78th Annual MPSA Political Science Conference will be Virtual, April 14-18, 2021

Conference Hours:
Wednesday, April 14 through Saturday, April 17:
daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT/GMT-5)

Sunday, April 18:
from 9:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT/GMT-5)

Registration is open for the 78th Annual MPSA Conference, being held virtually, April 14-18, 2021! You must be logged in to access the registration system – login and register here. A PDF registration form is available for download here. View the conference program here.

The regular registration rate deadline has been extended and the lower rates are still available through April 12!

Please review important registration deadline dates and pricing below.

Many members and their families are experiencing financial challenges and uncertainty. The MPSA is deeply discounting member registration rates to allow for broader participation. Join the MPSA as a member to save on your conference registration. Review membership rates and categories here.

MPSA Conference Registration Rates for 2021


Early Registration
Through March 2
Regular Registration
March 3-March 31
Extended Through April 12!
Late Registration
April 13-April 18
Member Rates
Faculty $75 $125 $150
Emeriti $25 $75 $100
Graduate Student $25 $75 $100
Undergraduate Student $25 $75 $100
Non-Member Rate*
Non-Member $375 $425 $450

*The non-member rate includes a one-year complimentary digital membership.

MPSA conference registration is not refundable. MPSA does not invoice or accept purchase orders, wire transfers, or bank transfers as payment. All membership purchases are non-refundable.

Complimentary Registrations and Conference Registration Fee Waivers

Senior Scholars Not Otherwise Presenting: MPSA will waive registration fees for senior scholars who are not otherwise presenting and are only serving as a discussant and/or as a Professional Development (Conference Section 69) participant. Volunteer to be a discussant or sign up for a professional development roundtable in Section 69 of the conference here. Upon being placed in a discussant or in the professional development roundtable participant role, you will receive an email with a link to register at no cost. These emails are sent to eligible participants on Fridays.

Developing Nations Scholars: If you are a scholar from a developing nation, you must apply for complimentary membership. After your complimentary membership is approved, you will be able to register for the conference at no cost.

IIE-SRF Scholars: More information on obtaining a complimentary membership and conference fee waivers under the MPSA and the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) partnership can be found here.

All Other Applicants: The call for fee waiver applicants has closed for the 2021 conference. The deadline to complete an application was February 28, 2021. Applicants were notified early in March.

Upcoming Conferences

2022 Conference, Thursday, April 7–Sunday, April 10
2023 Conference, Thursday, April 13–Sunday, April 16