To summarize, you need to submit the Apply Texas application as well as official copies of transcripts from each of the universities you attended to the graduate college. In addition, you must also submit your GRE score, 3 letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a writing sample, and a resume.
The graduate college will average your GPA based on the last 60 credit hours of coursework completed towards your undergraduate degree. You must have completed your undergraduate degree.
All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in Political Science from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned at a four-year college or university before receipt of their Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate or professional work) is required.
Yes. All files of students who apply to the program are reviewed by the director of the program. If a student does not meet the GPA requirement for admission his/her file will be reviewed individually by the program director for conditional admission on a case-by-case basis.
First semester: Once you are notified of admission by the Graduate College, you must respond on whether or not you intend to enroll. Once that is done, you may begin to register for courses just as you will in later semesters.
Texas State utilizes an online registration system referred to as Texas State Self-Service. Texas State Self-Service can be accessed through CatsWeb. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to register online and information on how to search for courses. For more information, students should access the Office of the University Registrar’s website at http://www.registrar.txstate.edu. Registration in The Graduate College beyond the first term depends on satisfactory progress in fulfilling any admission conditions that may have been imposed and making satisfactory academic progress.
At the graduate level, the full-time course load during a long semester is 9 or more semester hours; 3/4 time is 7 hours, 1/2 time is 5 hours and the maximum load is 15 hours. The full-time course load during each summer session is 5 graduate-level hours; the maximum load is 6 hours. If you wish to exceed the maximum allowed hours, you must get approval from, first, the program director and, second, the Dean of the Graduate College.
It depends on what you want to get out of the program. Take a look at this overview of the two tracks. Do you want to invest time into a long-form research project? Why or why not? What do you want to do after completing the MA program? If you are unsure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Castillo, the program director.