Applying to the Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy
International Relations Ph.D. candidates must have an M.A. in International Relations or a related field, and candidates from other programs will be judged on a case-by-case basis. A strong background in history, international affairs, political science, economics, and particularly in social science methodologies is required. AGS normally accepts only one or two Ph.D. candidates per academic year. AGS does not provide assistantships for Ph.D. candidates.
Admissions are selective, and the Admissions Committee considers applicants from a wide variety of national and educational backgrounds. 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 GRE score of 303 or above (combined verbal and quantitative scores) and an analytical writing score of 5.0 or above are 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 Ph.D. program should submit the following :
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: late applications will be considered depending on space available.
After your application
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Notification of admissions status will be mailed to the applicant within four weeks of receipt of a completed application. In some cases, AGSmay request additional material.
AGS 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.
Note: the Ph.D. program is not accredited at this time.