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The European Union Policy Studies master's program only accepts students for full-time, fall semester admission. Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are now being reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications are reviewed by the M.A. admissions committee from JMU's Department of Political Science. 

The admissions committee reviews program assistantship applications around the same time as it reviews other application materials. Applicants who are accepted into the program and have applied for program assistantships learn whether they will be offered an assistantship shortly after they are informed of their program acceptance.

All students who apply to the European Union Policy Studies graduate program must have

-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.

-International applicants should have a TOEFL score of at least 570 (paper-based) or 88 (electronic).

All applicants must submit the following materials to The Graduate School via the online application system.

-Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.

-GRE test scores. Students who have not yet taken the GRE may submit an application containing all other materials and indicate that they will take the exam on a certain future date.

-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 curriculum vitae or resume.

-Two current recommendation letters from professors, employers, and other professionals qualified to judge the applicant's ability to complete graduate studies.



Applicants who are interested in applying for any of our program assistantships should submit the following materials to Ms. Shannon Simpson ( in JMU's Department of Political Science.

-Applicants interested in the Website and Newsletter Assistant position should describe why they are interested in the position. In addition, they should describe past work experiences that relate to the type of work required for the WNA role.

-Applicants interested in the Student Life Assistant position should describe why they are interested in the position. In addition, they should describe past work experiences that relate to the type of work required for the SLA role.

-Applicants interested in the Research Assistant positions should submit a statement explaining why they are interested in position and describing past research work. They are also encouraged to submit a sample of a research paper that showcases their research skills.

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

The Graduate School's online application system

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