Admission to the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) program is based on a candidate's prior academic record, professional experience and foreign language proficiency. Candidates may apply for fall or spring admission.

Admission Requirements Overview

Language Proficiency

You have the opportunity to develop and integrate foreign language and intercultural communication skills within your degree program for professional purposes.

Native English Speakers

Your degree program will include at least 12 credits of advanced language courses. To ensure the greatest improvement in your second language ability, these 12 credits must be dedicated to a single language of study, unless you have 400-level or above proficiency.

You are expected to be at the following level by the time you begin the degree program:

Arabic, French or Spanish: At the 200-level, equivalent to second-year college level
You will have completed at least one recent academic year of beginning language coursework successfully. OR You will have completed one summer of intensive language course successfully before enrolling in your degree program.
Chinese, Japanese, Russian or any other language: At the 300-level, equivalent to third-year college level
You will have completed at least two recent academic years of language coursework successfully. OR You will have completed one recent academic year plus one summer of intensive language course successfully before enrolling in your degree program.


Please note that it is not the number of years of language study you have completed that determines your eligibility to enter our language program, but your ability to read, write, speak and listen in your language of choice at the time of enrollment. Your past academic coursework is not part of this requirement.

Non-Native English Speakers

We recognize that many of our international students come to the Institute with sophisticated language backgrounds. Terms like "native-speaker," "fluent," or "bilingual" often do not accurately reflect the rich backgrounds of our students.

If you did not receive your high school and/or college education in English, your Language of Study will be English. You will be asked to demonstrate English proficiency as part of the admission process.


You must provide evidence of English proficiency from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations. Scores are valid if you've taken the exam within the last two years.

Minimum TOEFL Scores Minimum IELTS Scores
  • Internet-based test: 79
  • Writing sub-score: 23

(No sub-scores below 19)

  • 6.5 Overall

(No Sub-score below 6.0)

Alumni of U.S. or U.K. Colleges and Universities

If you have completed your entire undergraduate program at a U.S. or U.K. college or university, you will not be required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS scores. These scores may also be waived on a case by case basis, if you have completed extensive academic work in English. Contact us to learn more >>

Test Your Language Proficiency

Diagnostic Test

Self-assess the level at which you read, write and understand your target language of study.

Placement Test

New students are required to complete an online language placement test prior to orientation week.

Standardized Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE scores are not required but are highly recommended. They may positively influence merit scholarship awards. Please use our four-digit institution code [4507] to send us your scores.

Accelerated & Advanced Entry

Applicants may qualify for advanced entry if they meet one or more of the following requirements: you have an advanced degree, significant coursework in nonproliferation and terrorism studies, and significant professional experience. We grant advanced entry students up to 24 academic credits based upon their qualifications.

Additionally, our students may qualify for accelerated entry if they have past graduate coursework in related fields. You may transfer up to 25% of total degree program credits from an accredited college or university and, therefore, complete your degree in three semesters.