Applying to the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy

Admission requirements

AGS admissions are selective, and the Admissions Committee considers applicants from a wide variety of national and educational backgrounds. All M.A. candidates must have completed a Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent. AGS also values language ability and experience with other cultures in its applicants, as well as professional work experience, especially in a field relevant to international relations.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 and GRE score of 303 or above (combined verbal and quantitative scores) and an analytical writing score of 5.0 or above are normally required. The AGS philosophy emphasizes individual consideration for its applicants as well as its students, so exceptions may be made by the admissions committee depending on letters of recommendation, newfound maturity, and other changes in an applicant's outlook.

How to apply

Applicants for admission to the  M.A. programs at the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS should submit:

  • A completed  application form. Detailed instructions can be found on page 1

  • A personal statement

  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts of all previous university-level studies
    (Note: if transcripts do not include the degrees awarded, please send photocopies of degree diplomas)

  • Two letters of recommendation from professors who have instructed the candidate in a degree program

  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score

  • Non-native speakers of English who did not graduate from an English language degree program in an English-speaking country must submit a TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

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

Applicants may also be asked to arrange an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.

Please note that all documents 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.

Note: Both the GRE and TOEFL exams are administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). You will find further information on the GRE and TOEFL at the ETS website or you can write to :

  • For GRE information:

    Graduate Record Examination, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000, USA

  • For TOEFL information:

    TOEFL, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151, USA.

Application deadlines

Spring Semester
(starting end of January/beginning of February)

December 15th

Fall Semester
(starting beginning of September)

July 15th

Note: Late applications will be considered depending on space available.

After your application

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Notification of admission status will be mailed to the applicant within four weeks of receipt of a completed application. In some cases, AGS may request additional material or an interview.

Candidates who are admitted will be asked to pay a €350 non-refundable deposit in order to confirm their enrollment in the program. This amount will be credited towards the first semester's tuition.


Applicants who are admitted to the program may defer once for up to one year from the semester for which they originally applied.

If the deposit has already been paid when the student defers, a second €350 deposit will be required to re-confirm the student's place for the semester of entry. Both deposits will be credited towards the first semester's tuition.

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