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Prerequisites

Please click on your program of interest below to review the prerequisite coursework that must be completed prior to the start of your program.

 

M.A. in Asian Studies

Foreign Language 

High intermediate coursework in an approved Asian language is required at the time of application to the Asian Studies program.

Applicants may meet the language requirement in one of the following ways:

  • 4 semesters (or equivalent) of upper-intermediate, college-level language course work
  • Certification from a language institute, professor, or tutor detailing your high intermediate proficiency
  • Native language experience

Languages for the M.A. in Asian Studies are: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

M.A. in European and Eurasian Studies

Foreign Language

High intermediate coursework of a major European language (including Russian) is required at the time of application to the European and Eurasian Studies program.

Applicants may meet the language requirement in one of the following ways:

  • 4 semesters (or equivalent) of upper-intermediate, college-level language course work
  • Certification from a language institute, professor, or tutor detailing your high intermediate proficiency
  • Native language experience

 

Economics

Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite to help prepare students to complete the graduate-level economics course required within the M.A. in European and Eurasian Studies curriculum. Coursework must be successfully completed through an accredited institution in:

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Macroeconomics

                         - OR -

  • Principles in Economics

In some cases, a student may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics requirement**; in which case, the student is required to take coursework at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.

**Spring applicants are required to have completed this prerequisite at the time of application.

M.A. in Global Communication

Foreign Language

High intermediate coursework in a modern foreign language is required at the time of application to the Global Communication program.

Applicants may meet the language requirement in one of the following ways:

  • 4 semesters (or equivalent) of upper-intermediate, college-level language course work
  • Certification from a language institute, professor, or tutor detailing your high intermediate proficiency
  • Native language experience

 

Economics 

Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite to help prepare students to complete the graduate-level economics course(s) required within the M.A. in Global Communication curriculum. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution in:

  • Introductory Microeconomics

  • Introductory Macroeconomics

                 -OR-

  • Principles of Economics

In some cases, a student may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics requirement**; in which case, the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.

**Spring applicants are required to have fulfilled this prerequisite at the time of application.

M.A. in International Affairs

Foreign Language 

High intermediate coursework in a modern foreign language is required at the time of application to the International Affairs program.

Applicants may meet the language requirement in one of the following ways:

  • 4 semesters (or equivalent) of upper-intermediate, college-level language course work
  • Certification from a language institute, professor, or tutor detailing your high intermediate proficiency
  • Native language experience

 

Economics 

Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite to help prepare students to complete the graduate-level economics course(s) required within the M.A. in International Affairs curriculum. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution in:

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Macroeconomics

                 -OR-

  • Principles of Economics

In some cases, a student may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics requirement**; in which case, the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.

**Spring applicants are expected to have fulfilled this prerequisite at the time of application.

M.A. in International Development Studies

Foreign Language

High intermediate coursework in a modern foreign language is required at the time of application to the International Development Studies program.

Applicants may meet the language requirement in one of the following ways:

  • 4 semesters (or equivalent) of upper-intermediate, college-level language course work
  • Certification from a language institute, professor, or tutor detailing your high intermediate proficiency
  • Native language experience

 

Economics 

Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite to help prepare students to complete the graduate-level economics course(s) required within the M.A. in International Development Studies curriculum. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution in:

  • Introductory Microeconomics

  • Introductory Macroeconomics

In some cases, a student may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics requirement**; in which case, the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.

**Spring applicants are expected to have fulfilled this prerequisite at the time of application.

M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy

Science

Students are encouraged to have strong analytical skills and a demonstrated interest in policy issues with significant science or technology dimensions.

M.A. in International Trade and Investment Policy

Foreign Language

High intermediate coursework in a modern foreign language is required at the time of application for spring 2018 to the International Trade and Investment Policy program.

As of the Fall 2018 application cycle, applicants will not be required to have background coursework in a foreign language.

Economics 

Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite to help prepare students to complete the graduate-level economics course(s) required within the M.A. in International Trade and Investment Policy curriculum. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution in:

  • Introductory Microeconomics

  • Introductory Macroeconomics

In some cases, a student may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics requirement**; in which case, the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.

