Application Instructions and Phases
Complete “Phase one (1)” application form (on this page)
Pay the application fee. The application fee is 10€ or $11.50
Once we receive your (a) Phase one (1) application; and (b) application fee we will notify you via the email address you provided in the application.
You will then be sent Phase two (2) of the MA Application. This phase is divided into the following four (4) parts:
(a) Submit: Resumé / CV Submission
(b) Submit: Research Abstract (two-pages in length)
(c) Pass an Interview (online or in person)
(d) Submit English Language Exam results if required
After the applicant completes Phase two (2) you will be informed about being accepted or not. This will normally take two weeks from the time you complete Phase Two (2) requirements.
Education Format and Validating Courses
GCAS College Dublin's primary focus is on rigorous scholarship both online and in person--i.e., a blended learning model. Although you may take all of the required coursework in our live online platform interacting with the professor and other students, your course will not be validated until you defend your MA Thesis that is certified and proctored by the MA Thesis Committee.
This means that you will be required to defend your MA Thesis in the presence of a GCAS faculty member. This can be arranged in a way that the faculty member arranged to meet with the MA student in a location convenient to both parties.
WHAT GCAS COLLEGE LOOKS FOR IN AN APPLICANT
Our students and researchers come from some of the best academic institutions in the world, including UC Berkeley, Yale, Duke, Columbia, London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins, Case Western, Swarthmore and Oberlin colleges just to name a few. However, as a school that is challenging traditional academia, we look above all for students who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and fresh perspectives to research and teaching.
Masters of Arts (MA) in
Length: 1 Year or 2 Years
Tuition Costs: 5,000€/ year
Requirements: 60 Credits, MA Thesis, Defense
Prerequisites: BA Degree or higher
The MA programs are course & research based and one to two years in length and requires the student to complete 60 credit hours by completing the requirements such as: (a) course work; (b) monthly supervision; and (c) MA Thesis peer mentor hours. The MA thesis length and structure may vary between 20,000 - 40,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices) and not to exceed 50,000 words. Footnotes & citations normally should not exceed 20% of the thesis.
Read Before you Apply
Because GCAS College Dublin students have taken unaccredited seminars with us from over 120 different countries, it is important to check with your country’s Ministry or Department of Education to ensure that a degree from GCAS College Dublin is recognized.
Please be advised there are English Language Requirements that each applicant must meet or exceed in order to be offered acceptance. Please familiarize yourself with our language requirements in the Graduate Student Handbook.
During the Interview Phase of the application process you will need a private connection to the Internet with a minimum speed required as follows:
Download: 2Mbps Upload: 128kbps
You can measure your internet speed via this link.
Some countries in the world accept the European Qualifications Framework accreditation such as The United States and Canada for example. GCAS is not accredited but we are seeking validation to award BA, MA and PhD degrees.
Of Note: Owners of GCAS College Dublin who apply cannot receive a degree.
GCAS College MA Application
GCAS College Dublin is recruiting the best minds of the next generation. We are excited to form the first class of our MA Programs. We take seriously our job of supporting our students with the highest quality educational resources available.
We consider this recruitment and application process to be a crucial part of accepting new students into our program. This is because when an applicant is accepted, they will enter into a world-leading academic community and, when the student graduates, they will become co-owners of GCAS College Dublin along with the faculty and other graduates. Our application process is designed like it is because we want to discover and work with applicants who understand and want to extend our mission, vision, and values throughout their lives.
The MA Application contains two required phases. Phase one (1) is the initial application and fee. Phase two (2) is advanced and gives the applicant and GCAS College Dublin opportunities to get to know each other better. There are no additional fees in Phase two (2). After the applicant completes Phase two (2) they will be notified whether or not they have been accepted into our College and global academic community.