Legacy Graduate Programs

The following program listing applies to students admitted before September 1, 2017. 

Our approach breaks down disciplinary boundaries—Pardee students study a broad-based curriculum that enables them to build a holistic understanding of global affairs. Our distinguished faculty includes accomplished scholars and skilled practitioners drawn from the worlds of diplomacy, intelligence, economic development, environmental sustainability, and military affairs.

The Pardee School at Boston University is an affiliate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), the premier association for graduate programs in International Relations.

Master of Arts

The two-year MAIA prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the international relations field, including work for national governments and a broad range of IGOs and NGOs.

Rigorous core classes train students in the fundamentals of IR theory, the global economy, research methodologies, and international security. Tracks and electives enable students to gain in-depth understanding of the issues most important to them.

An abbreviated one-year program, the Mid-Career MA caters to both civilian professionals and military officers looking to advance their international affairs careers.

The program gives IR professionals the versatility to design an interdisciplinary program suited to their needs and interests, with practical and theoretical training from top faculty

The 1.5 year GDP MA is perfect for students interested in improving health and quality of life for people throughout the developing world in an environmentally sound manner.

Students learn the environmental, economic, public health, and governance aspects of international development, with specialty tracks offering focused knowledge. The program prepares students for development policy careers in government, nonprofit institutions, international organizations, and the private sector.

The 1.5 year IREP program offers students a dynamic opportunity to explore the intersection of international affairs and the environment.

The core course of the program prepares students for environmental negotiation while classes at BU’s Department of Earth and Environment provide training in a variety of environmental issues. Pardee School coursework enables students to develop regional or thematic expertise that complements their environmental studies.

The two-year IRIC program trains students for careers in an international setting working in journalism, marketing, public relations, and other media fields.

Classes at BU’s College of Communications furnish students with concrete career skills in the media field. IR coursework complements this by enabling students to develop regional or thematic expertise. Students have the opportunity to study and intern in either London or Washington, DC.

This innovative two-year program explores the ever-evolving nexus of religion and international affairs.

Students choose both an IR and a Religious Tradition track, allowing them to develop detailed knowledge in the specialties that matter most to them. The IRRN MA prepares students to work in policy analysis, conflict resolution, and other roles at NGOs, IGOs, and national governments.

The one-year LAS MA presents students with a holistic approach to understanding the complexities of Latin America through an interdisciplinary course of study. This degree prepares students for careers working on Latin American issues in a variety of contexts, including the private sector, NGOs, government, and education.

The 3.5 year IRJD program allows law school students to add international relations expertise to their core JD competency.

Students complete the standard JD curriculum plus a set of courses in international law through BU’s School of Law, along with regional or thematic expertise gained through coursework in the Pardee School. The program is designed for students planning careers in national governments, international agencies, international negotiation, and human rights organizations.

The 2.5 year dual IR/MBA program gives students the skills and competencies to compete in a rapidly evolving international marketplace.

Students learn all the essential skills of business management at the Questrom School of Business, along with international politics, economics, and security studies at the Pardee School. The program is perfect for students seeking careers in administrative management (corporate or non-profit), consulting, or international banking.


Egypt, Ghana, Congo, Namibia – dive in and explore Africa, a continent rich in diversity, opportunity, and challenges. The African Studies certificate program is ideal for students seeking specialized knowledge of Africa to complement their training in another field.

China, India, Japan, Malaysia – dive in and explore the vast realm of Asia, a region full of ancient cultures and modern dynamism, and home to over half of humanity. The Asian Studies certificate program is ideal for students seeking specialized knowledge of Asia to complement their training in another field.