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International graduate admissions: admission criteria
First we review the academic level required for admission to the programme applied to (admissibility step) and then we assess the adequation between the applicants profile and the training offered by the selected programme. We also assess your application in regard with the overall applicant’s pool (admission step).
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. Please note that previous courses in social sciences will be appreciated.
Academic minimum required
Sciences Po requires the following minimum results for admission to the master's programme:
- Brazil: 7.5/10
- Cameroon: 15/20
- Canada: 3.3/4 or 3.5/4.3
- China: 85% or 3.5/4
- Colombia: 4.2/5
- Ivory Coast: 14/20
- France: 14/20
- Germany: 1.9/5
- India: 60%
- Italy: 28/30 (we also look at results from the exams)
- Lebanon: 85% or 3.5/4
- Morocco: 15/20
- Mexico: 8.5/10
- Netherlands: 7.5/10
- Russia: 4.5/5
- Senegal: 15/20
- Switzerland: 4.7/6 (except for HEI : 4.5/6)
- UK: 65%
- USA or other countries that use the GPA system: 3.5/4
How to calculate your average scores
You will be asked to provide a cumulative grade point average for each of our previous university level studies. More information on how to provide your average scores.
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, like your professionnal experience and personal background. 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.
Several criteria are taken into account for the admission of international applicants to the master's programme.
Professional experience is appreciated, or at least one or several internships, preferably in the same field as the programme you apply to.
It is important that you express a precise idea of the professional field (or even position) that you are aiming for, and that you state clearly what aspects of your personality or background have led you 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.
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. Any previous personal experience demonstrating the open-mindedness, leadership, curiosity or boldness of the applicant (whether sporting, artistic, humanitarian, or other) is highly valued.
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.
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.
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.