International Affairs: MA

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The Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) is a versatile program that prepares students to pursue a wide range of careers in the field of international relations, including work for national governments and a wide range of IGOs and NGOs. The program includes core coursework that covers the fundamentals of international affairs (IR) theory, research methods in IR, the workings of the global economy, and an overview of global security issues. In addition to the core classes, students choose two tracks, allowing them to develop in-depth knowledge in their chosen specialties, and write a capstone MA paper. The curriculum ensures that graduates emerge with a comprehensive perspective on international issues and a clear understanding of the means by which these issues are researched, discussed, and acted upon.

There is also a strong emphasis on developing students’ skills in writing policy-relevant documents. The final MA paper, which each student must orally defend before a panel of three faculty members, reflects that emphasis. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, or a related discipline such as history or economics. This degree is well suited for students with a limited background in the field, such as recent college graduates.

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