George Mason University
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George Mason University

Master's at Malta

One Academic Year, Two Degrees

You can't find a better study-abroad opportunity than earning a Dual Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security through our program with the University of Malta.

The University of Malta traces.

The University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense, which was set up on November 12, 1592.

Faculty from Mason and Malta work together to create a program that will provide you with a depth of knowledge and understanding about the issues in that region of the world. The University of Malta's Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies has been offering advanced degrees in diplomacy and building bridges for 25 years. Explore the roots and impact of conflict in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe. 

The program is held at the 400-year old University of Malta Valleta Campus, which blends old world architecture with state-of-the art instructional technology. The 13-month, full-time academic program confers two graduate degrees:

If You Live in the United States or Canada

Students from the United States and Canada must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university should apply through Mason before March 1, 2018. Those who apply by the priority deadline will be considered for a tuition discount of 2,000 Euros (approximately $2300 USD). If selected to receive the discount, you will be notified by March 15th and must place your deposit by April 15th. After the prirority deadline, applications will be reviewed on a space available basis. 

Canadian applicants must also submit international transcripts, credentials, and evaluation information.

General Requirements

In addition to applying online, applicants must submit:

  • Official transcripts
  • Résumé
  • A goals statement that answers the question: "How has your past prepared you to engage in conflict, and how will this program equip you for your future?"
  • Two letters of recommendation

If You Live in Malta or Another Country

International students should apply through the University of Malta, before March 1, 2018, for entry in October. Officials there will review applications and make admissions notifications.

General Requirements

  • A recognized bachelor's honors degree at second class or better is required for this program. (Students who hold an American undergraduate degree must have a B.A. or B.S in a relevant area of study). Submit two copies of official transcripts (in sealed envelopes from the institutions) from all post-secondary schools attended. These may be sent directly from the institution to the International Admissions Office, University of Malta, Mside MSD2080, Malta.
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • A cover letter addressed to the Board of Studies (the letter supplements the application and should include a personal statement that describes your reasons for applying);
  • Copy of Passport or government-issued identification card;
  • A Secure English Language Test (SELT) score from one of the university’s approved examining boards, or a declaration from an official test center confirming a planned test date.You must verify that you satisfy the requirements.

Things to Know

Contact a Program Representative

At Mason:

Lisa Elaine Shaw

Director of Student Services & Field Experience George Mason University

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

703-993-8079

At Malta:

Mario Cassar

B.A.(Hons), M.A. Head of Administration International Masters Programmes

University of Malta Valletta Campus and International Collaborative Programmes

University of Malta

+356-2340-7512

Financial Aid

There are currently no scholarships available for this program from Malta or Mason. However, some organizations offer financial aid for graduate study abroad, including:

U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and military veterans can apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Mason's financial aid process might also provide some guidance.

Program and Residence Costs

Tuition is about $15,500. Information will be listed in euros; to get rates in U.S. dollars, go to a site such as XE Currency Converter. Living accommodations are available on the university campus, or you might want to immerse yourself in the culture by residing within the surrounding community.

Things to Do in Malta

Maltese is the national language, but English is also an official language. Many residents speak Italian, as well. Find more information about your future home at:

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