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International Affairs

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

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Program Requirements and Curriculum

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.


For more information, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, 850-644-4418 or fill out this form:

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