Masters Admissions

Important Dates Calendar

  • Early September - December 15th — Online Application available (admission for the following academic year)
  • December 15th (by 11:59 PM PST) — Application deadline / all materials must be received (except scores)
  • December 30th — GRE / TOEFL / IELTS scores must be received
  • February — Admission decisions will be sent out
  • March 2nd — FASFA priority deadline (U.S. citizens only)
  • April 15th — Date to accept with fellowship offers intact
  • June 15th — Final date to submit Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)
  • September 23, 2018 — Fall quarter begins

Application Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills, a capacity for excellence in research and critical thinking, and an interest in problem-solving.  Ideal candidates will also have experience with foreign countries or cultures, completed volunteer work or internships, and demonstrated an interest in global affairs.

Grade Point Average: GPAs are given considerable weight in admissions decisions. A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required. Exceptions may be made only in rare circumstances.  

Second Language: Students are required to have the equivalent of at least two years of proficiency in a second language with a "B" or better in the final course, or be proficient in a second language upon admission to earn the M.A. degree. If a student lacks the required proficiency upon admission, this can be acquired through language classes on campus, although it is strongly recommended that this requirement be completed in advance.

Exam Scores: GRE scores are one important indicator, among others, of academic potential, and receive substantial weight in admissions deliberations. All applicants are required to submit GRE General Test scores and there are no minimum score requirements. Applicants who are required to submit TOEFL scores must receive a minimum of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT) or 94 on the internet-based test (IBT), or an Overall Band Score of 7 on the IELTS exam.