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International Graduate Admissions: A two-step selection process

The selection process for Sciences Po two-year Master’s programmes consists of two stages:

  • the admissibility stage: at the end of this stage, you may be declared admissible or not admissible. If you are admissible, your application is handed over to the admission panel.
  • the admission stage: at the end of this stage, you may be declared admitted or not admitted.

The selection process for dual degrees is different. Please refer to the page dedicated to dual degrees.

The admissibility stage

The admissibility stage is the first step in the selection process. Your application will be subject to a qualitative evaluation. The academic background is assessed with the utmost care. Academic performance is a key element in the selection of our future students. Applicants must rank among the best students in their class.

Sciences Po requires a minimum grade point average for your undergraduate studies (Bachelor level).

Applicants with averages below the minimum required level will automatically be deemed not admissible.

An average grade meeting our prerequisites (see below) does not in itself guarantee your admissibility. The selection committee proceeds to a holistic evaluation of your file. All the elements CVs, personal statements, personal and profesionnal experience, etc. are taken into account during this process.

Minimum undergraduate averages required.

You will be asked to provide a document from your university showing your average grade for your Bachelor’s degree and, if applicable, your Master’s degree.

Candidates whose applications are accepted by the admissibility committee are declared admissible. The committee’s decisions are final.

The admission stage

The admission stage consists of two qualitative and extensive evaluations of the whole application file.

We especially assess the applicants' strengths and potential to succeed in their studies at Sciences Po, namely:

  • their academic performance;
  • their motivation for the requested programme and for studying at Sciences Po;
  • their personal background;
  • the coherence between their professional project and the chosen programme.

An application with an excellent academic level whose other elements are considered inadequate may not be retained by the admission committee.

Applicants selected by the admission committee are declared admitted. The committees decisions are final.

You are applying to the Sciences Po School of Journalism: Should your application be deemed admissible, you will be invited to take part in a 30-minute discussion over your motivation and skills with a panel chaired by a member of the School of Journalism.