- “During my internship at UN Watch, I gained first hand insight into the field of IR and diplomacy,” –Dina Wyler, Pardee ’18, on interning at UN Watch
- “As a student I was offered significant internship opportunities, exceptional faculty mentors, and the space to shape my professional identity.”-Michael Greenwald, Pardee’07, Treasury Attaché to Qatar and Kuwait
Want to make the world a better place? So do we!
Pardee School graduate students work on the big issues for the global future – the issues that matter, the issues that will make a difference in the world not just tomorrow, but a hundred years from now. Our faculty are world-renowned leaders in their fields, and research solutions to the world’s most critical problems.
As a student, you will sit in class with students from China, Russia, Pakistan, Ecuador – the world is here at the Pardee School. And once you graduate, you’ll join a network of alumni that work across the globe on hot-button issues. 92 percent of Pardee School alumni within a year of graduating are either enrolled in a PhD program or employed in government fields, NGOs and the private sector.
Our flexible and challenging MA programs will give you the skills and knowledge to build your global career.
For more information on our MA programs and regional studies centers, view our brochure.
Watch our video to meet our students, hear insight from our faculty and learn what a Pardee School education can do for you.
The Pardee School offers six MA programs with eight functional specializations, two joint degrees, and one regional degree:
- The 2-year MA in International Affairs with Specializations in Diplomacy, Global Economic Affairs, Security Studies, Religion and International Affairs and International Communication
- The 1.5-year MA in Global Policy with Specializations in Environmental Policy, Developmental Policy and International Public Health Policy
- The 1-year MA in International Relations, Mid-Career
- The 3.5 year dual degree in International Relations & Juris Doctor (JD)
- The 2.5-year dual degree program in International Relations & MBA
- The 1-year MA in Latin American Studies
Scholarships & Finances
The Pardee School offers generous financial aid for qualified students – two-thirds of our incoming class received some form of assistance.
ALL applicants, both domestic and international, will be considered for scholarship aid. No additional materials are needed for aid consideration; decisions are based on the application for admission.
University-Wide Merit Aid
Information on University-wide merit based aid for graduate students is available from the Office of the Provost.
Listed below are a number of outside organizations that offer scholarships for graduate study. This list is not exhaustive; with research, students may be able to find other external sources of aid.
Most of these awards have application deadlines in December or January (some are even earlier), so be sure to plan ahead.
Please note: Boston University is not affiliated with nor does it investigate, vouch for or guarantee any of these organizations.
- Advance Africa
- Association for Intelligence Officers Scholarships
- Association to Unite Democracies Frank Fund
- The Beinecke Scholarship
- Boren Fellowships
- Charles B. Rangel Fellowship
- Educational Advancement Foundation Scholarships
- Golden Key
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
- The Harry Truman Scholarship Foundation
- Intercollegiate Studies Institute Graduate Fellowships
- International Student Organization
- The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program
- Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
- James Madison Fellowship
- The Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarships
- Miscellaneous Grants and Fellowships
- The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
- Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
- Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
- Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program
- Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
Student Loans and General Questions
The GRS Financial Aid Office handles all issues pertaining to student loans and is also a good resource for general questions about paying for your BU education.
Tuition and Fees
Most students attend full-time (16 – 18 credits per term) while completing coursework, and pay full-time tuition accordingly. It is also possible to take coursework on a part-time basis, in which case students pay by the class.
Information on current tuition and fee rates is posted here.
Applicants interested in one of our dual-degree programs, MA in International Relations/Juris Doctor (IR/JD) and MA in International Relations/MBA (IR/MBA), should contact the Law School or the Questrom School of Business, respectively, for information on tuition, fees, and financial aid.
- Early September Application system opens to accept new applications
- Dec. 15 Deadline for all spring applications
- Jan. 18 Priority deadline for aid consideration for fall applications
- March 15 Second priority deadline for merit aid consideration for fall applications
- May 1 Final deadline for fall admission applications
(Qualified applicants will be considered for merit scholarship until May 1 deadline)
More Info, Assistance, and Visiting Pardee
For general inquiries, questions about merit-based scholarships and scheduling your visit, contact the Pardee School Graduate Office:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 617-353-9349. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.
For technical assistance with the online application system, contact Applicant Support:
- Email: : email@example.com
- Phone: 857-304-2002. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.
For questions about student loans, the FAFSA, and other financial matters, contact the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Financial Aid Office:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 617-353-2696. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. EST.