Admission to the Global Studies MA program is highly selective. An undergraduate degree from an appropriate college or university, or its international equivalent, is required. Students should have maintained at least a B grade average (cumulative 3.0 GPA) during their undergraduate career. Prior experience, academic or work-related, dealing with global issues will be an asset.

As part of the admissions process, students must submit the following documents:

  • Transcript of undergraduate work.
  • Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE, UNC Graduate School Institution Code: #5816)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, for applicants without a degree from an English-speaking institution) scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • A writing sample
  • Proficiency in a foreign language demonstrated through completion of three years of language courses at the university level (on university transcript) or through certification from the appropriate foreign language department at UNC-Chapel Hill. (Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis.)

See UNC’S Graduate School Admissions page for information on these requirements.

Online admission to our program is administered through UNC’s Graduate School. All supplemental items should be uploaded via the online application and not sent to our program. See Graduate Degree Program page (select Global Studies in the drop-down menu) for supplemental material requirements.

Applications are only considered after all materials have been received and the application fee ($85.00) has been paid.

The online application for Fall 2017 will open on August 15, 2016.

The admissions deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for fellowship and assistantship opportunities is December 13, 2016. The deadline for Fall 2017 admissions is February 14, 2017.

The Global Studies online application system is currently closed.  If you are interested in applying for Fall 2017 admission to the program, please contact Dr. Erica Johnson (ericaj@email.unc.edu).

Foreign Language Requirement

We strongly believe that foreign language ability is an integral part of a global education. Proficiency in a foreign language is required for admission. Students may demonstrate proficiency through completion of three years of language courses at the university level or through certification from the appropriate foreign language department at UNC-Chapel Hill. As appropriate to their chosen concentrations, students are encouraged to continue language study while pursuing the Global Studies MA.

We do, however, also expect to encounter very strong candidates for admission who might not have a specific need for a foreign language. For example, native-English speaking students interested in studying labor and migration issues in the United States, Great Britain, or any number of English language speaking places would not necessarily need a foreign language to conduct astute policy- and theoretically-relevant research. For this reason, we will allow the Global MA admissions committee to make exceptions to the language admissions requirement on a case-by-case basis.