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The European Union Policy Studies master's program only accepts students for full-time, fall semester admission. All applications are reviewed by the M.A. admissions committee from JMU's Department of Political Science. The deadline to apply for admission for the 2017-2018 academic year is Friday, February 17, 2017.

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.
    • 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. 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.
  4. Submit your application materials via the The Graduate School’s online application system
    • Material can be submitted online and should include: your official transcripts, Personal Statement, Statement of Language Proficiency, Statement of Policy Interest, resume or CV, and two letters of recommendation.

  5. Submit a writing sample OR official GRE scores

    Applicants have the option of submitting (a) a writing sample that showcases your ability to carry out academic and/or policy-relevant research or (b) official GRE scores.

    • Applicants who choose to submit a writing sample should send it in .pdf or .docx format to Dr. John Scherpereel at scherpja@jmu.edu.
    • Applicants who choose to submit official GRE scores should send them to James Madison University –The Graduate School (institution code 5392).
  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; and two academic research assistants. Applicants who are interested in applying should submit their statement of interest for the position(s) they are interested in to Ms. Sherry Reed 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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