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Information for International Students

Rockefeller College's Master of International Affairs degree program welcomes applications from prospective international students who will find the following features of the program particularly attractive.

Quality: Rockefeller College is highly ranked among public affairs schools and its faculty and staff are experienced in teaching and helping professional and international students  

Exceptional tuition value: The University at Albany's non-resident tuition is lower than the vast majority of U.S. universities that offer professional international affairs masters degree programs See graduate tuition costs at:

English language requirements and options for English language learners:

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.  The University at Albany's minimum acceptable scores are 79 TOEFL (internet-based test) and 6.5 IELTS (overall bandwidth).  However, scores of at least 95 TOEFL (ibt) or 7.0 IELTS (overall bandwidth) are strongly preferred for the Master of International Relations program. TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required for students who submit official transcripts showing the successful completion of at least two full-time semesters of study at a college or university in countries where English is the dominant language. (For more information regarding English proficiency, degree equivalencies, and transcript requirements, please visit the University's International Applicants web page).

International applicants whose TOEFL or IELTS scores do not meet the Master of International Affairs program's preferred threshold but still have strong credentials aside from the TOEFL/IELTS score may be offered conditional admission to the Master of International Affairs program. These applicants will be required to enroll in the University's Intensive English Language Program for at least one academic semester in Albany before beginning their coursework in the Master of International Affairs program.  Conditional admissions decisions are made at the discretion of the program's admissions committee.

All international applicants to the Master of International Affairs program who are offered fall semester admission are strongly encouraged to participate in the University's Summer Academic Institute, a four-week program in Albany that includes courses in "Academic Reading and Writing" and "Oral Communication" and helps familiarize students with American culture and the University system.  More information about the Summer Academic Institute can be found at

Additional information

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