Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


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The Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development (IPED) seeks an entering class of approximately 25 students. Consistent with the mission statement of the university, we seek students from throughout the world with the required intellectual ability as well as with an enthusiasm for understanding and grappling with the political, economic, and social challenges of the current economic world order. We seek to admit and train students who will pursue international careers similar to the following: in the private sector as financial analysts or management consultants; in the public sector as economists and policy analysts; or in the non-profit sector as project managers with relief and development agencies or with human rights organizations.

Being part of a Jesuit University, we hope to assist in the professional development of individuals in business, government, and the non-profit sector who will bring to their professional lives a high regard for ethical and moral principles. As a small part of the 500 year Jesuit tradition, this program seeks to be a meeting ground between talented individuals from different cultures, faiths, and ideologies who, while seeking to improve their own professional possibilities, also hope to do so in a way that contributes to the common good.

All applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree with a B or better average. All applicants must also submit a statement of purpose; the general aptitude scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work; and three letters of recommendation. International applicants must also submit their score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The statement of purpose should indicate how the IPED curriculum will prepare you to reach your future career goals. The statement of purpose should also indicate if you are applying for any special fellowships (Arrupe, Global Markets, Public Service, Peace Corps).

To gain admission to the IPED Program applicants should score at or above 152 on the quantitative GRE, 156 on the verbal GRE and 4.0 on the analytical GRE.   For international students, TOEFL scores substitute for the verbal and analytical GRE scores, and the minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 100. For the last three years, the average GRE scores for matriculated students were 160 verbal, 157 quantitative, and 4.6 analytical.  The average cumulative undergraduate grade point average for our matriculated students were 3.48.  Previous professional work experience, which includes long-term volunteer service with organizations like the Peace Corps, is playing a larger role in the admissions process, especially for those who wish to specialize in international development studies.

Applicants who do not wish to be considered for university merit based financial aid may substitute LSAT scores or GMAT scores in place of the GRE. These individuals are still eligible for financial aid in the form of loans.

Admission decisions are based solely on merit without regard to citizenship, ethnicity, nationality, race, sex, orientation, or religion.

Updated 18 September 2014

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