Application Process

Admission to the MA program in European Studies


Application deadline: May 1st for matriculation the following fall

  1. Click here to access all relevant information about the on-line application process.

  2. Click here to initiate an on-line application and create an account in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions System

  3. Click here to see GSAS admission requirements

Applicant materials include:

  • Application for admission
  • A statement of purpose
  • A writing sample (in English), preferably on a Europe-related topic
    • The writing sample should be a course paper or other essay that demonstrates the student’s ability to frame a scholarly argument, discuss writings by others, and develop and support ideas with appropriate examples
  • Standardized test scores
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), for international students
  • Transcripts (from each postsecondary institution attended)
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of two)
  • Application for Virginia In-State Educational Privileges (if applicable)
  • Application Fee

Among the qualifications expected of applicants are:

  • Must hold a B.A. or equivalent from an accredited university in the United States or abroad; or fufill requirements for BA/MA enrollment (For more information contact Professor Janet Horne, Director of European Studies, )
  • A minimum GPA of 3.2 in undergraduate coursework
  • GRE scores commensurate with historical averages in GSAS (approximately 1310 and for admitted students 1390)
  • A minimum TOEFL score (all international students must submit TOEFL scores in addition to GRE scores)
    • 90 for the internet-based TOEFL (with section minimums of 22 in speaking, 22 in writing, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening).
    • 600 for the paper-based TOEFL; an IELTS score of 7.0 is also acceptable.

Financial Aid

For information about tuition, fees, and financial aid, please see During their required semester of study abroad, each student will be granted a $2,500 research and travel stipend. A very limited number of Teaching Assistantships may be available for students enrolled in the European Studies MA Program.

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