Admissions Overview

Admissions Requirements

Interested in applying to the ISS program? Here you'll find information about admissions requirements and an overview of required application materials. If you have further questions about the program in general, such as transfer credits, program accreditation, and what your diploma will read (online instruction/delivery is not mentioned!), please visit our FAQ page.

Master's Degree

All students must have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution before the first day of classes, and received a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Certificate Program

To be admitted into the certificate program, all students must have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution before the first day of classes. The GPA requirement for the certificate is a 2.75.  

Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Spring 2019 December 14, 2018
Summer 2019 April 1, 2019
Fall 2019 July 31, 2019

Application Materials Checklist

Graduate Application Form

The application form is available online through the Graduate College. If you wish to apply for the graduate certificate, please click on Certificates and find the ISS program. If you wish to pursue the MA program, please click on Master programs and find the ISS program. The application process is the same for the MA and the Certificate.

Transcripts and Resume

Students should request official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work, especially those institutions from which you have a degree. Please have these documents mailed to the SGPP office (address below). Please submit your resume describing relevant experiences, responsibilities and achievements. Students can submit the resume electronically to Ms Alma Urbina (

Send transcripts to: 

Ms. Alma Urbina
315 Social Sciences
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0027

Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should overview your future goals and career objectives, and how the ISS program will fit in with your future plans. The questions below will help you get started on this requirement.  You may attach it to your application or email it to Ms. Alma Urbina, at

  1. What are your career objectives?
  2. How have your undergraduate education and work experience contributed to your degree objectives?
  3. How will this graduate program help advance your career?
  4. Please provide any other information that you think will be helpful to the admissions committee. 

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