Master of Arts in International Affairs

Master Of Arts in International Affairs Degree Program

The MA seeks a diverse and multicultural pool of applicants eager to pursue rigorous graduate study in an international environment while benefitting from the many opportunities for intellectual and professional growth available in Rome.  Applications are welcome from holders of an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Students are encouraged to have completed some coursework in political science and international affairs as part of their undergraduate degree and the equivalent of at least one year of university-level coursework in a foreign language. Applicants from different or interdisciplinary backgrounds and a strong academic record are also welcome to apply to the degree program. Seminars and courses are conducted in English and admittance to the program requires a high-level proficiency in the English language, both spoken and written. 


Admission is based on a review of the following items:

  • A completed application form;
  • A personal statement of 600 words detailing your reasons for interest in the program;
  • A writing sample or excerpt (circa 1500 words) which highlights your academic level of English; 
  • A CV/Resume
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary (undergraduate and graduate) study undertaken to date. Transcripts not in English or Italian must be accompanied by a certified English translation;
  • Proof of completion of a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent at an accredited university, if not attested in the official transcripts*;
  • GRE scores - optional, but strongly recommended for applicants wishing to be considered for funding. Our GRE code is 7772;
  • Three letters of reference from professors evaluating your academic work and appropriateness for graduate study;
  • English proficiency: applicants who are not native speakers of English and have not studied at an English-speaking institution of higher education for at least two years are required to submit proof of English proficiency in the form of official letter from the institution at which the applicant holds a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) attesting that English was the principal language of instruction for the degree; or scores on one of the following English language proficiency tests. 

*Students graduating with a BA in the spring will be required to submit their final transcripts and diploma prior to the start of the program. 

English language proficiency tests accepted Minimum score required 
IELTS - Academic 7.0 in each subtest
C1 Advanced (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) 185
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic version)  70

A 50 dollar/50 euro non-refundable application fee is required for the processing of the application. The application fee is waived for current John Cabot University students and alumni. Please note that only U.S. and Canadian citizens may pay in dollars. Payment options

Where to send your application materials
All elements of the application are to be submitted via email to [email protected]. Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and standardized exam scores (IELTS, GRE, etc.) must be emailed directly by the granting institution, professor, or examining board. Admission is competitive. For an application to be considered, all required materials must be received by published deadline.  


Deadline Name Application Deadline Notification Date Deposit Deadline Full Payment Deadline
Early Action February 1 February 15 May 1 July 15
Regular Decision March 15 April 3 May 1 July 15
Late Decision I * May 1 Rolling admission Upon acceptance July 15
Late Decision II ** June 30 Rolling admission Upon acceptance July 15

* last deadline for students who need JCU housing and/or a study visa
** only available to students who do not require a study visa

For further questions about the MA program or application process please sign up for one of our webinars or contact: [email protected].