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.

Application and decision deadlines

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.