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All documents submitted as a part of your application should have English-language translation and preferably converted to PDF or JPEG format. We kindly ask you to merge multiple page scanned copies into one document. Also, please put your surname in the file name e.g. Smith_BADiploma.pdf or Ivanov_Passport.jpeg. International candidates should apply via HSE International Recruiting Office at https://www.hse.ru/en/ma/csr/app 

 CSR_application rules_en_2018 

Each application portfolio should include:

1. Curriculum Vitae (2 page limit)

Candidates should submit a standard CV, including, at a minimum, their educational achievements, work andresearch experience, publications (if any), and language knowledge

2. Letter of motivation (1 page limit)

This letter should describe the candidate's reasons for applying to this Master Program, in the context of thecandidate's long-term career goals and background.

3. Statement of research interests and methods knowledge (2 page limit)

This statement should consist of at least one paragraph describing the candidate's research interests and anotherdescribing their experience in using different specific social science research methods (such as regression analysis,cluster analysis, factor analysis, expert interviews, narrative interviews, focus groups, experimental design, etc.)and computer packages that can assist in analysis (such as SPSS, STATA, R, INVIVO, ATLASti). Moreover, the applicant should shortly describe what research ideas or questions he/she is planning to follow up on duringhis/her studies in the programme.

4. Two short letters of recommendation (at least one should be academic) (two-page limit)

These two letters should be submitted to the admissions office directly by the recommender by email(inter@hse.ru and echeklina@hse.ru) or in a sealed envelope. Each letter should specify how the reference knows the student (and forhow long) and should address the student's qualification for this program and for further academic study ingeneral. At least one of this letters must be from a current or former teacher (or senior academic colleague) ofthe student.

5. For non-native English speakers, TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE test results must be submitted, less than two years old at the time of the application submission,

Native speakers of the English language, and students who have completed an entire degree exclusively in English do not need to submit proof of their English ability. All other applicants should submit test results no more than two years old.


 Minimum score


 score of 6 or above

 TOEFL IBT (Internet Based)

 score of 80 or above

 TOEFL PBT (Paper Based)

 score of 500 or above

 CAE, BEC Higher, CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) 


The test results should not be more than two years old at the time of applying.

In the case, that a non-native applicant cannot provide one of the above mentioned language certificates, he/she can use one of the following alternatives:
- submit a document confirming that you have completed your prior educational degree exclusively in Englishor
 or - participate in an interview with the members of the programme´s selection committee

6. Official transcripts of previous educational studies.

All applicants must include up-to-date BA (or equivalent) transcripts even if the candidate is not yet completewith his/her degree. These transcripts should be official copies, stamped or approved by the study program'sDirector of Studies. Students with also a higher degree (such as another MA), should submit both transcriptswithin their application. 

7. GRE results (if available)

These are optional. But students who have taken the GRE may submit their results in support of their packet

Criteria for Portfolio Evaluation
Criteria Maximum points
Academic qualifications and potential, documented by:50 
Official transcript of previous studies (BA or equivalent) / GRE results (if available) 15
Statement of research interests and methods knowledge 20
Curriculum vitae (to include publications, if any) 10
Two letters of recommendation 5
Student motivation, documented by:30 
 Letter of motivation  20
 Two letters of recommendation  5
 Curriculum vitae  5
 English Language Ability, documented by: 20 
 Language certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE) / prior degree conductedin English / interview  10
 Letter of motivation  5
 Statement of research interests and methods knowledge  5
 Total 100