Academic Prerequisites

While a 4-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university is required for all of our graduate programs, you may need to fulfill additional requirements before applying/enrolling at the Elliott School.  Many of our programs have varying foreign language, economics and quantitative background requirements.  Please explore the information below to ensure you meet (or intend to meet) the academic prerequisites for your program.

 

M.A. in Asian Studies

Foreign Language 

High intermediate proficiency 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 college-level language course work
  • Submitting results from the online, self-administered diagnostic exam
  • Certification from a language institute, professor, or tutor detailing your high intermediate proficiency
  • Native language experience

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

M.A. in European and Eurasian Studies

Foreign Language

High intermediate proficiency 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 college-level language course work
  • Submitting results from the online, self-administered diagnostic exam
  • 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 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, or by taking three-week review course(s) of micro- and macroeconomics that the Elliott School offers prior to the start of the fall semester. Intermediate micro- and macroeconomics and one semester of statistics are highly encouraged.

M.A. in Global Communication

Foreign Language

High intermediate proficiency 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 college-level language course work
  • Submitting results from the online, self-administered diagnostic exam
  • 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 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, or by taking the three-week review course(s) of micro- and macroeconomics that the Elliott School offers prior to the start of the fall semester. 

M.A. in International Affairs

Foreign Language 

High intermediate proficiency 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 college-level language course work
  • Submitting results from the online, self-administered diagnostic exam
  • 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 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, or by taking the three-week review course(s) of micro- and macroeconomics that the Elliott School offers prior to the start of the fall semester. 

M.A. in International Development Studies

Foreign Language

High intermediate proficiency 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 college-level language course work
  • Submitting results from the online, self-administered diagnostic exam
  • 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 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, or by taking the three-week review course(s) of micro- and macroeconomics that the Elliott School offers prior to the start of the fall semester. 

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 proficiency in a modern foreign language is required at the time of application to the International Trade and Investment Policy program.

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

  • 4 semesters (or equivalent) of college-level language course work (can be completed prior to enrollment or those with insufficient coursework must complete the coursework during their MA study)
  • Submitting results from the online, self-administered diagnostic exam
  • 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 Trade and Investment Policy curriculum. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution.

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, or by taking the three-week review course(s) of micro- and macroeconomics that the Elliott School offers prior to the start of the fall semester. 

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.

M.A. in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

Foreign Language

High intermediate proficiency 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 college-level language course work
  • Submitting results from the online, self-administered diagnostic exam
  • 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 proficiency 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 college-level language course work
  • Submitting results from the online, self-administered diagnostic exam
  • 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

Tools

One semester of statistics coursework (recommended)

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Upper intermediate proficiency in a modern foreign language 

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

  • 4 semesters (or equivalent) of college-level language course work
  • Submitting results from the online, self-administered diagnostic exam
  • 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. curriculum. Students should plan to have taken two separate economics courses, introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconmoics. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution.

In some cases, a student may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics prerequisite; in which case, the student is required to take any missing courses (microeconomics and/or macroeconomics) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.

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.

High intermediate proficiency 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 and/or included results from an online, self-administered diagnostic exam.

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 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, or by taking the three-week review course(s) of micro- and macroeconomics that the Elliott School offers prior to the start of the fall semester. 

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 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. Students who have completed less than two semesters of coursework in micro- and macroeconomics may be asked to take the two-week review course(s) in micro- and macroeconomics that the Elliott School offers prior to the start of the fall semester.
 
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.