Carnegie Mellon University
April 21, 2020

MSIRP application deadline extended until June 1, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

This year has been like no other, and the disruption of COVID-19 has been an obstacle around the world. We know that everyone has experienced this hardship in a unique way, and I hope that you and yours are healthy and safe and feel prepared for the challenges ahead.

I am writing today to inform you that Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) has reopened the application window for our Master of Science in International Relations and Politics (MS IRP) for the fall 2020 semester. In an effort to be as flexible as possible during this period of uncertainty, we will now be accepting applications through June 1, 2020.

You likely have students or advisees whose plans have been severely impacted or even cancelled due to the sudden shifts of the COVID-19 pandemic; the job market is uncertain, travel has been disrupted, and physical distancing has changed many students’ plans for personal development. If you know of talented individuals who may wish to respond to this crisis by pursuing a graduate education to examine and understand domestic and international government institutions and processes in the twenty-first century’s continuously changing global political structure, please share this information with them.

To help smooth the application process for those who may now be considering graduate school in 2020, we have made the GRE optional for any applicant who currently resides in the United States, regardless of citizenship or national origin.

The Institute for Politics and Strategy is uniquely situated as a university-wide institute at a top research university dedicated to interdisciplinary work. Our MS IRP program provides students with the resources they need to understand, navigate, and lead in our rapidly changing political landscape – something that is particularly true now more than ever.

While the unprecedented situation stemming from COVID-19 has been taxing, our entire community has risen to meet the moment. Our transition to 100% online instruction for the remainder of the academic year has been extremely successful from the viewpoint of both students and faculty, and we anticipate this remaining true through our upcoming summer semester, also to be held online. It is our intention to resume in-person instruction in the fall.

Let us be a resource to you during this time. Please let me or our IPS Deputy Director Emily Half know if you’d like to connect with us about our programs, the admissions process, scholarships, career services, or anything else as you discuss options with your advisees. The IPS staff continues to work remotely and are as dedicated as ever to serving our current students, prospective students, alumni, and partners. I look forward to speaking with you. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Kiron K. Skinner

Director and Taube Professor

Institute for Politics and Strategy

Carnegie Mellon University