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International Studies

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Master's in International Affairs

Master’s in International Affairs
The student may choose between either: 
A thirty-two semester-hour course program OR 
A thirty semester-hour thesis program

Required International Affairs Coursework (7 credits):
The Seminar in International Affairs (3 credits) - A core course which serves as an introduction to references and research tools in international relations; disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches and basic concepts in the field.
Colloquium (1 credit) - A professional development course designed to prepare students for a meaningful career in international affairs.  
Problems of Globalism (3 credits) - A core course which provides background for a theoretical and practical understanding of today’s international and regional organizations.

Developing Worlds Requirement (6 Credits):
At least six hours focusing on the developing or post-communist world (i.e., outside of the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand). 

Departmental Concentration (9 Credits):
At least nine, but no more than eighteen semester hours in one of the participating departments
Course work in at least three of the participating departments
Comprehensive Exam or Thesis: 
A written comprehensive examination for the course program OR
A written thesis and oral defense for the thesis program.

Foreign Language Requirement:
All students must satisfy the foreign language requirement. Proficiency in a foreign language will be demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Reading Knowledge Examinations (GER 5069, ITA 5069, POR, 5069, RUS 5069, SPN 5069) or on the Graduate School Foreign Language Tests of the Educational Testing Service;
  • Certification by the appropriate language department;
  • Completion of twelve semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of at least 3.0 (B);
  • Or four years of a single language in high school.

Students in the Master's degree program have the opportunity to take courses from distinguished faculty members both within and outside the participating departments. Prior to graduation, each student arranges for a supervisory committee composed of faculty from the participating departments. These faculty members may share an interest in a particular geographic area or in a topical specialty, such as political and economic development or national security. Depending upon a student's degree track, this committee will supervise either the student's comprehensive exam or master's thesis.
The Graduate Bulletin provides brief course descriptions and specific prerequisites. As International Affairs is an interdepartmental program, the various departmental headings should be consulted for specific course descriptions. 

For more information, please contact the program coordinator, Sam Bandak, at