Admissions Requirements

The dual degree program in International Relations (IR) and Public Relations (PR) accepts applications for summer semester entry only. The deadline for admission to the program is January 15 for full financial award consideration.

Admission to the dual IR/PR degree program is highly competitive. To be considered for admission, applicants must present:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official records/transcripts of academic performance
  • Official scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • A resume or curriculum vitae

In addition, the applicant’s motivation, professional experience, and academic preparation in economics and foreign language study will be considered in the selection process. Intermediate proficiency in a foreign language is an exit requirement for the MA in International Relations. The large majority of our students demonstrate this background upon entry to the dual degree program.

 GRE and TOEFL Requirements

The following additional requirement pertains to all applicants from countries in which English is NOT an official language:

  • Applicants are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

We establish no profile in terms of GRE or TOEFL scores, or GPA. Our students apply from all over the world and from all walks of life -right after college, mid-career, second career, different career, etc. Your application is examined as a whole; each part is equally important.

The Syracuse University code for GRE and TOEFL score reporting is 2823 (same code works for all programs, in case you are interested in applying to more than one).

If you have any questions about application procedures, feel free to contact us.

For more information on financial aid, please refer to websites of the Maxwell School and the Newhouse School