Admissions Procedures: How to Apply to Sciences Po

There are several different admissions procedures when applying to Sciences Po, depending on the candidate's profile. Discover the different procedures below and see which one corresponds to your situation.

At which points in my academic journey can I apply to Sciences Po?

Admission to Sciences Po can occur at different times in your academic journey:

  • For a Bachelor’s degree, after obtaining a high school diploma or equivalent
  • For a Master’s degree, for those having obtained a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • For a doctorate degree, for those having obtained a graduate/Master’s degree or equivalent
  • For a One-Year Master’s programme, for those having obtained an undergraduate degree or another university degree equivalent (a Master’s degree or professional experience may also be required)

Applications for the start of the 2020 academic year will open at the beginning of October 2019 for the Master’s programmes, and starting mid-October 2019 for the Bachelor programme.

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Applying to a Bachelor’s degree programme (Undergraduate College)

> If you are pursuing or have obtained a French general or technological baccalaureate in France, then you should apply via the examination admissions procedure (FR).

> If you are pursuing or have obtained in the last two years:

  • the French baccalaureate outside of France,
  • a foreign diploma in France,
  • a foreign diploma outside of France,

then you should apply via the international admissions procedure.

Note: The international procedure provides access to pursue a Bachelor’s degree on one of Sciences Po’s regional campuses. For access to the Paris campus, students who are pursuing a diploma from a recognized high school abroad must apply via the examination admission procedure (FR).

> For applications to an undergraduate dual degree programme, admissions procedures and deadlines are specific to each dual degree. See the procedures specific to international dual degrees and dual degrees with other French universities.

Note: The undergraduate admissions procedures will change for the 2021 intake. The three current admissions procedures will be replaced by one single procedure. See how admissions will change beginning 2021.

Applying to a Master’s degree programme (Graduate Schools)

> You have a university diploma from an institute of higher education in France, equivalent to at least three years of higher education (License or 180 ECTS credits), or you are a student in a partner establishment with Sciences Po for admission to a master’s programme, then you must apply via the French procedure (FR).

> You have an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science/ Licenciatura/License), or a foreign Master’s degree, then you should apply via the international Master’s procedure.

> For applications to a graduate dual degree programmediscover the procedures specific to each graduate dual degree.

Applying to a One-Year Master’s programme

> If you have at least an undergraduate degree and some professional experience, you can boost your career by applying to one of our 6 one-year master’s programmes. Discover the admissions procedure and see eligibility conditions for our one-year master’s programmes.

Applying to a Ph.D programme

> If you have a master's degree and you wish to pursue one of the 5 doctoral programmes (Law, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology) offered by the Doctoral School, see the admissions procedure for a Ph.D.

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Good to know before applying: Admissions to Sciences Po are for the first year of each proposed programme. It is not possible to be admitted into the 2nd or 3rd year of the undergraduate college or into the 2nd year of our two-year graduate schools.

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