How to Apply

How to Apply

Admission to the program will be competitive based on the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (or international equivalent) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Experience in human rights (research, internship, work, volunteerism)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview upon request
  • The GRE is required for all applicants except under the following circumstances:
    • The applicant is a graduate of a related major at John Jay with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
    • The applicant has 7+ years of related professional experience and has demonstrated significant professional accomplishments.
    • The applicant is a foreign student, defined as a student who is enrolled in an institution of higher education who is not a U.S. citizen, immigrant, or refugee. Foreign students do not have long-term or permanent residence.


Applicants whose first language is not English and who were educated in a country where English is not the official language must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 


For any questions regarding the admissions process, contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions