UNC Degree Option

Before an application will be evaluated, it must be complete and meet the requirements below. Applicants are responsible for directing the materials appropriately according to the instructions provided. If you have any questions, please contact the TAM Office for clarification.

A complete application includes the following documents, which can be mailed or submitted online.

Please note that these directions apply to the UNC-degree TAM option.

If you wish to pursue a UNC MA degree, most application materials will be  be submitted directly to the Graduate School at UNC Chapel Hill via their online submissions process.

  1. Graduate School Application
    UNC Graduate School application: Please fill out the form as an application for the TransAtlantic Masters Program - UNC M.A. in Political Science.
  2. Transcripts
    You may upload these to the Graduate School's site and mail the originals to the Graduate School upon acceptance.
  3. GRE Scores
    Official GRE General Test scores are required for all applicants pursuing a UNC-Chapel Hill M.A. degree. Plan to take the GRE by mid-December to be considered for fall admission. (UNC's ETS Institutional Code is R5816). While photocopies of score reports are useful for informal evaluation, the official report of your score must arrive before admission can be offered. Information on exam registration and score distribution requests is available via ETS at http://www.gre.org.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS
    All international applicants, except those from countries where English is the official language of instruction OR those who have received a degree from a university in the United States (excluding trust territories) must submit an acceptable, official (reported directly from ETS) TOEFL or IELTS score. These scores are reportable for a period of two years from date of the exam. You should take the test no later than mid-December in order for the score to arrive by our deadline.
  5. Application Fee
    A non-refundable application fee is required for all applicants. This must be paid to the UNC-CH Graduate School in US dollars via credit card, a check drawn on a US bank account, or by money order. To find the current fee structure, please consult the UNC Graduate School.
  6. Letters of Recommendation
    Three (3) current letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications are required. You should request recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential who can address your potential for success in this particular academic setting.
  7. Statement of Purpose
    Provide a 500-word statement in English explaining your interest in the TransAtlantic Masters program and your research interests. Although this statement does not commit you to a particular topic or location for your thesis, it should indicate that you have given some thought to the structure of your study program
  8. Writing Sample
    Include a 10-page sample of your writing in English. This should be an academic essay, or a section of some larger academic work.
  9. CV A recent copy of your curriculum vitæ is also required.

The following items (10-13) should be submitted directly to the TAM office at UNC Chapel Hill unless you are prompted to submit them electronically to the Graduate School instead: TAM, Center for European Studies, Office 3208; FedEx Global Education Center; 301 Pittsboro Street; CB# 3449, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

  1. TAM Program Application
    The application may be downloaded at our application page.
  2. TAM Language Evaluation(s)
    This form should be completed for any languages which have been learned through study; however, if English is one of your non-native languages, a TOEFL score will suffice. The language evaluation should be conducted by a university or college faculty member, with the goal of confirming the student's ability to participate fully in university level coursework in that language. (If a student is a native speaker of one of the consortium languages, it is not necessary to complete this form.) Please note that this form is optional, but recommended, if you are applying for TAM's track II. Please note also that if you are applying to study at Sciences Po, you must also take the DALF or TCF. Download the foreign language evaluation form.
  3. Financial Certificate (Only applies to non-residents of the U.S.)
    In order to meet U.S. immigration requirements for entry into the United States, proof of sufficient financial resources to cover educational and living expenses for the duration of your program must be in place before visa documents can be issued. A completed Financial Certificate outlining financial support available to you, along with original evidence of the amounts indicated (bank statements, scholarship letters, etc.), must be submitted along with your application for admission. This form is also required for international students currently residing in the United States. The University does not have special travel or study scholarships for international students.

    All supporting documentation submitted with these financial certificates MUST be written in English, in US dollar amounts, and in triplicate. No exceptions can be made to this rule, and your application cannot be considered until these forms are completed.

    The form may be downloaded here in PDF format.


Special information for non-residents of the U.S.

Financial Certificate

Completion of the financial certificate must follow all regulations exactly. Please contact the TAM office at UNC with questions as you complete the forms and assemble supporting documentation. All supporting documentation must (1) bear the name of the student (2) be written in English and US dollars (3) be submitted in triplicate; photocopies cannot be accepted. Further information concerning visa, US Immigration, or financial certificate matters can be obtained from the UNC Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

Download the financial certificate here in PDF format.

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