Who is eligible?

AGS welcomes students from all nationalities and from a variety of educational backgrounds.

For the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy, certificates programs, or graduate study abroad: The core admission requirement for all Master's level programs is a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. A degree in a discipline related to the program you are considering is helpful. Nonetheless, many students attend our programs in order to branch out in complementary directions from their earlier studies, and this is taken into account both during the admission process and in designing the curricula.

For the Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy: Ph.D. candidates must have a Master's degree in International Relations or in a related field, with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. Candidates from other programs will be judged on a case-by-case basis. A strong background in history, international affairs, political science, economics, and particularly in social science methodologies is required.

For partner programs: additional degree options with partner programs are available to students enrolled in the M.A. or Ph.D. program. For more information on eligibility and application requirements please click here.

Professional experience, although not required, is beneficial for all programs, especially the degree programs.

In addition, we value experience with other cultures and abilities in foreign languages (however, note that having a second language, whether French or other, is not an admission requirement.)

While AGS admissions are selective, our philosophy emphasizes individual consideration, and our Admissions Committee will take into account all aspects of your application. The important constants are a strong desire for study in the field, the capacity to keep up with an ambitious student body, and the discipline to carry through to the desired degree.

Application requirements

Here is the list of the documents that are required to apply :

  • A personal statement (between 500 and 1,000 words). This personal statement should enable the Admissions Committee to assess your goals, motivations, and potential to do graduate level work. You may write about any experience that you deem relevant: academic, professional, or personal. Why do you believe that you are a good fit for our program?

  • Your current CV or resume

  • Official transcripts of all previous university-level studies (to be provided directly by the university). Note that if your official transcripts are in a language other than English or French, you may be asked to provide a certified translation.

  • Two letters of recommendation (in English). These letters should be from professors who have instructed you in your last degree program. If you have been out of university for more than three years, you may provide professional recommendation letters (i.e. from employers or former employers) instead of academic recommendation letters.

  • For non-native speakers of English who did not graduate from a degree program instructed in English: a standardized test of English score : TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. Note that AGS reserves the right to ask for an English TOEFL/IELTS score from other candidates as well if relevant.

  • For M.A. applicants only: an analytical writing sample

  • For Ph.D. applicants only:
    – A dissertation project description of 250-500 words. Please note that acceptance into the program does not mean that the dissertation project submitted during your application is approved. Once admitted, you will have the opportunity to fine-tune your topic and other aspects of your proposal.
    – a writing sample of previously submitted academic work, such as an article for publication in a scholarly journal, OR an assignment submitted during the applicant's graduate studies.

  • A copy of your passport

  • An application fee of €50, non-refundable. 

Application Deadlines (two intakes per year)

Fall intake
(start early September)

Spring intake
(start end of January)

EU students
(no visa needed)

Non-EU students
(incl. estimated timeframe for visa procedure)

EU students
(no visa needed)

Non-EU students
(incl. estimated timeframe for visa procedure)

15 July

15 June

15 December

15 November

Admission decisions are made year-round, on a rolling basis. Late applications may be considered depending on space available.

After you've applied

In some cases, you may be invited for an interview (online or in person) as part of the admissions process. You will be notified of the decision within four weeks of receipt of your complete admissions file. 

If admitted, in order to confirm your enrollment in the program you will be asked to pay a 500-euro non refundable deposit. This amount will be credited towards your first semester's tuition.

You may request to defer your acceptance by a semester or a year. This can only be done once. You will be asked to provide a letter explaining the reasons for deferment. Deferment requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.



Contact Us

For any questions,
please email us at info@ags.edu
or use the form below.


Jennifer Grant USA
M.A., School of International Relations
Class of 2008

quote leftStudying at AGS has not only provided me with an intimate learning experience, but has also given me the opportunity to take advantage of the dozens of international organizations and NGOs in Paris that offer internships.quote right

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