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Graduate Admissions Requirements

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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 31

Please review our step-by-step application checklist and frequently asked questions.

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
Presidents Hall
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079

Email: [email protected]
Note: Seton Hall’s institution code is 2811.

Application Requirements
In general, our graduate application requirements include:

1.  A completed electronic/online application form, which should take approximately 10 minutes to complete by following these instructions:

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 recommenders/references - our system will automatically contact your recommenders with instructions on how to enter the 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 Bachelor's degree is required prior to application.

a.  Applicants who have studied at an institution outside of the U.S. or Canada are required to provide course-by-course evaluations by an independent credential evaluation agency. These agencies must be members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The evaluations must be sent to us directly by the issuing institution via mail or email. 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.

3.  Official test scores

a.    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) or Duolingo English Test.

b.    Our graduate application does not require GRE scores. However, M.A. applicants have the option to provide GRE/GMAT or LSAT scores in support of their application. 

4.  Employment Verification
Where applicable, applicants may be asked to provide official employment verification statements, which must be issued by an authorized employer representative to [email protected].  Employer statements must include information on your a) employment start date/end date, b) most recent titled held and c) 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:

We look forward to reviewing your application and accomplishments to date.