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School of Statesmanship Admissions and Financial Aid


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For the fall semester, applications submitted on or before December 15 are guaranteed full consideration and decisions will be sent out no later than February 1. Applications completed after December 15 may be considered, as circumstances warrant.

For spring semester (MA only), the application deadline is October 15, and decisions will be sent out no later than November 15.

Due to a larger than normal incoming class for Fall 2020, we will not be accepting any new students to start in Spring 2021. The next available entrance semester (for both the MA and PhD programs) will be Fall 2021. The priority deadline to apply will be December 15, 2020. The application form for Fall 2021 will be available online in July of 2020.

Applications will not be read by the admissions committee until all materials are received, though applicants may self-report GRE scores so that their applications can be considered unofficially. Offers of admission cannot be made until the arrival of the official score report.

Please contact us if you experience any technical difficulties that delay submitting your application.

Application Requirements

While the School of Statesmanship 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 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, writing sample, and other relevant history. While the entire GRE score is considered, the verbal portion of the GRE is given, by far, the greatest weight.

Ph.D. Candidates

  • Median Verbal GRE, Ph.D.: 164, 94% below
  • Median Undergraduate GPA, Ph.D.: 3.740
  • Median Graduate GPA, Ph.D.: 3.820

M.A. Candidates

  • Median Verbal GRE, M.A.: 162, 91% below
  • Median Undergraduate GPA, M.A.: 3.630
  • Median Graduate GPA, M.A.: 3.620

Tuition and Financial Aid

Graduate tuition for 2020-2021 is $12,430 per semester, or $24,860 per academic year, for students with full-time status. For students with part-time status (M.A. only), tuition is $1,370 per credit hour.

  • Specific offers of financial support will be made at the time of admission
  • Doctoral students will normally receive full-tuition scholarships, competitive fellowship stipends of up to $10,000 per semester, and paid research assistantships of $1,500 per semester.
  • Full-time master’s students will normally receive scholarships up to full tuition and are normally offered paid research assistantships of $2,500 per semester.

Scholarships and fellowships do not cover student fees, which are $305 for the first semester ($280 + $25 orientation fee) and $280 for all subsequent semesters plus a parking fee of $50 per academic year.

Application Process

Admission to the School of Statesmanship requires the completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Applicants for admission are required to submit the following:

  1. Official transcripts from all institutions where undergraduate and graduate work has been undertaken. These should be sent directly from the undergraduate and graduate institutions; secure electronic copies accepted.
  2. Official score report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the last five years and sent directly from the testing agency. Electronic copies are accepted. The code for Hillsdale College is 1295.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. These should be requested from within the online application to enable verifiable, electronic submission.
  4. A sample of written work-academic writing preferred.
  5. A concise statement of interest which should include a short intellectual autobiography-a statement of the applicant’s intellectual development and how it influenced the applicant’s desire to study in Hillsdale’s School of Statesmanship-and how the degree fits into the applicant’s career plans. This statement should not exceed 500 words.
  6. A completed application, submitted online. See below link.
  7. Application fee of $25

Submit School of Statesmanship Application Online