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International Policy

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Stanford, CA 94305-6055
Phone: 
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Degrees for a Program

Application Deadline with Aid Application Deadline without Aid
MA January 12, 2021 January 12, 2021

Prerequisite Courses: International Policy has a quantitatively rigorous core curriculum and requires prerequisite coursework in introductory macroeconomics and introductory microeconomics at the University level. In addition, while not required, we strongly encourage you to complete an introductory course in statistics. For details on the content each prerequisite course should cover, please visit our website's FAQ page. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of classes in late September, however they do not need to be completed at the time of application.
Academic Writing Sample: 7-15 pages; in English; double spaced. The writing sample should be analytical and related to international policy. A piece of analytical writing in another field is acceptable, however. If the sample is longer than 15 pages, please select a section for submission.
Resume/Curriculum Vitae required.
GRE general test scores are recommended but not required for 2021-22 applicants.