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École supérieure d’études internationales

Master of international studies



Students wishing to specialize in international relations must hold at least an undergraduate university degree (or equivalent for international students). Diplomas in all disciplines are accepted. Qualifying courses (a maximum of 21 credits) have been developed to facilitate the integration of students who have not studied political science, law, and/or economics.

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Selective admission

Meeting minimum eligibility conditions does not ensure automatic admission to the program. Our master’s program has limited openings for new students. For the current academic year that number has been capped at 55 for the three areas of specialization; 40 students will be accepted for the fall semester, and 15 for the winter semester.


Selection criteria

All applications are evaluated by HEI program administrators, assisted by a joint admissions committee made up of students and faculty. In making its selections, the committee seeks candidate diversity in keeping with the multidisciplinary nature of the program.

A number of criteria are considered when selecting applicants:

  • The student’s academic record: cumulative grade point average, progression in studies, and degree of continuity between previous coursework and the master’s program
  • Writing, analysis, and research skills
  • The applicant’s motivation and the fit between his or her interests and the content of the program
  • Relevant experience, e.g. professional and/or extracurricular activities
  • The candidate’s general knowledge and the overall quality of the application


Application deadlines

Canadian students

To begin school in

September 2017

Apply by

February 1, 2016

(if possible)

 January 2017

November 1, 2016

International students

September 2017

February 1, 2017

(if possible)

January 2017

September 1, 2016


Note that program administrators may continue to accept applications after the deadline, and that these applications will be kept on file depending on the number of openings that remain available. As such openings are limited, we strongly urge students to apply by the deadlines shown.

All applications for admission must be sent to the Université Laval Registrar’s Office. Please note that only complete applications will be considered.

The Registrar’s Office website lists the various documents that must be provided, depending on the applicant’s status.

Applications for admission to graduate programs must include, at a minimum:

  • The admission application form
  • The application fee for reviewing the application
  • A legible photocopy of your birth certificate
  • An official transcript of your university grades
  • Your C.V.
  • A cover letter explaining why you wish to attend the program
  • Three letters of recommendation

For more information about the admission procedure and the specific requirements that apply to HEI applicants, please read our FAQ (PDF (in french) ).


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