Master Master of Public Affairs Scholarships

at Paris Institute of Political Studies in France

Application to the MPA at Sciences Po is done on the basis of a written application only (submitted through our online application form). Applications for 2012 are currently open. Candidates may apply to only one session per academic year.

Application deadlines for entry in September 2012

For Eiffel Scholarship consideration: November 22, 2011

For Sciences Po scholarship consideration: March 13, 2012

For no scholarship consideration: April 5, 2012

This is a rolling admissions period. Admissions will continue only until places are filled and may close before April

Application Form

The online application form can be found here

Selection Criteria

As the MPA is designed for young professionals, previous work experience is one of the requirements for entry into the program. Students generally have between 2 and 10 years of professional experience at the time of application. Each year, the Selection Committee makes some exceptions to the minimum 2 years’ rule for candidates with particularly outstanding academic records, internships or other activities which show clear motivation, and very strong potential. Nevertheless, all applicants must at the time of application already be in possession of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

English Proficiency

The MPA program is taught entirely in English at native-speaker proficiency. Candidates who a) are not native speakers, or b) do not hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s level degree from an institution whose medium of instruction is English, must submit results of either the TOEFL (minimum recommended scores of 107-IBT, 263-computer-based, 627 paper-based) or IELTS (minimum recommended score of 7) at the time of application. In some exceptional cases, candidates whose results are very close to the recommended score may be admitted if the strength of their application is found to be compensatory. To send your TOEFL scores, the Sciences Po institution code is 0695 (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris). No department code is needed.

For details on testing procedures, please consult the TOEFL or the IELTS web sites.

Other Application Requirements

Candidates must pay a non-refundable application fee of 80 €.

They must attach to their application form:

  • two academic and two professional references (online system)
  • a personal statement (submitted in the application form) in English
  • a current curriculum vitae in English
  • all official transcripts of your years spent in higher education. Transcripts in languages other than French, English, Spanish and German must be translated in English
  • proof of English language proficiency (if required in your case).


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