Requirements for Graduate Admission
To be considered for admission, all applicants must:
1. Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
2. Submit a completed application online
3. Submit a resume
4. Submit a Statement of Purpose
5. Pay a $50 application fee
6. Submit transcripts (with translation if applicable) from each institution previously attended.
Note: SIS allows applicants to upload unofficial transcripts from most U.S.-based colleges and universities for admission review purposes. Applicants who attended institutions outside of the U.S. are required to submit official paper transcripts prior to the application deadline. All admitted students are required to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling.
Please review our comprehensive Transcript Guide for full details on our transcript submission policy.
7. Submit two letters of recommendation (PhD applicants are required to submit three letters). At least one letter must be from an academic source. Each letters should evaluate the applicant's academic performance and suitability for graduate study in international affairs. Provide contact details of all recommenders in the online application. Recommenders may then submit their letters electronically. If you would prefer to submit your letters in hard copy, please download the recommendation cover form and have your recommenders submit this form, along with the letter, in signed and sealed envelopes.
8. Submit official results of the appropriate standardized test:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all masters applicants, except for:
- Applicants to the BA/MA, MIS, JD/MA*, MA/MBA and MA in Social Enterprise** programs, and;
- International applicants who do not hold a higher education degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, and;
- Applicant holding advanced degrees at the time of application (GRE strongly encouraged but not required).
- GRE is required of all PhD applicants
The SIS institution code for GRE score reporting is 5558.
* Applicants applyingto the JD/MA program must submit official LSAT scores with their application to the Washington College of Law.
** Applicants to the MA in Social Enterprise and MA/MBA (applying through the Kogod School of Business) may submit official GMAT scores as an appropriate substitute for the GRE.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international students whose native language is not English AND who do not hold a degree from a U.S. accredited college/institution
- Minimum score requirement: 100 on the iBT test, 250 on computer-based test, and 600 on paper-based test
The SIS institution code for TOEFL score reporting is 8177. There is no department code.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
- Can be used in lieu of the TOEFL. Minimum score requirement: 7.0
- Pearson Test of English (PTE):
- Can be used in lieu of the TOEFL or the IELTS. Minimum score requirement: 68.
International students: Please click here to learn more about application and admissions requirements.
NRSD applicants: please visit the University for Peace Web site and be sure to indicate your interest in both the School of International Service and UPeace in your statement of purpose.
BA/MA applicants: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 AND completion of at least 86 credits prior to applying are required. It is strongly recommended that you complete a minimum of two 300-plus level SIS courses and include at least one letter of recommendation from a full-time SIS faculty member in your application.
JD/MA applicants: First year applicants to the dual program should apply only to the Washington College of Law and should indicate their interest in the dual degree program. Applications to SIS and WCL will be considered separately and independently at each school. Each admission offer stands independent of the other. Applicants will be considered for the International Politics program within SIS.
Paper application: Applicants who are unable to complete the online application can access the paper application for graduate study here. It is strongly recommended that you apply online to expedite the processing of your application.
Applicants are highly recommended to have the following:
- At least 24 hours of social science course work relevant to international studies,
- A college GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale,
- Course work in micro- and/or macro-economics prior to their graduate studies,
- Foreign language skills,
- Substantial work experience.