Masters Admissions

For a successful application, the online graduate application materials listed below and the application fee must be submitted by December 15, 11:59 PM PST. 

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 a strong and focused interest in global affairs.

The admissions committee will consider the candidate’s materials, along with possibly an interview(s), when making decisions about admission. The candidate’s academic orientation and fit with our field and Core faculty are also important considerations that should be reflected in the Statement of Purpose essay as listed below.

Before applying, applicants should read and research the published work and field of our Core faculty in your intended area of specialization. Decisions are based upon the overall strength of the application as a whole, compared to other applicants in that pool, and not solely on the basis of one particular aspect. 

  • Statement of Purpose: 2-3 pages, formatted with 1.5 to 2 line spacing, and include:
    • Why you are seeking to pursue a master’s degree in Global Studies;
    • Academic and relevant achievements in research and critical thinking; 
    • Descriptions of several Global Studies-related issues in which are you interested in researching;
    • Examples of the research questions and methods to pursue within your interested global issues;
    • Which Global Studies Core faculty members that are in the area of specialization you're interested in you would propose to work with and why;
    • Which fields/positions you foresee working in (e,g., NGO's, private industry) after obtaining a master's degree in Global Studies.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume: Include education along with foreign languages and your level of comprehension (i.e. fluent, read only, write, etc.). Applicants are required to demonstrate the equivalent of at least two years of proficiency in a second language with a "B" or better in the final course, or already be fluent in a second language. 
  • Writing Sample: 15-20 page sample of academic writing, preferrably one involving research writing; does not need to be about global issues, but does need to demonstrate a refined ability to write well.
  • Official transcripts i.e., Official transcripts ordered by the applicant to themselves, and opened & uploaded by the applicant to the application. Please list all institutions in which you completed 12 or more units in the 'Education History' section of the application and upload an official transcript.
  • GRE 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. 
  • TOEFL or IELTS exam scores (if required) Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS, with the exception of applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution whose official & sole language of instruction is English. 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation: The department prefers that two of the LORs be academic in nature (e.g., from professors in your major) and one LOR from industry (e.g. current or past employers, those in high levels of responsibility who know you well, etc.). Non-academic letters may be useful when they relate directly to the intended area of study, such as work experience, internships, teaching, etc.
    • Faculty members who write a LOR should be aware of the applicant's scholarly abilities and capability to do graduate-level research work. They should speak analytically of academic achievements and research abilities. 

U.S. permanent residents who received a degree from a U.S. institution should follow the application guidelines for U.S. applicants. U.S. permanent residents who received a degree from an international institution should follow the instructions for international applicants.