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  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 March 2016

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    MSSP graduates are prepared for policy leadership positions in government, philanthropic foundations, research institutes, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, and other related settings, through:

    • Understanding the world views, assumptions, and philosophies underlying all policy solutions;
    • Understanding how decisions about social policy issues are made, shaped and influenced at local, state, national and global levels;
    • Formulating a social reform agenda that is evidence-based and aims at improving the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of policy creation and implementation; and
    • Generating and considering a wide array of policy options to address social problems.

    The ten-course, ten-credit curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge base and analytical skills needed to participate in policy analysis, creation, and evaluation.


    • Policy: Analysis of Issues, Strategy and Process
    • Law and Social Policy
    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Research & Evaluation Design
    • Applied Linear Modeling
    • Economics for Social Policy
    • Capstone Seminar and Internship (I and II)

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Applicants must submit transcripts detailing all undergraduate and postgraduate study. This includes coursework conducted at an applicant’s degree-granting institutions(s) as well as in study abroad programs and at institutions out of which an applicant may have transferred.GRE Scores Application fee of $65MSSP application essayMSSP writing sample (preferably on a policy-related topic)Financial Plan formReferences (two academic and one employment)Resume English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 100
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