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.
For the Fall 2021 admissions cycle, Global Studies is waiving the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) requirement for all applicants.
As part of the admissions process, students must submit the following documents:
- Transcript(s) of undergraduate work.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language scores (TOEFL, for applicants without a degree from an English-speaking institution, UNC Graduate School Institution Code: #5816)
- 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 Foreign Language Requirement statement at the bottom of this page)
The Fall 2021 Global Studies MA online application is now available and can be accessed through this link.
Applicants who wish to be considered for teaching assistantship and fellowship opportunities should apply by December 15th, 2020. All other applications should be submitted by the final deadline of February 9th, 2021.
All required and supplemental application materials should be uploaded via the online application and not sent to our program. Applications are only considered after all materials have been received and the application fee ($95.00) has been paid.
Foreign Language Requirement
We strongly believe that foreign language ability is an integral part of a global education. 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.