Graduate Admissions Requirements
Application Deadlines and Guidelines
The School of Diplomacy offers open enrollment with priority application deadlines as listed below. Priority scholarship consideration will be given based on these deadlines as well. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
|Fall Enrollment||1st Priority Deadline: February 20
2nd Priority Deadline: March 31
|Spring Enrollment||Priority Deadline: October 31st|
Please review our step-by-step application checklist and frequently asked questions here »
All official application supporting documents must be sent to Seton Hall University directly by the issuing institution/organization using the following contact information:
Seton Hall University
Office of Graduate Admissions
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
Note: Seton Hall’s institution code is 2811.
In general, our graduate application requirements include:
1. A completed electronic/online application form:
a. Attach a 1-page statement of purpose which will be considered as a writing sample.
b. Attach your most up to date resume or CV.
c. Enter the contact information for 2-3 recommenders/references - our system will automatically contact your recommenders with instructions on how to enter the letters (MA applicants must provide three letters of recommendation; graduate certificate and executive MS applicants must provide two letters).
d. Submit the completed online application and $75 processing fee (request for waivers will be considered on an individual basis – refer to the checklist document above).
2. Official academic transcripts from all current or previous institutions where you study/studied
a. Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States or Canada must undergo a course-by-course evaluation conducted by an independent credential evaluation agency. These agencies must be members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Students attending U.S. schools abroad or international schools following a U.S. or Canadian curriculum abroad, as well as partner or feeder schools, do not need to submit a credential evaluation. Other exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. However, if the credential evaluation is not waived by the Graduate Admissions Office, you must submit one. If you do not, your application for admission cannot be reviewed.
3. Official test scores
a. Applicants who speak English as a first/official language or studied at an institution where English is the primary language must provide either GRE or GMAT or LSAT scores (which can be extracted from Seton Hall Law applications). Test scores are not required for Executive M.S., graduate certificate applicants, and international applicants who submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (see note below).
Test requirements can be waived for: internal Seton Hall candidates with a 3.2 or higher GPA; applicants with an existing graduate degree (3.2 GPA or higher); candidates with at least five years of professional work experience (official verification from a human resource representative must be provided).
b. Applicants who speak English as a second language and did not study at an English-based institution must provide official scores attained on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
4. Employment Verification
Where applicable, applicants may be asked to provide official employment verification documents, which must be issued by an authorized employer representative. Employer statements must include information on your employment start date, end date, most recent titled held and official contact information of the representative issuing the statement. Executive M.S. applicants must demonstrate seven years of relevant professional work experience. A master's degree in a related subject area may be considered as a substitute for two years of experience.
5. Applicants may be asked to provide additional information or participate in an interview.
Application Review and Dual Degree Applicants
The Graduate Admissions Committee at the School of Diplomacy takes all elements of your application into consideration through a holistic approach. Once your application is complete, the Committee will review all of the admissions documents and make a decision within two weeks (in most cases). Applicants will be notified about the decision via e-mail and mail.
Applicants for our dual degree programs will be reviewed by each school/college at Seton Hall; admissions decisions are made independently of one another. JD/MA candidates must complete two applications: (1) JD application and (2) the online form portion of the MA application – all other official files will be extracted from the Law School once the Law application is complete – JD/MA candidates only pay one application fee (contact one of the schools for a fee waiver).
Do you have more questions? We encourage you to:
- Join our next graduate programs webinars here »
- Schedule a meeting with an admissions representative via firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 275.2514.
- Review our Frequently Asked Questions
We look forward to reviewing your application and accomplishments to date.