Admissions & Application

MSSP Admissions Criteria

The following materials are required:

  • 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. Applicants should upload copies of their official transcripts (i.e. not screenshots from a student record or student grade system) that clearly displays their name, dates of enrollment, the names of all courses in which they enrolled, and the credits and grades awarded for each class. Applicants should not mail hard copies of transcripts to the School for purposes of application review.Applicants who are admitted are required to submit final, official copies of all transcripts prior to matriculation. Transcripts must provide confirmation of degrees conferred.

Attention International Applicants: Transcripts reflecting more than two semesters of study at institutions based outside of the United States must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a third-party evaluation service such as WES or Educational Perspectives, or another NACES accredited member. This applies even if the studies were conducted in English and even if the transcript is printed in English.

Applicants with these international transcripts should upload their university-issued transcripts into the online application and order their official, third-party evaluations sent to the School of Social Policy & Practice. Please note that these international transcripts cannot be considered official until they have been evaluated and that their respective applications cannot be reviewed until the evaluations have arrived in the Admissions Office.

  • Completion of a formal application for admission;
  • Bachelor’s degree and grade point average that reflects strong academic ability;
  • An application essay;
  • For international applicants whose first language is not English, TOEFL score (Institutional Code 2926; Department Code 95) or IELTS score taken in the last two years;
  • Application fee of $65 paid by credit card; if you apply by December 1st, the fee is reduced to $25;
  • A demonstrated interest in social policy, social justice, and/or social justice-oriented policy;
  • Three references (two academic and one employment or volunteer); and
  • A writing sample that demonstrates critical analysis of a social problem and policy issue (based on a prompt provided in the application). The response should be a maximum of 800 words, not including references.

MSSP+DA Admissions Criteria

Applications must be made directly to the MSSP+DA certificate program. No variation or extension in the MSSP+DA is possible.

MSSP-only applicants should not expect to be able to transfer into the MSSP+DA program; interested applicants should apply to the DA program directly.

The MSSP+DA admissions criteria are the same as the criteria for the standard MSSP program; however, MSSP+DA applicants are expected to have taken at least one statistical analysis course and/or done statistical analysis work prior to application. No prior coding or programming experience is necessary. The required application essay should address the applicant’s particular interest in Data Analytics.

Applicants to the MSSP+DA may be eligible for and accepted into the MSSP (alone) even if they are not accepted into the MSSP+DA.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by December 15th.

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