Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of International Affairs program, all applicants must have:

  • a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or
  • a postsecondary degree equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.

The Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) program requires no specific undergraduate degree or course work. Admissions decisions are based on a holistic review of graduate applications. In review of applicants, emphasis is placed on the undergraduate academic record/GPA, professional, work, and volunteer experiences, letters of recommendations, the statement of purpose, TOEFL (if applicable), GRE (if submitted), and other information submitted by the applicant. Read our full admissions policy for more information.

Applicants interested in the Joint Degree in Law and International Affairs (J.D./M.I.A.) must follow separate admissions procedures; for more information, visit our J.D./M.I.A. webpage or email admissions@sia.psu.edu.

The School of International Affairs is an affiliate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.