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Applying to the International MBA program

Who is eligible?

AGS welcomes students from all nationalities and from a variety of educational backgrounds.

The core admission requirement for all graduate programs is a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. A degree in a discipline related to the program you are considering is helpful. Nonetheless, many students attend our programs in order to branch out in complementary directions from their earlier studies, and this is taken into account both during the admission process and in designing the curricula.

Professional experience, although not required, is beneficial for all programs, especially the degree programs.

In addition, the following are important elements in the evaluation process:

- International Relations program applicants: we value experience with other cultures and abilities in foreign languages (however, note that having a second language, whether French or other, is not an admission requirement.)

- International MBA applicants: strong mathematical and quantitative skills are recommended, as well as a broad knowledge and interest in economic and financial topics. Students lacking previous coursework in accounting, economics or finance will be required to complete online coursework prior to starting the program.

While AGS admissions are selective, our philosophy emphasizes individual consideration, and our Admissions Committee will take into account all aspects of your application. The important constants are a strong desire for study in the field, the capacity to keep up with an ambitious student body, and the discipline to carry through to the desired degree.

How to Apply?

To apply for one of our graduate programs, please submit the following:

  • A completed AGS application form ( click here to download)

  • A personal statement (between 500 and 1,000 words for degree programs; no more than 500 words for certificates and single courses). This personal statement should enable the Admissions Committee to assess your goals, motivations, and potential to do graduate level work. You may write about any experience that you deem relevant: academic, professional, or personal. Why do you believe that you are a good fit for our program?

  • Your current CV or resume

  • Official transcripts of all previous university-level studies

  • Two letters of recommendation: these letters should be from professors who have instructed you in your last degree program. If you have been out of university for more than four years, you may provide professional recommendation letters (i.e. from employers or former employers) instead of academic recommendation letters.

  • For non-native speakers of English who did not graduate from an English language degree program in an English-speaking country: a standardized test of English: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score.

  • For M.A. in International Relations applicants only: GRE Score. Note that this requirement is waived for applicants who have been out of school for more than five years.

  • For IMBA applicants only: GMAT score (recommended)

  • An application fee of €50, non-refundable. This can be paid online here

Download this list in PDF

In some cases, you may also be asked to arrange an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee, which can take place by phone or Skype.

Notes:

- All official documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation) in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by certified translations. Notarized translations alone will not be accepted. Translations do not replace original documents: please remember to send both.

- All documentation submitted will be confidential. Application materials cannot be returned once submitted to AGS.

How to submit your documents:

Your application should be sent by postal mail to the following address:

Admissions
American Graduate School in Paris
101, boulevard Raspail
75006 Paris
France

To speed up the application process, everything may first be submitted by email to admissions@ags.edu. The admissions committee can make a decision based on electronic documents. However, an acceptance based on non-original documents can only be conditional. The original versions of the following documents will be required in order to confirm admission into the program:

  • Official transcripts (should be sent by the university

  • Test scores (must come directly from the testing services provider (ETS, British Council)

  • Letters of recommendation (should be sent directly by the referees)

If you have any question or need any help during your application process, don’t hesitate to contact our admissions counselor Terry Verdoscia at admissions@ags.edu.

Application Deadlines

Fall intake
(next intake: Sep. 2016)
Spring intake
(start early Feb)
IMBA
(one intake per year)
15 August
International Relations programs
(2 intakes per year)
15 August 15 January

Please note that non-EU citizens will need additional time to process their visa applications. Be sure to take that into account in planning your application.

Admission decisions are made year-round, on a rolling basis. Late applications may be considered depending on space available.

After your application

You will be notified of the decision by email within four weeks of receipt of your completed application.

If admitted, you will be asked to pay a €350 non refundable deposit if you wish to confirm your enrollment in the program. This amount will be credited towards your first semester's tuition.

Deferment

If admitted, you may defer once for up to one year from the semester for which you originally applied. (Note that in that case, a second €350 deposit will be required in order to re-confirm your place for the semester of entry. Both deposits are credited towards the first semester's tuition.)

 
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