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Application

The European Union Policy Studies master's program only accepts students for full-time, fall semester admission. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is Friday, February 20, 2015. All applications are reviewed by the M.A. admissions committee from JMU's Department of Political Science.

Steps to Apply

  1. Check that you qualify

    All students must meet the following criteria in order to apply to the EUPS program:

    • An undergraduate degree by the program’s start date.
    • An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8, with a 3.0 GPA in their major field of study.
    • At least one university-level course in some aspect of European studies, or a European study abroad experience. (Note: Students with prior experiences or interests in political science, international relations, history, economics, and public policy will have a strong foundation for the program, but there is no pre-requisite undergraduate major). 
    • International applicants should have a TOEFL score of at least 570 (paper-based) or 88 (electronic).
  2. Gather official documentation

    • Official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework and any previous graduate coursework.
    • Two current recommendation letters from professors, employers, and other professionals qualified to judge the applicant's ability to complete graduate studies.
  3. Take the GRE

    • While student applications are looked at holisticailly, the GRE is a required element for admission into the program. If you have not yet taken the GRE you may submit an application containing all other materials and indicate that you will take the exam on a certain future date.
  4. Draft your three required statements and update your resume or curriculum vitae

    • Personal statement: In this two- to three-page statement, applicants should describe their educational and professional background and their future educational and professional goals. They may also include other information that they think would be of interest to the admissions committee.
    • Statement of language proficiency: In this statement, applicants should indicate the extent of their proficiency in at least one European language. They should indicate which language/s they have studied, the extent and nature of their studies, and the degree of proficiency that they have attained.
    • Statement of policy interest: The program's course of study requires each student to specialize in one of two policy tracks: economic and social policy or foreign policy and internal security. In the statement of policy interest, applicants should indicate which track they prefer and why. The preferences expressed on this statement are not binding; admitted students will have the opportunity to change their preferred policy track specialization once they have enrolled in the program.
    • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. Submit your application materials via the The Graduate School’s online application system

    • Material can be submitted online and should include: your official transcripts, GRE test scores, Personal Statement, Statement of Language Proficiency, Statement of Policy Interest, resume or CV, and two letters of recommendation.

  6. Optional: apply for a program assistantship

    • There are four assistantships available for the EUPS program: social media and administrative assistant, student life and newsletter assistant; student life and newsletter assistant; and two academic research assistants. Applicants who are interested in applying for one or more program assistantships should submit the following materials to Ms. Shannon Simpson in JMU's Department of Political Science.

If you have questions about the application process for the European Union Policy Studies graduate program, please contact the Program Director, Dr. John Scherpereel.

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