Who Should Study in Hillsdale's Graduate Program

  1. Those who seek the rigorous study of political philosophy and of American political theory and practice.

  2. Those who wish to be immersed in the core texts and original documents of the Western and American political traditions.

  3. Those who plan to teach at the college level or to serve as headmasters or teachers at classical K-12 schools; to work in the legal profession, in journalism, or in public policy think tanks; or to enter public service broadly understood.

  4. While the graduate program has no set requirements for GRE scores and GPA, as a general rule those admitted to the program are among the highest achievers in both categories. In order to offer some guidance, the median scores of those admitted to the most recent class are provided below. It is emphasized that these are median scores, not minimum scores—in other words, half of those admitted stood below these numbers, and half stood above. The GRE and GPA, while critical, are not determinative; an applicant’s letters of recommendation also weigh heavily, as do the personal statement and other relevant history. While the entire GRE score is considered, the verbal portion of the GRE is given, by far, the greatest weight.

    • Median Verbal GRE, Ph.D.: 166, 97% below
    • Median Verbal GRE, M.A.: 162, 89% below
    • Median Undergraduate GPA, Ph.D.: 3.93
    • Median Undergraduate GPA, M.A.: 3.93
    • Median Graduate GPA, Ph.D.: 3.96
    • Median Graduate GPA, M.A.: 3.78