Florida State University

International Affairs

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Graduate Program

Students choose between:

  • Master of Science or Master of Arts
    Master of Arts requirement: six (6) credits minimum of coursework in history, modern language, philosophy or religion.
    *The program does not recommend one of type degree over the other
  • Comprehensive Exam Track or Thesis Track
    Comprehensive Exam track: 31 credit hours
    Thesis track: 31 credit hours

Master’s in International Affairs degree must complete:

  • CORE coursework (7 credits):
    • Seminar in International Affairs (3)
    • Problems of Globalism (3)
    • Colloquium (1)
  • DEVELOPING WORLD coursework (6 credits):
    • Courses focusing on the developing or post-communist world (i.e. outside of the United states, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
  • DEPARTMENTAL coursework (9 credits):
    • At least nine (9), but no more than eighteen (18), hours in one of the participating departments.
    • Every semester, there will be an approved course list to choose your classes from. (3)
  • ELECTIVE coursework (8 – 10 credits):
    • The remaining credits left for the degree will be taken from the approved course list, from the participating departments.
    • Students may also study abroad, or complete internships for credit – to complete their remaining elective hours. For info on this, click here (3)
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE requirement:
    _____ Above INTERMEDIATE LEVEL on the FSU Placement exam or 2220 equivalent
    _____ 12 semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of at least 3.0, “B”
    _____ 4 years of a single language in high school
    _____ Graduate Reading Knowledge Examinations (GER 5069, ITA 5069, POR 5069, RUS 5069, SPN 5069)
    _____ If first language is not English: TOELF 
  • PASS COMPREHENSIVE EXAM OR SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND THESIS

Is funding available for students?

Yes, but it is limited. Please visit here for more information on funding opportunities.