristotle, the art of the statesman was phronesis, or “practical wisdom,” and required two kinds of knowledge: knowledge of right and wrong—of what comprises justice in a political order—and knowledge of the practical—of how one’s political regime works and of what is possible to do given prevailing laws, customs, and opinions.

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Who Should Study in the Graduate Program?

Rigorous Study

Grad student in class

Those who seek the rigorous study of political philosophy and of American political theory and practice.

Core Texts

Jefferson Statue

Those who wish to be immersed in the core texts and original documents of the Western and American political traditions.


Dr. Grant teaching a class

Those who plan to teach at the college level or to serve as headmasters or teachers at classical K-12 schools; to work in the legal profession, in journalism, or in public policy think tanks; or to enter public service broadly understood.

Application Requirements

While the graduate program has no set requirements for GRE scores and GPA, as a general rule those admitted to the program are among the highest achievers in both categories. In order to offer some guidance, the median scores of those admitted to the most recent class are provided below. It is emphasized that these are median scores, not minimum scores—in other words, half of those admitted stood below these numbers and half stood above. The GRE and GPA, while critical, are not determinative; an applicant’s letters of recommendation also weigh heavily, as do the personal statement and other relevant history. While the entire GRE score is considered, the verbal portion of the GRE is given, by far, the greatest weight.

Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Information


Ph.D Candidates

  • Median Verbal GRE, Ph.D.: 164, 94% below
  • Median Undergraduate GPA, Ph.D.: 3.750
  • Median Graduate GPA, Ph.D.: 3.843

M.A. Candidates

  • Median Verbal GRE, M.A.: 162, 90% below
  • Median Undergraduate GPA, M.A.: 3.720
  • Median Graduate GPA, M.A.: 3.723


All degree programs at Hillsdale College, including the programs of the Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship, are fully accredited. Hillsdale College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The Commission can be contacted at (800) 621-7440 or at