Application Process

AUP’s graduate programs welcome applications from motivated, high-caliber individuals who feel they will thrive in AUP’s international and dynamic environment. When assessing applications, we take a holistic approach to identifying the next cohort of students, considering education, experience and general fit with AUP values and curriculum.

Our application process is simple and straightforward: students submit their information, send us their supporting documents, and receive their admission decision within three weeks. Once accepted, students will receive comprehensive information on the AUP Status Page. These resources will help each student prepare for AUP and arrival in France. 

We review completed applications in rounds throughout the year. We encourage you to apply early: priority for admission and financial aid is given to those who apply in the earlier rounds. See full deadline details below.

 

Step 1: Create Account

You can start your application process by creating an account on AUP’s Application Portal. You will be able to return to this page to finish and review your application prior to submission as often as you like. 

 

Step 2: Complete Form & Upload Documents

Online Form

Each graduate program has its own application via the AUP Application Portal. You may only apply to one program. 

The form will ask you to complete various details including contact details, background information and educational history. Your application will also require several supporting documents which can be uploaded directly in your online application in .pdf or .doc formats.

Transcripts

We require official transcripts covering all previous university coursework, including confirmation of an awarded bachelor’s degree or equivalent.  All official documents must be submitted in English or French, or with a certified translation into one of these two languages. We recommend your transcripts demonstrate a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (or equivalent). 

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit a 500-word personal statement describing their reasons for applying to the program of their choice, drawing on relevant past undergraduate research or professional experience, as well as your career objectives.  

Program Specific Items

Standardized tests, such as the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT are required for admission to some of the graduate programs at The American University of Paris and are listed below.  Exemptions from this requirement are given to students from non-American universities and institutions, applicants with an M.A. degree, and mid-career applicants with a minimum of five years of professional experience following graduation. 

    • Standardized Test: GRE Optional.

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    • Standardized Test: GRE Optional.
    • Essay: Describe an hypothetical academic project that you could undertake during your master studies. Elaborate on how this project integrates data science and human rights protection aspects. Explain why you are interested in the project and whether you think it would contribute to your future academic or career plans, or it would simply address a theme you are curious to explore. Note that this is a purely hypothetical exercise, you will not be expected to work on the project during the program.

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    • Standardized Test: GRE Required.
    • Thesis Proposal: Please outline (500-word maximum) a proposed research topic including at least five peer-reviewed sources that inform your choice, as well as a suggested framework for your field research. A clear analytical argument supporting your working hypothesis is required.

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    • Standardized Test: GRE or LSAT required.
    • Essay: In a concise 1000-word essay, please provide us with an example of when you might have been called upon to ‘think outside of the box’ in your academic, professional or personal life. We are particularly interested in why this example was important to you.

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    • Standardized Test: GRE or GMAT recommended.
    • Essay: In 500-words or less, describe your personal and professional objectives and how you anticipate that the International Management program at AUP will help you to achieve these objectives.
    • Writing Sample: Submit a short assignment or professional writing sample of 500-words or less that shows work that you are particularly proud of or that speaks to your beliefs or values in some way.

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    • Standardized Test: GRE Optional.

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CV / Resume

Applicants should submit a C.V. or resumé including university and/or employment history; community involvement; professional, and/or university extracurricular activities; and recognitions and achievements. 

Letters of Recommendation

We require two letters of recommendation from individuals well-qualified to provide us with first-hand knowledge about your potential for graduate study, with at least one letter from a university professor if you graduated in the last five years. 

Veteran & Military Applicants: One of your letters of recommendation should ideally come from a Commanding Officer.

When you have entered the contact details for your recommenders to your application, AUP will approach them for their recommendation.  

English

Students must demonstrate sufficient fluency in English. If English is not your first language, we require you to submit results less than two years old from one of the following tests: 

  • TOEFL - Internet Based Test (ibT) minimum score: 101. To have your results sent directly to The American University of Paris, use our institutional code 0866.
  • Cambridge English - Advanced, or Proficiency level, minimum score: 185.
  • TOEIC - Listening and Reading, minimum score 910. To have your results sent directly to The American University of Paris, use our institutional code 0866.
  • IELTS - Academic Option, minimum score 7.0.  

The English language test requirement is waived if you meet one of the following criteria: 

  • You have been living in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States for at least two consecutive years and have recently studied in an all-English curriculum.
  • You have studied for at least four years in an all-English curriculum in any other country, although we continue to reserve the right to request English test results from any applicant.

We reserve the right to request English test results from any applicant.

 

Step 3: Submit & Pay 

When you have completed your application, you will be asked to review the application and confirm that you are satisfied with the application before final submission. There is a non-refundable €75 processing fee to be paid at this point.

 

Step 4: Review

When AUP has received all of the documents (including responses from your recommenders), the Admissions Committee will review your application. In some cases the committee may come back to you for additional information. A review takes approximately four weeks from when the final documents are received.

 

Step 5: Decision (in Portal) 

When the Admissions Committee has reached its decision, an email will be sent to the address provided asking you to log-on to the Application Portal to view the decision. 

Deadlines

We review completed applications in rounds throughout the year. We encourage you to apply early: priority for admission and financial aid is given to those who apply in the earlier rounds.

Fall Admission

Review RoundsApplication Round Deadline
Priority Admissionby February 1st
Regular Admissionby March 31st
Late or International Regular admissionafter April 1st (based on available spaces)

 

Spring Admission

Review RoundsApplication Round Deadline
Priority Admissionby September 15th
Regular Admissionafter September 15th (based on available spaces)