Admission to the School of Government is rigorous and competitive. Classes are enrolled every fall and spring.

Requirements for Admission

  • Must have a completed undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation – At least one of the recommenders should be able to speak to your intellectual capabilities.
  • Complete application form
  • Writing Sample - Please submit a sample that showcases your best writing. The sample should demonstrate your ability to write a whole and cohesive argument within 10 pages or fewer.
  • Statement of Interest (letter of intent, not to exceed 500 words) - The statement of interest should explain why you want to study for our M.A. in Government. Your statement should indicate what makes you a good fit for the program and what you plan to contribute to the program, the class discussions, and the country thereafter, once you have earned your degree.
  • Resume (C.V. if appropriate)
  • If the initial phase of the application is successful, applicant will likely be contacted for an interview.
  • Reminder: The MA program is designed for young professionals, who are in the earlier, rather than the latter part of their career, and who are working in politics broadly defined.

Application and Decision Deadlines

  • Fall 2023 Semester - Application Deadline: May 15, 2023
  • Note: There is no summer admissions process

To schedule a visit or inquire further about the program or our periodic information sessions, please contact [email protected].


  • All accepted graduate students will normally receive scholarships, usually up to full tuition.
  • Scholarships cover neither the biannual student fee of $350 ($700/year), nor course books and materials.
  • Special scholarships are available for veterans and Active Duty, Selected Reserve, and National Guard members and their families.
  • Specific offers of financial support will be made at the time of admission.


  • Tuition for 2022-2023 Academic Year: $1,370 per credit hour.
  • Master’s students will normally receive scholarships up to full tuition.
  • Hillsdale College does not accept any form of federal or state funding or financial aid, which includes federal student loans.