Program Details

This degree consists of a comprehensive study of the theory and practice of foreign policy, process, and implementation.
Washington, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Homeland Security & National Defense

Program Overview

Program Description:

This degree is designed for students who wish to focus on a broad understanding of the current world order, its history and trends, the theoretical and policy issues affected by international politics and culture, and the ideas and values that influence the behavior of state and non-state actors. Coupled with the language requirement (described below), successful recipients of this degree are prepared for a wide range of careers, including foreign policymaking and implementation, public policy research, journalism, and a variety of private sector professions.

Candidates for this degree are also required to complete a minimum of fifty-two credits, 12 four-credit courses and 2 two-credit courses. Students may also be required to take an advanced research and writing seminar. At least ten of the courses (including "Economics for Foreign Policymakers" and "Geography and Strategy") must come from the Core Curriculum, while four courses must be taken in one of four specializations: American Foreign Policy, Comparative Political Culture, Democracy Building, or International Politics. The ten Core Curriculum courses should be completed prior to the specialization.

Additional Program Information

Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Financial Aid:
To apply for the Master of Arts in International Affairs, students must complete the following requirements: an application, current resume, original copies of transcripts from all previous institutions, TOEFL scores (for international students), GRE scores (applicants should have a 5.0 on the written section and a 620-650 on the verbal section to be competitive), three letters of recommendation, essay on educational and professional goals (250 words), general essay (500-1,000 words), admissions interview (conducted as needed), and application fee ($100).