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International graduate admissions : admission criteria

Several criteria are taken into account for the admission of international applicants to the master's programme.

We evaluate the academic and linguistic level required for admission to the programme applied to and we assess the coherence between the applicants profile and the training offered by the selected programme.

In order to achieve this, we review the background of the applicant. If the academic level is satisfactory we then take into consideration the personal and professional experiences, references, and the other elements which they have chosen to highlight in their application, as well as the factors that have influenced their decision and motivated their choices for their future endeavors.

What the applicant would contribute to the student body and what his overall commitment to Sciences Po would be are also weighed in as factors of selection.

Finally, we try to establish whether the applicant has sufficiently sought to inform him/herself about the programme the s/he has chosen and whether s/he is able to state his/her reasons for choosing the programme convincingly.

In order to achieve this, we take into account the following aspects of the application:

The applicant's background

Academic excellence

We receive a large number of applications every year from highly motivated and academically competitive applicants making admission to Sciences Po very selective.

The academic background and the results obtained are essential factors in the selection process.

Here are some examples of the academic level demanded of applicants to Sciences Po master's programmes.

Please note that meeting the minimum grade point average does not guarantee an offer of admission. Consider that the other elements in the application are also taken into account. It is also possible to offer admission to an applicant who has a slightly lower average but whose application includes non academic assets which might compensate.

In principle, Sciences Po requires the following minimum results for admission to the master's programme:

  • Germany: 1.9
  • Brazil: 7.5/10
  • Cameroon: 15/20
  • Canada: 3.3/4, 3.5/4.3 or 7/9
  • China: 85 per cent or 3.5/4
  • Colombia: 4.2/5
  • Ivory Coast: 14/20
  • France: 14/20
  • Italy: 28/30 (we also look at results from the exams)
  • Lebanon: 85 per cent or 3.5/4
  • Morocco: 15/20
  • Mexico: 9/10
  • Netherlands: 7.5/10
  • Russia: 4.5/5
  • Senegal: 15/20
  • Switzerland: 4.7/6 (except for HEI : 4.5/6)
  • UK: 2:1 Upper Second Class Honours. 
  • USA or other countries that use the GPA system: 3.5/4 or 3.7/4.3

We ourselves calculate the average scores for those transcripts that do not indicate the cumulative general average score. We then take into account the grades obtained rather than the projected results.

Professional experience

Previous internships in the same domain as the master's applied to are particularly important for the programmes of the Paris School of International Affairs, the School of Journalism, the Urban School and the School of Management and Innovation. 

Any previous personal experience demonstrating the open-mindedness, curiosity or boldness of the applicant (whether sporting, artistic, humanitarian, or other) is highly valued.

We are keen to know what opportunities the applicant has had and which ones they have chosen; which decisions they have had to take; in which domains they have had specific responsibilities; and who or what in their lives has influenced and helped them to become who they are.

Our training is not always best adapted to students who have already had several years of professional experience. The School of Journalism, in particular, targets students who are fresh from their undergraduate studies. It is imperative that applicants evaluate the training offer before applying. Please check our One Year Master's programmes and the Executive Education programmes. 

The applicant's career plans

It is desirable that the applicant express a concrete idea of the professional domain (or even position) that they are aiming for, and that they state clearly what aspects of their personality or background have led them to make this choice.

The fit between the applicant's career plans and the training sought is evaluated in order to ensure that the prospective student stands to gain the most from it. It is important to us, and to the applicants, that we offer them the training and academic framework that they need.

The applicants must therefore clarify the reasons why they have chosen the given programme, what exactly are the aspects they find attractive and explain how Sciences Po would be an integral part of their plans.

The personality of the applicant

Besides the qualities indicated above, it is important that the applicant demonstrate his/her willingness to become an active part of the social community, as well as a professional. Previous activities showing such a capacity for leadership and overall responsibility are appreciated.

Prospective students should be able to demonstrate the aptitude to develop during their studies certain attitudes such as intellectual curiosity, the capacity to take on difficulties and to face complex situations, and the capacity to uphold respect, tolerance and consideration as fundamental values of citizenship.

Finally, the internationalization of professional training and placement at Sciences Po requires capacities of autonomy, listening, adaptability and openness to others which are therefore strongly valued in the applicant.

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