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Admission to a One-Year Master's Programme

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One-year Master's programmes

One-year master’s programmes at Sciences Po deliver an intensive curriculum designed for young professionals seeking to take their career to the next level.

Programmes differ from Two-Years Master's programmes by their duration (one year instead of two). They are intended for young professionals eager to develop the expertise they need to boost their careers. These programmes are taught entirely in English.

Discover our One-Year Master's programmes.

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The Admissions Process

Admission to our one-year Master's programmes is based on an assessment of the applicant's academic background and professional experience. When making its decision, the selection committee will also consider the applicant’s motivation, the coherence of his or her project, and the references provided.
Please note: The one-year Master’s programmes admission procedure is exclusive of any other procedure. Applicants must therefore choose whether to apply to a 2-year Master’s programme (regular Master's and/or dual degree) or to a one-year Master's programme.

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Deadlines for the 2024 intake

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How to apply

Create an account, log in and fill out your application. It may take up to two hours before receiving the activation link. 

You cannot use the same application form twice. If you already applied in the past, you must create a new application form. 

For further information, check the application guide.

You can select only one Master’s programme. You cannot apply to two different One-Year Master’s programmes or a combination with regular Master's programmes.

Please note: You may only apply to Sciences Po's programmes once per academic year. Should your application be unsuccessful, it is not possible to apply to a different programme or through another procedure for the same academic year. 

More information on our One-Year Master’s programmes.

Start your application by filling in the reference section. This will ensure referees have adequate time to reply.

More about the academic and professional references.

When required, take the language tests as early as possible. Obtaining your language test scores may take up to three months. You must therefore take the necessary precautions in order to provide your results whilst respecting the deadlines.

Check the language requirements.

To be eligible for assessment, your application must be complete and submitted before the deadline. 

For all one-year Master's programmes you must upload the following documents in your application file (in English and in pdf format): 

  • CV/Résumé. Please note that, even if your professional experience is listed on your CV, the "professional experience" section is mandatory. It is an important part of your application file that needs to be properly completed.
  • Official academic transcript(s) for the entirety of your time in higher education. Acceptable formats include scanned copies of paper transcripts produced by the institution, electronic transcripts produced by the institution, and web-based academic records produced by the institution and containing your name and the name of the institution. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request official transcripts at any time during the application process.
  • If applicable, a translation (official or made by the candidate) into English or French depending on the programme. Please send it along the academic transcript in the original language.
  • Official transcripts of study abroad and exchange programmes, including at Sciences Po if applicable
  • Proof of language proficiency (you must upload your proof of English proficiency under "English Language test" even if your document is not a language test)
  • One or two professional references, depending on the programme
  • An official proof, signed and stamped, from your university, providing your undergraduate grade average (and your graduate grade average if applicable). Please provide one certificate per degree and/or institution attended. 

Specific documents

Some additional supporting material may be required depending on the programme: a copy of your law degree, etc.

More information on the supporting material and the prerequisites

Assessors read a large number of letters each day and appreciate those which have been carefully written and structured.

Applicants should show a concrete idea of the professional field (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 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. It is important to us, and to the applicants, that we offer them the training and academic framework that they need. Applicants must therefore clarify the reasons why they have chosen the given programme, what aspects they find attractive and explain how Sciences Po would be an integral part of their plans.

For all one-year Master's programmes, please write your personal statement in English.

The application fee of €150 is not refundable. We do not offer fee waivers, unless you have refugee status.

Please note: paying the application fee does not mean that your application form has been submitted. Make sure to submit your application by clicking on the Submit button.

Do not wait until the very last day to submit your application. To be eligible for assessment, your application must be completed and submitted before the deadline. 

Please note: all deadlines always refer to Paris time (11.59pm). 

Important: Our platform does not automatically invalidate incomplete files. It is your responsibility to submit a complete application, including all required documents and references.

Once you have submitted your application, no new document or element will be accepted, unless requested by the Admissions office.

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After submitting your application

Once your application is submitted, you can track the status of your application on your dashboard. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application through their dashboard and by e-mail. The offer of admission is valid only for the programme to which you have applied.

Find out the first steps (calendars, access your online student account, register, choose your courses, etc.) and check our page for international students.

We fully understand your disappointment and your wish to know more about the reasons for our decision. Here are some of the factors that may explain why your application was unsuccessful.

Sciences Po does not provide for a waiting list for graduate admissions. The selection committee's decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

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Fees & Financial Aid

Limited financial resources are not a barrier to receiving a Sciences Po education.

Nearly one in three students receives a full-fee scholarship.

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