Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the requirements for the application process?
Our department has 3 different graduate programs: International Affairs M.A., Political
Science M.A, and Urban Policy and Administration M.A., and please make certain to
specify the program in which you are applying to.
Political Science M.A. For fall admissions: May 1; for spring admissions: November 15.
Please submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions: official transcripts
from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, and a two-
page personal statement on background and interests. The GRE is not required.
International Affairs M.A. For fall admissions: May 1; for spring admissions: November
15. Please submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions: official
transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation,
and a two-page personal statement on background and interests. The GRE is not
Urban Policy and Administration M.A. July 15th November 15th none Please submit
the following documents to the Office of Admissions: official transcripts from all colleges
and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, and a three-page essay
(typed, double-spaced) describing your interest in Urban Policy and how the Master's
degree fits with your professional development. For more information, contact the
Graduate Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004;
Who should I contact with questions about admissions?
For any questions about the application process, such as submitting transcripts, please
contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the required GPA (Grade Point Average)?
We require a minimum GPA of 3.0
Should I apply since my GPA is less than 3.0?
If your GPA is below a 3.0, you can still apply, since we take into consideration your full
application, particularly the letters of recommendation. Because of increased
competition, though, applicants with GPAs under 3.0 are unlikely to be admitted.
Can an undergraduate student apply for admissions before they matriculate?
Anyone can apply as long as they their bachelor’s degree is completed before beginning
the program. But while they may submit an application before they are done with their
B.A., no one can submit an application after the deadline (see above for dates).
I’m an International Student, am I required to take the TOEFL?
Yes, students who are visiting from other countries are required to take the exam
Are there any exemptions to taking the TOEFL?
Yes, U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are not required to take the TOEFL exam.
Furthermore, students that have obtained their undergraduate degree from a country
where English is the official language are also exempt.
Do I need an external evaluation of my transcripts if it was earned in a non-English
Yes, the transcript evaluations are required for ALL students who obtained their degree
from ANY school outside of the United States, even if the official language was English.
How many credits is the program?
Political Science and International Affairs requires 30 credits. Urban policy and
administration requires 33 credits.
How long will it take to complete the program?
We often get questions about how long it takes to graduate, and the answer is that, it
depends entirely on how many courses you take each semester. If you take 2-3
classes, you will graduate in about two years. If you want to finish in one year, you
would have to take four classes for two semesters and two classes over the summer.
Is the comprehensive exam required?
Yes, for International Affairs and Political Science students; it is not required for Urban
Is a language exam required?
Only for International Affairs students, a language proficiency exam is given to students
in a language other than their native tongue.
What are the different statuses of students in the program?
Most students are fully matriculated into the program. Applicants who want to take a few
classes before committing to the program may apply as non-matriculated students.
Because of increased competition in the admissions process, however,
How many credits can a non-matriculated student take?
A student can be non-matriculated for up to 15 credits
Is the matriculation automatic if I maintain a GPA of 3.00 or above?
No, you would still need to officially apply to the program.