The application portal for academic year 2023-2024 is now open. All supporting material - including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and writing samples – must be submitted electronically through the online portal.

CIR has two application deadlines - January 4 and May 2. While most of the incoming cohort will be admitted from the pool of applicants in January, the admissions committee continues to read applications and offer admission and aid on a limited basis to applications received by May 2.

If you are considering a joint or dual degree with CIR, please find further information within these pages and on the Division’s website here.

A one-year master’s degree is the terminal degree offered through CIR. CIR does not allow part-time enrollment. Students wishing to pursue a PhD with a focus on international relations should consult the Department of Political Science website for more information.

A finished application for the one-year CIR MA program should contain the following:

  • A completed online graduate application (available starting in September).
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions (unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions may be submitted electronically).
  • International applicants must meet the Division’s English language requirements, as outlined here.
  • A candidate statement exploring your motivations and preparation for undertaking graduate study in CIR specifically.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from academic writers familiar with your work as a student and/or supervisors familiar with your work as a researcher.
  • A double-spaced writing sample of 15 to 30 pages (ideally from a single seminar paper or senior thesis).
  • A non-refundable application fee of $90.

Admissions Events

Virtual Open House December 5th-9th for prospective students interested in learning more about each of the Social Sciences MA programs, how to apply, application tips, career services, and student support services. Click here to view a list of events and to register