International graduate admissions: admission criteria
We start by verifying that the applicant has earned the academic level required for admission to the selected programme (eligibility step), then we assess the adequacy between the applicant's profile and the training offered by the programme. We also assess your application in relation to the overall applicants pool (admission step).
Academic background and performances are central to the selection process. Please note that previous courses in social sciences will be valued.
Minimum academic requirements
Sciences Po requires the following minimum results for admission to its master's programmes:
- Brazil: 7.5/10
- Canada: 3.3/4 or 3.5/4.3
- China: 85% or 3.5/4
- Colombia: 4/5
- Germany: 1.7/5
- India: 65%
- Italy: 28/30
- Lebanon: 85% or 3.5/4
- Mexico: 8.5/10
- Netherlands: 7.5/10
- Russia: 4.5/5
- Spain : 7.5/10
- Switzerland: 4.7/6
- UK: 65%
- USA : 3.5/4
Do not hesitate to contact us if you need to know the minimum required for your country.
We require an official proof (signed and stamped) from your university, providing your undergraduate cumulative grade average (and your graduate cumulative grade average if applicable). Please provide one certificate by degree and/or institution attended.
Please note that meeting the required minimum grade point average does not guarantee an offer of admission. Consider that the other various components of your application are also taken into account, such as your professional experience and personal background. On an exceptional basis, an applicant with a slightly lower average but whose application includes non academic assets which might compensate may also be offered admission.
Sciences Po's School of Journalism: depending on your application, you may be invited to an interview to discuss your motivation and skills with a member of the executive board of the Sciences Po Journalism School. This interview may be conducted through video conference if you are abroad.
Several criteria are taken into account for the admission of international applicants to the master's programme:
Professional experience (or at least one or several internships) is valued, preferably in the field of the programme.
It is important that you show a clear 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 this choice.
The adequacy 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 community and what his/her overall commitment to Sciences Po, any previous personal experience demonstrating open-mindedness, leadership, curiosity or boldness (whether sporting, artistic, humanitarian, or other) is highly valued.
Prospective students should be able to demonstrate their ability to develop a number of skills during their studies such as intellectual curiosity, capacity to take on difficulties and to face complex situations, and capacity to uphold respect, tolerance and consideration as fundamental civic values.
We try to establish whether the applicant has sufficiently sought to inform him/herself about the chosen programme and whether s/he is able to convincingly state his/her reasons for this choice.
Finally, the internationalization of professional training and placement at Sciences Po requires capacities such as autonomy, listening, adaptability and openness towards others which are therefore strongly valued in the applicant.