Admission to the Dual Degree Program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution/International Relations and Diplomacy

Candidates to the dual program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution/International Relations and Diplomacy may apply to start at either of the two participating institutions: at Arcadia University, in the United States, or at the American Graduate School in Paris, in France. Applications must be made to the institution where they wish to start.

Please note that admission into the other institution to pursue the second degree will follow on the condition that the student is in good academic standing at the first institution. Additional elements to transition to the second institution may be asked of the candidate at the discretion of the Program Director.

Students pursuing one of the two degrees individually may decide during the course of their studies to opt for the dual degree option. They will then have to work with the Academic Coordinator of each program to ensure that their curriculum meets the degree requirements. However, applicants are encouraged to determine in advance if they wish to follow the dual degree track.

Admission to the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program

Program-Specific Admission Requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements, the following program-specific requirements must be met. Arcadia University welcomes applications for this program from college graduates of all majors, especially those who have demonstrated scholastic excellence and a commitment to international peace and conflict resolution. Related experience and achievements, either domestic or international, also are desirable. The program requests the following from applicants:

  • An International Peace and Conflict Resolution application, including personal statements, to be completed online at www.arcadia.edu/gradapp.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a major in Peace Studies, Political Science, History, Modern Languages, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Religion, or another liberal arts discipline. Students with undergraduate majors in Biology and Environmental Science also are encouraged to apply.
  • One official transcript from each college, university, or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are able to judge the applicant’s qualifications to undertake graduate work abroad. At least two recommendations must be from a professor.

GREs are not required for admission to the IPCR program. In exceptional cases, after reviewing an applicant’s academic record and non-academic experience, the Director may waive one or more prerequisites.

International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language, except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States is also required.

Application Deadline

Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting February 1. Those reviewed after February 1 will be reviewed based on availability of space in the attending class. Classes typically fill in early spring, so applicants are encouraged to apply by the February 1 deadline.

Deferred Admission

A student admitted to the program who wants to defer admission for one year must submit a request to do so in writing to the Director. Deferrals will be granted by the program on an individual basis. Once the deferral is granted, a student must submit the required deposit to reserve his or her seat in the class. This deposit will be credited toward tuition. A student who is granted a deferral must understand that he or she will be subject to the prevailing tuition at the time of matriculation to the program.

Support Services

Professional counseling services are available through the Arcadia University Counseling Center.

Admission to the International Relations and Diplomacy program at the American Graduate School in Paris

Program-Specific Admission Requirements: Applicants to this program are expected to meet the admission requirements set forth by Arcadia’s partner institution, the American Graduate School in Paris, in coordination with Arcadia University.

The American Graduate School in Paris Admissions Committee considers applicants from a wide variety of national and educational backgrounds. All candidates must have completed a Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent. The American Graduate School in Paris values language ability and experience with other cultures, as well as professional work experience, especially in a field relevant to international relations.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 and GRE score of 303 or above (combined verbal and quantitative scores) and an analytical writing score of 5.0 or above are normally required. The American Graduate School in Paris philosophy emphasizes individual consideration for its applicants as well as its students, so exceptions may be made by the Admissions Committee depending on letters of recommendation, newfound maturity, and other changes in an applicant's outlook.

Applicants to this program are required to provide the following:

  • The M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy application form, to be completed online on the AGS website.
  • A personal statement
  • Official transcripts of all previous university-level studies (note: if transcripts do not include the degrees awarded, photocopies of degree diplomas will also be required)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors who have instructed the candidate in a degree program
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score
  • A TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for nonnative speakers of English who did not graduate from an English language degree program in an English-speaking country
  • An application fee of €50, nonrefundable; this can be paid online at http://www.ags.edu/paymentonline/ login.php
  • In some cases, applicants may also be asked to provide additional material and/or arrange an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.

Note: all documents in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by certified translations. All documentation submitted will be confidential. Application materials cannot be returned once submitted to the American Graduate School in Paris. Application Deadline: There are two intakes every year for the International Relations and Diplomacy program. The application deadline for the Fall semester is July 15th; the application deadline for the Spring semester is December 15th. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Notification of admission status will be mailed to the applicant within four weeks of receipt of a completed application.

Deferred Admission

Applicants who are admitted into the program may defer once for up to one year from the semester for which they originally applied. If the deposit has already been paid when the student defers, a second €350 deposit will be required to re-confirm the student's place for the semester of entry. Both deposits will be credited towards the first semester's tuition.

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