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 Global Studies MA application for Fall 2018 has been reopened and will remain open until the final UNC Graduate School application deadline of June 12, 2018.
The Fall 2019 online application will open to potential students later this summer. The admissions deadline for Fall 2019 applicants who wish to be considered for fellowship and assistantship opportunities is December 11, 2018. The deadline for remaining Fall 2019 admissions is February 12, 2019.
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.