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Graduate Admission Requirements

International Studies Program | SPPAIS



Admission Information


Note that GRE/GMAT scores are NOT REQUIRED for the International Studies MA application.


Admission is open to all students holding a bachelor's degree in any major. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Students need to complete the online application which is associated with an application fee of $50--the application fee cannot be waived.

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 or the MA with the ENR joint-degree.
  2. Unofficial undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. You will be prompted to enter email information for three reputable contacts that will provide us with an accurate assesment of your skills.
  4. Our Graduate Assistant Application (Graduate Assistantship applications are considered until March 1st for the following fall. Apps that arrive after March 1st will be considered for our pool of alternates.)
  5. A curriculum vitae, and writing samples can also be uploaded if desired.


Additional International Student Requirements:

  1. Confidential Financial Aid Statement delivered to UW Admissions office.

  2. The University of Wyoming's institutional minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 540 (76 iBT). The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5. IELTS and TOELF scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official.

    The following are TOEFL/IELTS alternatives for evaluating English proficiency.

  3. Foreign students, who are non-native English speakers, must pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

The MA Admissions Committee may recommend provisional admission, including specific coursework to be completed, if a student's background is deemed insufficient, but will not consider any form of admission without a complete application.


Graduate Assistantship Information

Graduate Assistantships can carry a full tuition and fee waiver, a monthly living stipend, and health insurance.

Graduate assistants are assigned various duties such as class preparation, grading, research for faculty members, and office duties. Students are expected to work 20 hours per week.

For more information on graduate education at the University of Wyoming visit the UW Graduate Education page.

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

If you have any questions, please contact the School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies,, (307) 766-6484.

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School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies

Department 3197 | A&S 208

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)-766-6484


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