M.A./Ph.D Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for BOTH programs must be met in order to be considered for admittance. All applicants for graduate study at FIU must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution for higher education, or equivalent degree from a foreign institution.

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements before applying to the Joint Degree Program of Asian Studies MA/PhD in International Relations:

  • 3.2 undergraduate GPA (Note: FIU requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credits).
  • 3.5 minimum GPA for all combined graduate work (indicating that students within the joint degree program must maintain a 3.5 GPA within the MA portion of the program in order to be able to continue their studies in the PhD)
  • A combined score of 298 on the GRE (approximately 1120 on the old scoring systems)

The following material is also required to complete the application

  • Complete FIU Graduate School online application, including the non-refundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts from all the universities attended (Note: official certified translations are required for foreign transcripts, where the language is not English).
  • Official copy of the GRE scores.
  • Official copy of the TOEFL (if applicable).
  • Three letters of recommendation from college or university professors.
  • Statement of purpose (2-3 pages in length explaining research interests and rationale for pursuing Joint Graduate Degree).
  • Complete the Supplemental Application Form for the PhD in International Relations.

In addition, international students must submit

  • Official TOEFL scores (Note: unofficial scores will not be taken into consideration)
    • Paper and Pencil: 575
    • Computer-based: 232
    • Internet-based(iBT): 90
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances form
  • Bank Letter
  • Sponsor Letter

NOTE: International Students should visit International Student and Scholar Services at http://isss.fiu.edu/

Send the application material as indicated below

Graduate Admissions Office

Florida International University
PC 231, Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

  • Official Transcripts
  • Official certified translation of foreign transcripts, where the language is not English
  • Official GRE scores (FIU code: 5206)
  • Official TOEFL score (FIU code: 5206)
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances Form
  • Bank letter
  • Sponsor letter

International Relations Program

Florida International University
SIPA 410, Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

  • A copy of ALL material sent to the Graduate Admissions Office
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Supplemental Application Form for PhD in International Relations

Asian Studies

Florida International University
SIPA 505, Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (indicating pursuit of Joint Degree Program)

All application materials once processed by Graduate Admissions and received by both programs will be evaluated by BOTH the Asian Studies Graduate Admissions Committee the Politics and International Relations Graduate Committee.

  • The Asian Studies Graduate Director is Dr. Oren Stier, stiero@fiu.edu
  • The International Relations Interim Graduate Director is Dr. Markus Thiel, thielm@fiu.edu