Apply to the Ph.D. Program

Application will open October 18, 2021

We accept applications for admission to graduate study for the Fall term of each year only. 

How to Apply

To apply, you must complete the University of Arizona Graduate College online application. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a GradApp account
  2. Complete your GradApp profile under "My Account".
  3. Select "Apply to a Program" from the sidebar.
  4. Choose "Degree Seeking" under application type and "Government & Public Policy (PHD)" under program of study.
  5. Choose the semester during which you wish to enter the program.
  6. Your application should now be initiated under "My Active Applications."

The application portal is typically open between October and January each year.

Application Checklist

We admit a limited number of applicants on a competitive basis each year. Admission and financial support decisions are made on the evaluation of the following required application materials.

Academic Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should express clear motivation for doctoral study in Government and Public Policy. It should be a concise statement about your academic and research background, career goals, and how the School of Government and Public Policy will help you to meet your career and educational objectives. You should speak specifically to how your research interests align with those of the faculty in the School. We encourage you to list specific faculty with whom you share research interests. The statement should not exceed three pages in length.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should address how your background and life experiences (including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges) motivated your decision to pursue a Ph.D. in Government and Public Policy. The personal statement is not the same as the academic statement of purpose.


A bachelor's degree with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is required for admission. Submit transcripts from all institutions where you have received college credit.

Transcripts can be scanned and uploaded with the online application. Scans of official transcripts are preferred; if unofficial transcripts are used, they must include the name of the institution and your name.

GRE Scores

You must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) through ETS using institution code 4832.

English Langauage Proficiency

You are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English or if you have not received an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the exclusive medium of instruction.

If you wish to be considered for financial support via an assistantship, you must score a minimum of 24 on the speaking element of the TOEFL IBT. Scores should be submitted through ETS using institution code 4832.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required from three individuals who can speak to your academic potential, including knowledge and creativity, communication skills, and ability to complete projects.  Letters of recommendation are submitted by the letter writers through the online application system.

Writing Sample

You should submit a writing sample that represents your original research/work. The writing sample should not exceed 25 pages in length.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, contact the Director of the Ph.D. Program:

Dr. Jessica Braithwaite
SGPP Main Office: 520-621-7600