Note: Admission to the Graduate School at AUR is on a competitive and rolling basis. Applications for the following year will be accepted starting in September. Non-EU/EEA citizens/residents please read below for more information about the student visa process.


Applying as a full-time student: overview

We accept applications from individuals across the globe to undertake full-time study at the Graduate School of The American University of Rome.

Application Fee (non-refundable)*

  • 50 Euros for citizens and permanent residents of countries other than the United States or Canada.
  • 50 US Dollars for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

Checklist of required documents

  • A completed online application form 

  • Official university transcripts from all institutions attended. Applicants must have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • A motivation letter (minimum 700 words) that explains your career goals and interest in the relevant M.A. program 

  • At least one academic letter of recommendation (from an academic advisor or professor at the undergraduate/graduate level), and one professional letter of recommendation (applicants in the workforce for more than 5 years may submit two professional letters of recommendation)

  • A scan of the student's passport photo page or European Union ID

  • For students whose previous degrees were conducted in a language other than English: Official TOEFL results (minimum scores Paper-based: 637, Computer-based: 270 and Internet-based: 110) or IELTS Academic (minimum score 7) or DuoLingo English Test results (minimum score 130). An academic writing sample is strongly recommended to demonstrate the candidate's mastery of the language and critical thinking skills.

     

Applying as a part-time student: overview

Students who live locally or do not require a Visa and Permesso di Soggiorno may apply for half-time status.

Application Fee (non-refundable)*

  • 50 Euros for citizens and permanent residents of countries other than the United States or Canada.
  • 50 US Dollars for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

Checklist of required documents

  • A completed online application form 

  • Official university transcripts from all institutions attended. Applicants must have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • A motivation letter (minimum 700 words) that explains your career goals and interest in the relevant M.A. program 

  • At least one academic letter of recommendation (from an academic advisor or professor at the undergraduate/graduate level), and one professional letter of recommendation (applicants in the workforce for more than 5 years may submit two professional letters of recommendation)

  • A scan of the student's passport photo page or European Union ID

  • For students whose previous degrees were conducted in a language other than English: Official TOEFL results (minimum scores Paper-based: 637, Computer-based: 270 and Internet-based: 110) or IELTS Academic (minimum score 7) or DuoLingo English Test results (minimum score 130). An academic writing sample is strongly recommended to demonstrate the candidate's mastery of the language and critical thinking skills.

   

Applying as a visiting (non-matriculating student): overview

Students who live locally or do not require a Visa and Permesso di Soggiorno may apply for Visiting Student status, taking individual courses for credit. For information on the cost of credits, please see refer to our tuition and fees for U.S./Canadian students and students that are non-U.S./Canada.

Application Fee (non-refundable)*

  • 50 Euros for citizens and permanent residents of countries other than the United States or Canada.
  • 50 US Dollars for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

Checklist of required documents for visiting students

  • A completed online application form 
  • Official university transcripts from all institutions attended. Applicants must have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A motivation letter (minimum 300 words) that explains your interest in the particular course(s) of your choice.
  • A scan of the student's passport photo page or European Union ID
  • For students whose previous degrees were conducted in a language other than English: Official TOEFL results (minimum scores Paper-based: 637, Computer-based: 270 and Internet-based: 110) or IELTS Academic (minimum score 7) or DuoLingo English Test results (minimum score 130). 

Applying as an audit student: overview

Students who live locally or do not require a Visa and Permesso di Soggiorno may apply for Auditing Student status, attending classes but not completing coursework for credit. For information on the cost of auditing, please see refer to our tuition and fees for U.S./Canadian students and students that are non-U.S./Canada.

Application Fee (non-refundable)*

  • 50 Euros for citizens and permanent residents of countries other than the United States or Canada.
  • 50 US Dollars for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

Checklist of required documents

  • A completed online application form 

  • Proof of an undergraduate degree in the form of a transcript or diploma.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A motivation letter (minimum 300 words) that explains your interest in the particular course(s) of your choice.
  • A scan of the student's passport photo page or European Union ID
   

* The application fee covers the administrative cost of processing all applications received. It is not refundable under any circumstances. It is payable online. For U.S. Veterans, Peace Corps Volunteers, AUR students, and alumni the application fee will be waived - email gradschool@aur.edu to notify us of your eligibility.


Requirement for official documents

All admissions decisions are conditional on receiving official/original documents:

  • Official Final Transcripts must show the final GPA, a complete list of courses, and date/description of degree conferred. To be official, U.S. and Canadian transcripts must be delivered in a sealed envelope or via certified PDF. For students of international universities, official documents may be shown and photocopied in person.

  • Official ESL Test Scores must be sealed and sent by the test provider.

  • Letters of Reference: if scanned or sent by anyone other than the author, please provide an email address and telephone number where the referee can be reached.

Interviews

Personal interviews are required of all applicants. They may be conducted face-to-face, on the phone, or via video-conferencing. Upon completion of the application, students will be contacted by the Admissions Office to schedule an interview.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants without any significant professional experience may submit two academic letters of recommendation, while those who are returning to university from the workforce may submit two professional letters of recommendation instead. Professional letters are meant to demonstrate an applicant's maturity and work ethic. There is no requirement for applicants to have professional experience in their chosen field of study. 

GRE results

GRE results are not required for admission into AUR's M.A programs, however, test results are always welcome in addition to the documents listed above. They are recommended (but not required) for students applying for merit-based scholarships. Scores can be reported using the code 4029 (American U Rome).

Admissions Deadlines

The Graduate admission cycle is run on a rolling basis with five distinct application rounds. The earlier you apply, the earlier you receive an admissions decision and notification of your scholarship status, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For an application to be considered complete, the online application form and all supporting documents (including letters of recommendation) must be received by the relevant application deadline, otherwise the candidacy will be rolled over to the next round. The timeline of application and notification deadlines for all application rounds can be found here.

Student Visa 

Non-EU/EEA citizens and residents must apply for a student visa upon acceptance. The necessary documentation will be provided to each accepted student once the deposit has been paid. It is the student's responsibility to ensure the student visa is obtained before arriving in Italy. As it may take several weeks to obtain an appointment with the local Italian Consulate, we recommend that appointments be scheduled as soon as possible for a date no more than 90 days prior to arrival. Please contact your admissions counselor if any issues arise during the process.

Deferred Admission

A student who has been accepted to The American University of Rome but cannot enroll immediately may request a deferral. Students who wish to defer are required to pay the (non-refundable) tuition deposit of 500 Euros or 500 US Dollars. Enrollment can be deferred for up to one academic year, after which the student loses their deposit and must re-apply for admission to the University.


The University reserves the right not to run an M.A. program if it does not enroll sufficient numbers of students. Acceptance to an M.A. program does not automatically guarantee that the program will run.