Master of Arts in International Affairs

Requirements for the MA in International Affairs

Completion of 36 credits distributed according to the requirements of the degree with an overall minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses taken at the university, and with no more than two grades lower than C- in core courses required for the degree.

A. Core Curriculum (24 credits)

  • Foundation Courses (6 Credits):
    • PL 610 Foundation I: International Relations (3 Credits)
    • PL 620 Foundation II: Comparative Politics (3 Credits)
  • PL 630 International Political Economy (3 Credits)
  • PL 640 Political Science Research Methodology (3 Credits)
  • Four PL Graduate Seminars (12 Credits)

B. Additional Requirements (0 credit hours each)

  • Language Proficiency Requirement: MA students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language beyond English at the B2 (upper intermediate) level or higher in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) 
  • Cultural Events Modules (PL603-Fall semester, PL603-Spring Semester). A passing grade in two semesters of PL603 is required for admission to register for MA Thesis. 

C. Capstone requirements (12 credits)

  • PL 710 Professional Development Course (1 Credit)
  • PL 720 Practicum in International Affairs (2 Credits)
  • PL 740 Internship or Research Assistantship (3 Credits)
  • PL 780 Thesis Writing (6 Credits)

Payment of all financial obligations to the University is required to be awarded the degree.