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Graduate Admission Requirements|Global & Area Studies

Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission Information

Admission is open to all students with a bachelor's degree who meet the university minimum requirements - combined score of 291 (combined score of 900 on tests taken before August 2011) on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE and a 3.0 GPA. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1. The Global & Area Studies Program admits students only for the fall semester.

Students need to complete the online application which is associated with an application fee of $50.

Application materials need to be uploaded during the online application process and must include:

1. A statement of purpose describing the applicant's objectives in seeking the degree, not to exceed two pages. The statement should clearly state the student's language skills and background in internationally-focused study, as well as proposed area or areas of study (thematic or geographic) at UW. Please discuss how this program in particular fits with those areas and with your career goals. Please identify your interest in the traditional MA, the MA with the ENR joint-degree, or the MIPC.

2. Official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts.

3. Official GRE scores.

4. Three letters of recommendation.

5. Other materials such as Graduate Assistant Application, a curriculum vitae and writing samples can also be uploaded, if desired.

International students need to include a copy of their TOEFL score (unless a B.A. was received from an English language university). Minimum scores required: 540 (written), 207 (computer) and 76 (Internet-based). Request additional score reports at (UW's institution code is 4855). Also complete a financial form as required by the US government.

For more information regarding graduate admissions please go to: Graduate Admissions Website

Graduate Assistantship Information

Graduate Assistantships can carry a full tuition and fee waiver, monthly living stipend, and health insurance. There are full assistantship positions and part-time assistantship positions. 

Graduate assistants are assigned various duties such as class preparation, grading, research for faculty members, and office duties. Students are expected to work 18 hours per week. Given the limited number of graduate assistantships, and the strong interest in our graduate program, half-time assistantships are often awarded.

New Energy Graduate Assistantship Opportunity in Global and Area Studies for 2016

The Energy Graduate Assistantship Program within Global and Area Studies provides an opportunity for one new incoming graduate student at the MA level to apply for a special graduate assistantship focused on energy. The successful applicant must demonstrate a course of study and research in International Studies that will focus on energy and climate security, the international and domestic drivers of energy and climate policy, and/or the politics and social impacts surrounding the use of coal-fired power. The energy graduate assistantship is an opportunity for the student to work directly with Dr. Jean Garrison whose research intersects with these topics and to participate in various symposia on these energy themes sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and School of Energy Resources. The student selected for the graduate assistantship will support the energy-focused curriculum and teach in classes such as Energy Security (to be taught in Fall 2016) as well as short courses proposed in a workshop model supporting visiting experts and involving faculty and students around these themes. The Energy Graduate Assistantship provides a stipend of $15,948 for master’s students. Tuition, mandatory fees and health insurance will also be provided.

Prospective applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher; or master’s degree with a graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher
- GRE verbal + quantitative score of 315 or higher. This combined score corresponds to students scoring at approximately the 80th percentile
- Admission in AY 2016-17 to the Global and Area Studies graduate program to pursue an MA in International Studies. Application deadline is February 1, 2016. For information on the program see:
- Student must be able to fulfill the job duties of a state-funded graduate assistant. (UW admissions requires; GRE writing 3.0 or greater, or Toefl 540, 76 iBT.) International students must pass the TOEFL admission requirements and the oral proficiency exam prior to final approval for funding.
- Current UW students who meet the GPA and GRE criteria are eligible.
For more information on this graduate assistantship opportunity contact Dr. Jean Garrison, Director of the Center for Global Studies, 307-766-6119,;
For information on the Global and Area Studies MA Program contact Dr. Marcus Watson, Graduate Director, 307-766-4169,

Click here for more information on graduate education at the University of Wyoming.

We hope you'll consider the University of Wyoming for your graduate career.

All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Marcus Watson, Graduate Program Director, 307-766-4169, or Erika Helgeson, Graduate Program Coordinator 307-766-3423, or you can go to our "Do you have any Questions?" page and fill out a question form and we will respond to your email as soon as possible.

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