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Graduate Admissions & Financial Aid

Admissions and Financial Aid Criteria
For the MEEP, the successful candidate for admission must have an undergraduate GPA above 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). A combined GRE score above 1050 (math and verbal portions) is normally expected, with a 500 or higher score on the verbal portion preferred.

Admission to the Ph.D./ENEP requires a master’s degree with at least a 3.5 GPA. A combined GRE score above 1150 (math and verbal portions) is normally expected, with a 500 or higher score on the verbal portion preferred.

Complete applications for the two graduate programs contain three letters of recommendation, a 1,000-word statement of the applicant’s research interest, academic transcript(s), and GRE scores.

For students whose first language is not English, a demonstrated proficiency in English is required. This may be judged on the basis of a TOEFL score. Competitive applicants normally have TOEFL scores above 550 for the two master’s programs and 600 for the two Ph.D. programs. Most students are admitted for the fall semester.

All financial aid is in the form of research assistantships in which students collaborate with Center faculty on projects sponsored by international, national, and local agencies and organizations. Students receiving assistantships are expected to contribute 20 hours per week to their research assignments, in addition to their course studies. Financial aid is awarded on a competitive basis. Normally, master’s students who are selected for financial aid receive support for 1 year; Ph.D. students are typically supported for 3-4 years. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Center’s research programs and to prepare proposals. Applicants are advised that areas in which the Center and its faculty and students are active receive priority consideration in admission deliberations.

The deadline for applications to the ENEP programs is February 15. A completed admission application and all credentials must be submitted by the program deadline to guarantee consideration for financial aid.

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