FAQ - Master
Master (60 questions)
Applicant's profile (3 questions)
- Can I apply if I have not obtained my diploma yet?
- Is there an age limit for applying to a Sciences Po Master Programme?
- I am a professional and I wish to apply to Sciences Po. What advice can you give me?
There are a number of possibilities:
The Masters programmes, if you hold an undergraduate diploma or at least three years of professional experience. For further information, please go to the Masters programmes' admissions pages.
The one year Master's programmes, if you have completed a university diploma and can demonstrate 3 to 5 years of post-graduate professional experience, depending on the programmes.
Admission process (5 questions)
- Can I apply for both a master's programme and a dual degree programme?
- Does the procedure for admission at a one-year master’s programme include an oral interview or a written examination?
- I studied at Sciences Po as part of an undergraduate / Master's exchange programme and I would like to stay on or come back later to complete a Sciences Po Master's. How can I do this?
- How many times can I apply to a Master programme ?
- Does my nationality determine the admission procedure through which I should apply?
Choose a programme (8 questions)
- Can I work full time during my studies in a one year programme?
- Can I apply for two master's programmes?
- Can I apply for both a master's programme and a dual degree programme?
Yes, you can apply for a master's programme (excluding one-year programmes) and a dual degree programme at the same time.
The dual degree programme will be considered as a first choice and the Master's programme as a second (but if admitted to both programmes, you will be able to choose in which you want to enroll).
- What is an apprenticeship master's programme?
Seven of Sciences Po Master's programmes offer the students the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship during their second year.
An apprenticeship is a form of training in which the student spends one year alternating between paid work in a public or private organisation and attending academic courses delivered at Sciences Po.
For more information, click here.
- What is a Partnership Programme?
They are unique programmes in partnership with an affiliated university characterized by specific enrolment requirements and diplomas. These programmes are open to Sciences Po students and certain partner universities students. Please review the eligibility criteria and the specificities of the given programme.
In order to apply to any one of these programmes, you must select the indicated “Partnership Programme” procedure in the online application to view the accurate list of programmes available.
- Is it possible to apply to a one-year master’s programme and apply to another Sciences Po program (Master, dual degree) at the same time?
- Is it possible to apply to two different one-year master’s programmes at the same time?
- Can I apply for two dual degree programmes?
No. You cannot apply for two dual degree programmes. You can however apply for a dual degree programme and a two-year graduate programme. In which case your first choice must be dual degree with the graduate programme as your second. If deadlines for these two programmes differ, you must respect the first to come to term.
Sciences Po students need to submit an application only if they are applying for a dual degree programme. Please do not indicate any choice of Master's as a second option. This decision will be made with the "Direction de la scolarité".
Financial Information (8 questions)
- Should I not be admitted, will the application fees be refunded?
- What grants/scholarships are available for Master's programmes?
- How do I apply for the Emile Boutmy scholarship ?
- I do not have a credit card, how do I pay the application fee?
If you cannot pay by credit card, you may ask us for the required information to pay by bank transfer. You must send us a proof of payment in the form of an official bank confirmation. Once the payment has been registered it will be updated in the online application, you will receive a confirmation in order for you to continue completing the form allowing you to submit it for review.
Beware: Just because you have paid this fee does not mean that the application has automatically been submitted. You must manually submit your application by clicking "submit application".
- How do I apply to the Eiffel scholarship?
- How much are the tuition fees at Sciences Po?
- What grants/scholarships are available?
For some of the undergraduate and graduate programmes, you may be eligible to the Emile Boutmy scholarship.
For some graduate programmes you may also be eligible to the Eiffel Scholarship.
For One Year Master's programmes, Sciences Po awards scholarships to a select number of Students, in the form of tuition reduction. These tuition reductions range from 10% to over 50%. For more information, contact the academic advisor of the programme you are applying to.
Other scholarships are available, please check
- If I have applied for a dual degree, can I apply for the Eiffel scholarship?
Campus France does not grant any Eiffel Scholarship for dual degree programmes, except for the following ones:
- Sciences Po Journalism School/Columbia University
- First year students of Sciences et Politiques de l'Environnement Sciences Po/ Sorbonne Université, Faculty of Sciences
- First year students of Quantitative Economics Sciences Po/Panthéon Sorbonne Paris I
Create your account (2 questions)
- Do I have to complete my application all at once?
