The Masters in International Affairs at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership is looking for students with a strong academic interest in international relations and at least some background in political science, international studies, or a related social science. Applicants with some personal or professional experience in international affairs (in government, an international organization, or an international non-governmental organization) are particularly encouraged to apply (although this is not a requirement for admission). We also are particularly interested in applicants seeking a career in international affairs.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university anywhere in the world
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (or its equivalent)
  • Three letters of recommendation from undergraduate teachers and/or recent employers. At least two of the letters should be from a college professor.
  • Please write a one or two-page analysis of a particular author, scholar, or published work that has been influential in your interest in pursuing a graduate degree in international relations.
  • All applicants are REQUIRED to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) exam. The results has to be within the last two years, with a focus on the Verbal Reasoning (scoring within the 80th percentile) and Analytical Writing ( with a minimum of 4.5). The only way you may be exempt from taking the GRE is if you already have a Master's degree.
  • Foreign applicants must take the TOEFL exam and receive a minimum score of 100. The exam ranges from 0-120 on the internet-based test (IBT)

Deadlines for Admission

Fall-April 15th
Spring-November 15th
Extended deadline for fall 2020-July 1st


Applicants can apply online: Apply Online
For further information on the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at