Intermediate micro- and macroeconomics and one semester of statistics are highly recommended preparation for the International Trade and Investment Policy program, but are not required for admission.

**Spring applicants are expected to have fulfilled this prerequisite at the time of application.

M.A. in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

Foreign Language

High intermediate coursework of Spanish is required at the time of application to the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies program.

Applicants may meet the language requirement in one of the following ways:

  • 4 semesters (or equivalent) of upper-intermediate, college-level language course work
  • Certification from a language institute, professor, or tutor detailing your high intermediate proficiency
  • Native language experience

Other foreign languages spoken in Latin America will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

M.A. in Middle East Studies

Foreign Language

High intermediate coursework in an approved Middle Eastern language is required at the time of application to the Middle East Studies program. 

Applicants may meet the language requirement in one of the following ways:

  • 4 semesters (or equivalent) of upper-intermediate, college-level language course work
  • Certification from a language institute, professor, or tutor detailing your high intermediate proficiency
  • Native language experience

Approved Languages for the M.A. in Middle East Studies are: Arabic [Modern Standard Arabic], Persian, Hebrew, Kurdish, and Turkish.

Students must pass a proficiency examination at the advanced-mid level in a modern Middle Eastern language before graduating from the Elliott School. Therefore, students who are not yet ready for content-based, advanced language courses will likely need more than 40 credit hours to complete the program. 

M.A. in Security Policy Studies

Economics 

Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is required at the time of application for Spring 2018 Security Policy Studies applicants.

As of the Fall 2018 application cycle, applicants will not be required to have backgroud coursework in economics.

Master of International Studies (M.I.S.)

International Partnership

Applicants must be current students and recent alumni (within 3 years) of Masters' programs at Elliott School International Partners. Please review the course equivalencies for their institution. Students who wish to have other coursework considered in place of these equivalencies should upload the syllabi of those courses along with their transcripts at the time of application.

Upper-intermediate, college level language coursework (4 semestersof university level coursework) in a modern foreign language is required at the time of application to the M.I.S. program. Applicants who are native speakers of English may explain their language experience within the application.

Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite to help prepare students to complete the graduate-level economics course(s) required within the M.I.S. curriculum. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution in:

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Macroeconomics

In some cases, a student may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics requirement**; in which case, the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.

**Spring applicants are expected to have fulfilled this prerequisite at the time of application.

Master of International Policy and Practice (M.I.P.P.)

Experience

Applicants must possess eight or more years of full-time professional experience or already possess an advanced degree (e.g. M.A., M.S., J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D.) to qualify for the MIPP program.

Economics 

Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite for admission to the MIPP program. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited college or university in:
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
In some cases, a student who has not fulfilled the economics requirement may be admitted to the MIPP program on a conditional basis**, in which case the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.
**Spring applicants are expected to have fulfilled this prerequisite at the time of application.
 
Foreign Language 
 
There is no foreign language requirement for MIPP applicants. Knowledge of one or more foreign languages is strongly encouraged and is taken into consideration in the admissions process.

Master of International Policy and Practice Online (M.I.P.P. Online)

Experience

Applicants must possess eight or more years of full-time professional experience or already possess an advanced degree (e.g. M.A., M.S., J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D.) to qualify for the MIPP program.

Economics

Micro- and Macroeconomics coursework must be completed prior to enrollment.

Foreign Language

There is no foreign language requirement for MIPP applicants. Knowledge of one or more foreign languages is strongly encouraged and is taken into consideration in the admissions process.

English Language Test Scores

All international and Permanent Resident applicants who are not exempt from the Elliott School's English Language Test prerequisite must receive the following minimum scores for admittance into the MIPP Online program:

Test Minimum Score Requirement
IELTS

7.0 Overall Score

(No individual band score below 6.5)

TOEFL

105 (Internet Based Test/IBT)

650 (Paper Based Test)

PTE 72

 

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