The online application is composed of several sections. Entries for each field may be saved by clicking on the « save changes » link at the bottom of the page. This allows you to save your information as you are completing your application. It will be saved until the next connection. You can thus complete your application in several steps.
- I opened an application form in the previous years, may I use it to apply this year?
Language requirements (5 questions)
- May I receive a decision before I provide my language test scores?
If you applied for a regular Master's programme: your online application can be processed without your language test results. It is therefore possible to be admitted or not before having provided them. If you are offered admission but you have not yet provided the language test(s), the offer will only be valid under the condition that you provide your results before 31 May 2021. Accordingly, you will be notified of this conditional offer. The official letter of admission will not be issued until you have satisfied this requirement.
If you apply to a dual degree: you must provide your language test results no later than the deadline of the programme you are applying to, otherwise your application will be considered as incomplete.
If, however, you are applying to a Boutmy or Eiffel scholarship you must respect the deadline of the scholarship and provide all of the required documents, including your language test results. Your application to the scholarship will not be taken into account in the case of any missing documents.
Two to three months may be needed to obtain your language test results. You must therefore take the necessary precautions in order to provide your results whilst respecting the deadline.
- The required language is my mother tongue. Do I need to take a language test?
- May I apply for a one-year programme in Sciences Po without having any language tests results?If you are unable to provide scores from one of the above tests when submitting your application, please attach any relevant supporting material proving your language level.
Examples of such material may be: a degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction (at least two years of study), proof of 2 years of professional experience in an English speaking country and/or in an exclusively English speaking working environment.
For SPEAP the same exemples apply for the French language.
The jury will take these documents into consideration, but please note that a language proficiency test may be required if the material submitted is not deemed sufficient to prove your language proficiency.
- How long are the test results valid for?
- Which language test should I take when applying to Sciences Po programmes?
References (8 questions)
- Does the referee need to fill the form or may s/he send a letter by email?
We do not accept reference letters sent by email.
The referees need to fill the online form. However, in the event that your referee cannot complete the online referee form, and subject to this stipulation only, she/he must contact us and we will send him/her the form in Word format. He/she must then complete it and send it back to us directly through our contact form (confidentially and from a professional email address).
- May I send more than two professional references to apply to a one year master programme ?
- May I add or delete a referee from my application form?
Yes, you may delete or add a referee until your application has been submitted.
In your application form, we invite you to go into the academic background section and click on the check box which appears on the right of the referee from whom a reference is pending. A pop up box will appear with the question :"Are you sure you want to suppress this reference?" If yes, please accept. You will then be able to add a new referee
Make sure you inform in advance your referee of your request as an automatic notification email will be sent once you've filled out their data.
- How do my referees receive the form to fill out?
Once you have filled in (and saved) your referees' contact information on the online application, an e-mail will be sent automatically inviting them to complete an online recommendation form.
We therefore recommend that you make arrangements with your referees beforehand and make sure that they will be able to respond to your request to fill out the recommendation form sent by Sciences Po. Bear in mind that your referees receive many such requests.
Make sure your referees know the deadline to fill the forms and in what language they must do so. The references can be written in French or English. If you are applying to a Master programme and to a dual degree programme, the references must be written in English.
You should check that they have received this e-mail. If they haven't, please contact us by email.
- When do my referees receive an invitation to submit a reference for me?
Once you have filled in (and saved) your referees' contact information on the online application, an e-mail will be sent automatically by the system inviting them to complete an online reference form. You should check that they have received this e-mail.
- May I submit my application form even if some of my referees have not sent their forms yet?
No, you must make sure your referees have included their forms before submitting your application. Keep in mind your application must be completed, including the references, by the programme's or scholarship's deadline.
- May I read the references submitted by my referees?
No, applicants are not allowed to read references. They are strictly confidential and will only be read by the assessors of your application.
- In what language do the references need to be written?
For regular Master's programmes: references must be written in French or English (unless otherwise instructed).
For international dual degree programmes, they must be written in English (unless otherwise instructed).
