How to Apply to the Lauder Institute Program

The Application Process

To apply to the Lauder Institute, applicants must submit either an MBA/MA application or a JD/MA application by the appropriate application deadline. The Lauder Institute does not offer the MA in International Studies as a stand-alone degree. The MA is available only through the Lauder Institute’s uniquely integrated and interdisciplinary joint-degree program.

Although the Lauder Institute’s portion of the application is virtually identical for both types of applicant, the application processes are distinct. Please click through to information for either MBA/MA applicants or JD/MA applicants to find a complete summary of application requirements.

Begin Your Application

For quick answers to frequently asked questions, please click through to the Lauder Admission FAQ.


Our students come to the Lauder Institute from a diverse assortment of countries, industries, and educational backgrounds. In the aggregate, they speak dozens of languages, and all enter with advanced knowledge of at least one language other than English.

Given the diversity of the applicant pool, the Admission Committee has no formula for success in the admissions process. Generally speaking, a successful application demonstrates the following:

  • Strong passion for international and global issues
  • Excitement about learning about new cultures and exploring the world
  • International experience through professional, academic, or personal experiences
  • Good command of one or more foreign languages, often through extensive academic study, professional or personal overseas experiences, or as a heritage speaker
For some tips on the admissions process, take a look at our recommendations on Preparing a Strong Application to Lauder.
Questions about the Admissions Process? Contact the Admissions Team.