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MIA Application Requirements and Deadlines

All applications must be submitted through the University's Online Application System. Supplementary materials such as the statement of background and goals and resume should be uploaded into the online application system. Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Master of International Affairs program's admissions committee. Average processing time for a completed application is three to four weeks. 


  • February 1: Fall semester application deadline with scholarship consideration
  • July 15: Fall semester application deadline
  • December 15: Spring semester application deadline

MIA Application Checklist:

  • Completed Degree Application
  • Official transcripts* of all graduate and undergraduate work to date
  • Official GRE Scores** (GMAT & LSAT*** scores are also acceptable)
  • two letters of recommendation
  • 1 to 2 page statement of background and goals
  • Resume
  • $75 Application Fee

*Scanned copies of transcripts will not be accepted as official.  Applications will not be reviewed without official copies of the transcripts.

** GRE waiver requests will be considered from applicants who possess 5 or more years of relevant full-time professional experience.  Please see our GRE waiver policy for more information.

*** The LSAT may be accepted in lieu of GRE scores when an applicant has taken two or more quantitative courses at the undergraduate level with a B or better average in those courses.  Please contact the Department at regarding details and approval.

Instructions for the Statement of Background and Goals:

In a 1-2 page double-spaced essay, state your reason for undertaking graduate study in International Affairs. Convey how graduate study enhances your career plans. Also, discuss any substantial accomplishments, either collegiate, professional, or in the community, which cannot be inferred through other areas of your application. Finally, explicitly talk about your area of interest, such as diplomacy or global security, as the committee will take "fit" with the program's areas of concentration into consideration during the review process.

For International Applicants:

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.  For more information regarding English proficiency, degree equivalencies, and transcript requirements, please visit the University's International Applicants web page.

For more information, contact Rockefeller's office of Graduate Admissions: | 518-442-5396

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the .