If you apply to a master programme and to a dual degree, they must be written in English (unless otherwise instructed).
Personal statement (2 questions)
Upload the requested material (6 questions)
- Do my academic transcripts need to be translated?
- What transcripts should I join to my application file?
- How to provide my Cumulative grade average ?
In the Academic background section, you are required to indicate your exact cumulative/final grade average for each university degree (Bachelor and Master level if adequate) in the dedicated box.
If you have not yet finished your degree, please write your average obtained to this date.
No conversion is required. You must write your average as it is, using the grading scale of your university. In the comment of the attachment, please specify the position of your average on the transcript.
- Should I write my resume in English or French?
Master programmes: you must write your resume in French or English, according to the language of the programme you are applying for.
One year programmes: you must write your resume in English (except for SPEAP, resume to be attached in French).
Dual degree programmes: you must write your resume in English.
- Must the required information material be attached to my online application or should I mail it to Sciences Po?
You must attach all the required documents directly to your online application. It is preferable that they be in pdf format.
- Do I have to send the original of my degree certificate?
Additional material requested by Sciences Po (1 question)
- How long does it take you to acknowledge that you have correctly received my supplementary information materials?
When you send us missing documents at our request, the status update is not instantaneous: it might take between 7 and 15 days to update.
Please be patient and avoid sending several copies of the same document. It will only slow down the process! Once we have checked out your documents, you will be able to see it directly on your online space.
Admission decision (1 question)
Newly admitted (8 questions)
- What does Conditional admission offer mean?
You have been admitted at Sciences Po on the condition that you prove the required language proficiency for the programme.
Applicants who have received a conditional offer of admission must provide their language test scores according to the language requirements before the given deadline. If you are unable to provide satisfactory language scores by then, you lose the benefit of your admission.
There is no conditional admission for the dual degree programmes.
- I have been admitted, what should I do now to finalize my registration?
- I am newly admitted, who are my new contacts?
If you have been admitted to Sciences Po, please check the Students website for information on your next steps, registration, tuition fees, health insurance, orientation programmes and more.
If you have questions regarding bursaries and financial aid, student welfare and support as well as housing and residence permits please contact our Student services through their online contact form.
Please note that the Administrative registration's office and the Student Services do not take questions by phone. The Admissions office call center only answers questions regarding admissions and current applications (newly admitted students must refer to the Administrative registration office or the Student Services Office).
If you are an exchange student, please contact the International Affairs Office.
If you have special needs, please check the Accessibility page.
- I need proof of my admission in order to obtain my visa, what should I do?
You may download an enrollment certificate through the student services centre in your online student space, once you have accepted our offer of admission. This document will assist you in obtaining a visa.
Depending on the required documents, you may also present the Letter of Admission you received from Sciences Po.
- At what time of the year can I begin studying at Sciences Po?
The academic year at Sciences Po begins by end of August and mid-September, depending on the programmes. Only exchange students may begin in January (second semester). Please consult the information on our Welcome programmes and be aware that certain orientation programmes may be compulsory.
- I have been admitted to a dual degree programme. Is it possible to defer my enrolment?
- I have been admitted to a graduate programme. May I transfer to a different one?
- I have been admitted to a graduate programme (Master's or One-Year Master's programme). Is it possible to defer my enrolment?
You may request a deferral of your enrolment (for Master's programmes and one-year Master's programmes). To do so you must indicate it through your student space. Under the section to accept, refuse or defer the offer of admission.
Deferals are not automatically granted.
Please note that deferrals will not be granted for dual degree programmes.
Unsuccessful candidates (3 questions)
- I was not admitted. May I apply again for the same programme?
- If I am not admitted, may I try to apply through a different procedure the following year?
- I was not admitted in the programme which I had applied for, may I apply for a separate programme the same year?
No. If you have not been admitted, you cannot apply for another programme during the same academic year. However, you may apply again for the next academic year (up to three times, starting from the admissions for the 2018 intake).
Please note that if your profile does not match the requirements of the programme you applied for and your application is rejected, the selection committee might decide to consider it for a different programme. Sciences Po will make an admission offer accordingly and you may then decide to accept or decline the offer.