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Anyone apply to CSUs for a M.A. in Political Science?


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I'm new to this forum, and after looking at all the stats here, I'm beginning to feel doubtful of application to various UCs and CSUs. Many of my TAs suggested that I apply to a Master's program before I think about a Ph.D. program, but I'm starting to feel that my stats may not be high enough. 

I don't want to post my stats here, but I'd like some honest opinions. I'm thinking about gaining more experience before entering graduate school now because I'm not sure if my stats are competitive enough. While I feel that I have great experiences, I can't help but feel doubtful. Do I stand a chance of being admitted to any of these schools, or should I start job hunting for more experience?

GREs: 144V, 143QR, 4AW

Undergrad degree in Political Science at Berkeley
Applied to: UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, CSULA, CSU Long Beach, and CSU Chico



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First off, i'm applying to MPP programs, rather than political science. The Cal Poly SLO MPP seems to be in the same department as political science, so I thought my input might be kind of relevant. I'm applying to a few CSUs, Cal Poly, UCI and a few private schools.


A 3.1 GPA doesnt kick you out of the running for a state school. Honestly, it doesnt really kick you out of the running for any mid-level program because graduate admission is a lot more personal than just number crunching.  Anyway, ill give my thoughts all the same.


How much prep did you do for the GRE? If you think its possible to improve it I would focus on trying to do that. The GRE cant get you into a good school and it isnt the most important factor. Still, your grades are what they are, but the GRE score isnt set in stone. I think most schools would like to see that number go up for sure.


The worst the can happen is you apply and dont get in the first round. You can always try again with more work experience.

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Thanks so much for the response. Unfortunately, I was unable to spend much time on my GRE because of time commitment, but I might be taking it again if I don't get into any of the schools I applied for.  I'm really hoping that I get into one of the schools I applied for. Hoping for the best! Good luck to you!

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