How to Apply

How to apply for graduate studies

You’ve done your research and recognize the unique advantage of pursuing your master’s studies at The American University of Paris.

Our application process is simple and straightforward: submit your information, send us your supporting documents, and receive your admission decision within three weeks. Should you be accepted, you will receive a comprehensive information packet and be directed to online resources for admitted students. These resources will help you prepare for AUP and for your arrival in France. Take a look at our Fall Admissions Timeline [pdf] for an overview of the ideal application timeline.

 

Application deadlines

We review completed applications in “rounds” throughout the year. We encourage you to apply early: priority for admission and scholarships is given in earlier rounds.

Fall Admission
Review Rounds APPLICATION ROUND DEADLINE
Round 1 by 1 February
Round 2 by 1 April
Round 3 after 1 April (based on available spaces)

 

Spring Admission
Review Rounds APPLICATION ROUND DEADLINE
Round 1 by 15 September
Round 2 after 15 September (based on available spaces)

 

General requirements for graduate programs

A successful application to The American University of Paris requires several supporting documents and sometimes tests. Most can be uploaded directly in your online application. We cannot provide you with a decision until we receive all of your documents.

 

Online application form

Each graduate program has its own application via the AUP Application Portal. You may only apply to one program. There is a €75 application processing fee.

 

Personal statement

500-word personal statement: describe your reasons for applying to the program of your choice, drawing on relevant past undergraduate research or professional experience, as well as your career objectives.

 

C.V. or resumé

C.V. or resumé of (at least) the past five years of university and/or employment history; community, professional, and/or university extracurricular activities; and recognitions and achievements. Your C.V. or resumé can be uploaded in .pdf format via the application portal.

 

Two letters of recommendation

We ask that you provide two letters of recommendation from university professors. Online forms for your recommenders are provided in the AUP Application Portal.

 

Official transcripts
  • We ask for official transcripts covering all previous university coursework, including confirmation of an earned bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (or equivalent) is recommended.
  • All official documents must be submitted in English or French, or with a certified translation. 

 

English language test

Students must demonstrate sufficient English fluency. If English is not your first language, we require that you submit one of the following tests and that the results be not more than two years old.

To schedule a test in your area, please contact one of these language test organizations:

  • TOEFL : To have your results sent directly to The American University of Paris, use our institutional code 0866.
  • TOEIC : To have your results sent directly to The American University of Paris, use our institutional code 0866.
  • IELTS : Academic Option

The English language test requirement is waived if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have been living in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the Unites States where you have recently studied in an all-English curriculum for at least two consecutive years.
  • You are only taking the French Immersion program.
  • You have studied for at least four years in an all-English curriculum in any other country.

We reserve the right to request English test results from any applicant.

 

Standardized tests

Standardized tests, such as the GREGMAT, or LSAT are required for admission to most of the graduate programs at The American University of Paris.

Exemptions from the GRE requirement are given to students from non-American universities and institutions, applicants with an M.A. degree, and mid-career applicants with a minimum of five years professional experience following graduation.

Global Communications—GRE optional
International Affairs—GRE required
International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development—GRE required
Diplomacy and International Law—GRE or LSAT* required 
International Management—GRE or GMAT recommended

*Request that an unofficial LSAT score report be sent in a sealed envelope to your current mailing address. Send the report, unopened, to the AUP Admissions Office.

 

Program-specific requirements

If your program is not indicated here, there are no further requirements. Please note that all official documents must be submitted in English or French, or with a certified translation.

International Affairs

  • Thesis Proposal: Please outline (500-word maximum) a proposed research topic including at least five peer-reviewed sources that inform your choice, as well as a suggested framework for your field research. A clear analytical argument supporting your working hypothesis is required.

International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development

  • Thesis Proposal: Please outline (500-word maximum) a proposed research topic including at least five peer-reviewed sources that inform your choice, as well as a suggested framework for your field research. A clear analytical argument supporting your working hypothesis is required.
  • This is a two-year bilingual program with the Sorbonne. Applicants must submit one of the following French proficiency test results: DELF B2 or TCF French. Both examinations are administered by Alliance Française centers throughout the world.

Diplomacy and International Law

  • Essay: In a concise 1000-word essay, please provide us with an example of when you might have been called upon to ‘think outside of the box’ in your academic, professional or personal life. We are particularly interested in why this example was important to you.