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Master’s Degree with a Major in Applied American Politics and Policy

This Master’s program is designed for students interested in training for careers in political and governmental organizations that relate to public policy and active politics; such fields as lobbying, campaign management, grassroots organization, and the like. This is a 36-hour, non-thesis program, which includes 24 hours of course work, and a 12-hour internship/practicum. Twelve of the 24 hours are electives and 12 are in the following required courses:

• Fundamental of Political Management (POS5203 - Summer)
• The Campaign Process (POS5274 - Fall)
• Political Communication and Message Development (POS5276 - Fall)
• Political Research (POS5335 - Spring)

MAAP Department Application Form

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Admissions to the Masters in Applied American Politics and Policy (MAAPP) program:

Decisions about admission are based on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and undergraduate and graduate work already completed; as well as the applicant’s own statement of interests and goals. This statement should be as specific as possible about the topics within political science you would like to study, and your career goals upon receiving your degree. Feel free to add other information you would like the faculty to know about you, either in this statement or in a separate cover letter.

It is necessary to submit a formal application for admission to the University and you can apply on-line at https://admissions.fsu.edu/gradapp. Transcripts and GRE and TOEFL score reports must be sent directly to the University’s Office of Admissions, as well as the required form and application fee.The department application form and the personal statement must be uploaded as supporting documents to the University application. Letters of recommendation should not be submitted for applications to the MAAPP program, and will not be reviewed as part of the admissions evaluation.

Students are admitted to the MAAPP program in the fall, spring, and summer terms. The University's deadlines are: July 1 for fall term; November 1 for spring; and March 1 for summer. The admission committee will conduct an initial review of applications for the Fall semester for applications submitted prior to April 15. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials as early as possible, since the total number of spots in the program and for any given semester is limited. Applicants should have a minimum upper-level (work taken as a junior or senior) undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must also take the GRE and official scores submitted PRIOR to an applicant being accepted into the program. Target scores for the GRE are a 149 on both the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Scores for examinations taken under the older GRE scoring format will be considered using comparable standards. LSAT scores of 151 or above may be accepted in lieu of GRE scores with permission of the department. If submitting LSAT scores, applicants should include a scanned copy of their score report with the online admissions application. While these examination scores are not firm minimums for admission into the program, and a comprehensive review of the applicant's file will be completed by the admissions committee, test scores well below these may be grounds for denial of admission to the program. The applicant’s personal statement of goals and interests, along with the departmental admission form, are also required. No letters of recommendation should be submitted for applicants to this program.

Steps in the Application Process
1.Fill out the University application form online. You will be provided links to the department materials you need to submit along with the University application, or can find them by clicking here. Please note that the application for entry into the MAAPP program is listed under the major name "Applied American Politics and Policy" and the program name of "Political Science." The degree is a Master’s of Science.

2. An OFFICIAL copy of transcripts from all previous universities/colleges attended must be submitted to the following addresses:

    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Florida State University
    P.O. Box 3062400
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Students having earned a bachelor's degree from FSU are not required to submit paper copies of transcripts.

3. Arrange for your GRE scores to be sent to the University’s Graduate Admissions Office. (The University's code is 5219).

4. International students must also submit TOEFL scores to the University’s Graduate Admissions office.

Per University requirements, a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based examination or 550 on the paper-based examination, are required for admission into the program. Other English proficiency examinations will not be accepted.

Applicants will receive notification of the admissions decision after all admissions materials have been received and reviewed.

All documents for the application (with the exception of transcripts mailed to the University Office of Admissions) should be submitted in electronic format via the admissions application system. THE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY HARD COPIES OF ADMISSIONS APPLICATION DOCUMENTATION. Admissions examinations must be completed and official scores submitted PRIOR to an applicant being accepted into the program. The applicant's personal statement of goals and interests, along with the departmental admission form, are also required. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION SHOULD NOT BE SUBMITTED FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE MAAPP PROGRAM. No letters of recommendation will be reviewed as part of the admissions evaluation. All documents listed above that are not indicated as "optional" are required to complete your University graduate school application for the MAAPP program. Missing materials will delay the processing of your graduate school application.

For additional information or assistance, please contact:

Jeremiah Fisher, Academic Coordinator
535 Bellamy Bldg.
P.O. Box 3062230
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2230
Phone: 850/644-7305
FAX: 850/644-1367
Email: jeremiah.fisher@fsu.edu

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