1. The minimum requirement for admission into the master’s program is a four year undergraduate degree in a discipline related to international affairs. Related disciplines can come from a variety of program such as international affairs, economics, law, political science, humanities, history and other social sciences.
  2. Under current practice, at least a high honours standing (B+ minimum) is normally required to be considered for admission to the program.   In some circumstances, students may be required to submit GRE scores.
  3. Students admitted to the NPSIA M.A. program must have successfully completed a 1.0 credit (or the equivalent) standard first year course in introductory economics (introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics for economics majors) before starting the program.  If in doubt, please contact the School for more information on this requirement, as not all economics courses or grades are accepted. Students who have not completed of the introductory economics requirement at the time of their application will have their admission into the program made conditional upon its successful completion prior to registration.
  4. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs requires applicants whose native tongue is not English to be tested for proficiency in English.  NPSIA applicants must submit a CAEL Assessment™ score of a minimum of 70 or a TOEFL score of 250 computer-based or 100 iBT (minimum score of 25 in each of reading, writing, speaking and listening).

In some cases where the student is deemed by the admissions committee to have an insufficient background in international affairs they may be required to complete up to two additional courses as part of their M.A. program. Students who are uncertain about whether they meet the background requirements are encouraged to contact the School of International Affairs.