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Admission Requirements
  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 double spaced, 2-3 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 upload it through the online application system in .pdf or .docx format.
    • 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 two assistantships available for the EUPS program: social media & program assistant and recruitment & newsletter assistant. Applicants who are interested in applying should submit their statement(s) of interest for the position(s) in which they are interested to Dr. Charles Blake.

If you have questions about the application process for the M.A. in political science, please contact the program's Executive Director, Dr. Charles Blake.

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Monday, February 15, 2021 – Initial application deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students who want to apply for an assistantship must apply by this deadline. For questions please contact EUPS Program Director Dr. Charles Blake.
  • Mid-March 2021 – Applicants informed of admissions decisions
  • Friday, April 30, 2021 – Matriculation decisions due from applicants admitted in March.
  • Monday, May 24, 2021 – Final application deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications received between February 16 and May 24 are reviewed on a space-available, rolling basis as they are received.
Application Checklist

✓ Check that you qualify

✓ Gather official documentation (transcripts, letters of recommendation)

✓ Take the GRE or prepare writing sample

✓ Draft your three required statements

✓ Update your resume or curriculum vitae

✓ Submit your application materials via The Graduate School

✓ Optional: Apply for Federal Financial Aid

✓ Optional: Apply for a program assistantship

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