Applicants must have earned a first degree in social sciences or humanities from a recognised university or institution of higher education, or provide documentation indicating that they will earn their first degree from such an institution by the time of enrolling at the Centre for Social Studies (CSS) of GSSR.
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. Those applicants whose first language is not English must submit standardised English language test scores (see the table of accepted tests below). Students who have taken the TOEFL or IELTS should request a copy of their results to be sent directly to the CSS Admissions Office. The TOEFL institution code for the CSS is 7962.
Minimum Score Required
|(TOEFL) Test of English as a Foreign Language (internet-based)||
|(IELTS) International English Language Test||
|(CAE) Cambridge Advanced English Test||
|(CPT) Cambridge Proficiency Test||
Exceptions from the Language Requirements
Non-native applicants who have obtained their first degree from an English-medium university in a country where English is one of the official languages may be exempt from the language testing requirements.
The CSS reserves the right to request evidence of English language proficiency
How to Apply
The following are Required:
On-line Application Form
Candidates to CSS must submit an on-line application form: [Apply on-line]. All additional documents required should be sent as attachments (scans, pdf etc). We will of course need to see the originals of diplomas , transcripts etc if you are accepted to the programme.
Candidates applying for more than one programme simultaneously are required to rank them in order of preference on the application form.
A submitted on-line application form without the required attachments does not constitute a complete application and will not be processed.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation assessing their ability to conduct graduate-level work and their potential for a successful academic or professional career. Referees are requested to complete these letters in English or, if written in another language, to attach an English language translation. When completed, each letter of recommendation (with translation, where needed) should be sealed in an envelope, with the referee’s signature across the seal, and be mailed directly to the CSS Admissions Office (or sent directly as an e-mail attachment from the email address of the person providing the recommendation).
The letter of recommendation form can be downloaded from here:
Statement of Purpose
Applicants must submit a maximum 200-word statement of purpose (a part of the application form) describing their personal aim and ambitions.
Applicants to the MA programme must provide a short (600-1000 words) outline of their proposed research topic for the MA dissertation, which will be weighted heavily in the admissions decision. The topic is expected to fall within the broad thematic focus of the Centre as described above, and should be delimited and set out with the greatest possible clarity. This document should be enclosed with the application documents package.
Transcript of Academic Records
For applicants who have already obtained a first degree
A copy of the diploma in the original language with an ink stamp and a signature of a notary public or an authorised university official;
- An official English language translation of the diploma with an ink stamp and a signature by an official of the translating company or an authorised university official;
- A copy of the full transcript* in the original language with an ink stamp and a signature of a notary public or an authorised university official;
- An official English language translation of the transcript* with an ink stamp and a signature of the translating company or an authorised university official.
Applicants who hold an official transcript, issued by their university in the English language, which contains a statement about the degree obtained, including the date of graduation and title of the academic degree awarded, are exempt from the requirement to submit an official copy of their diploma in the original language.
For applicants who are completing their first degree
If the official document is not in English or in Polish applicants must submit:
If the applicant is enrolled in the final year of his/her academic programme, an official letter in English with an ink stamp from the university, stating that the student is expected to complete his/her course of study before October of the current academic year, and an up-to-date academic transcript* in the original language and translation as explained in points 3 and 4 above.
*A copy of an official record of the work of a student which shows courses taken and grades achieved.
CV or Resume
A full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.
English Test Score Certificate
This is defined as an official score report from one of the English language examinations listed under Language Requirements.
Two Passport Sized Photographs
Application for Financial Aid
The Application for Financial Aid is part of the general application form
Application for CSS Stipend
The Application for CSS Stipend is part of the general application form
Deadlines for study in 2017-18
Deadlines to begin study in October 2017
Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.
You may apply at any time, but when deciding when to do so, please bear in mind that potential sources of funding for your studies do have specific deadlines.
Candidates who plan to apply for study grants from governmental sources, foundations or organizations (eg Visegrad Fund In-coming scholarships that have a January application deadline) should submit their application to the School in good time, and every effort will be made to inform these candidates about their admission status within the time frames needed for them to apply for such grants. Such applicants may also apply for financial aid from the School, (provided they do so by the deadline below) but they will be informed about their School financial aid status only in June/July after the competitive review of all other candidates has been completed (see also the How to apply section above).
Applications with requests for financial aid (tuition fee waivers etc) from the School itself:
These cannot be submitted after:
May 8, 2017
unless they are applications from citizens of Belarus, Ukraine or the Russian Federation. These must be submitted before September 29, 2017.
All other MA applications (ie without financial aid requests) will be considered when submitted, provided this is before :
September 29, 2017
- On-line Application Form
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
- Transcript of Academic Records
- CV or Resume
- English Test Score Certificate (if available)
- Two Passport Sized Photographs
The Admissions Process
Stage One: Evaluation of Application Documents
Upon receipt of all application materials the departmental selection committee evaluates candidates on the basis of their past academic performance, strength of recommendations, work experience and his/her future plans. Successful applications are invited to continue with the selection process.
Stage Two: Interviews
Applicants who pass the first stage of the admissions process are invited for a telephone or Skype interview (in case of international applicants) or for an interview at the CSS (in case of students who live/reside in Poland). The Admissions Office will contact the applicants to make the necessary arrangements.
Stage Three: Final Evaluation
Those applicants who have passed the first two stages of the admissions process are once again evaluated by a departmental selection committee before the final decisions of acceptance are made. Each applicant is considered on the basis of past academic achievement, strength of recommendations, English language competency, intellectual merit and general compatibility with the goals of the department.
The departmental selection committees may offer an applicant admission or decline admission.
Notification of Acceptance or Rejection
The CSS Admissions Office issues the official notification of acceptance or rejection.
Our institution does not discriminate on the basis of (including but not limited to) national or ethnic origin, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation in administering its admission and education policies, financial aid and other school-administered programmes.