International Affairs, M.A.

Degree:Master of Arts (M.A.)
Major:International Affairs
Department:Reubin O'D. Askew Department of Government
Building 50, Room 120
College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:45.0901
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 33

The M.A. in International Affairs prepares students to confront the challenges of an increasingly globalized world. The program is well-suited for students considering or presently pursuing a military or national security career, as well as those interested in international public service or policy work. The curriculum emphasizes international politics, including relations between countries, trade and diplomatic negotiations between countries, foreign policy, strategy, security, intelligence, and military conflict. Several courses emphasize policy-making and decision-making processes, institutions, national and regional politics, culture, and diplomatic relations. The program consists of 33 semester hours plus successful completion of a comprehensive examination or a thesis. All new students should be advised by the departmental advisor. In addition to the university requirement that students maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, students must also make a 3.0 or higher GPA in five of their six core courses.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Submission of a sample research paper
  • Completion of Supplemental Questions on Graduate Application

Degree Requirements

International Affairs (33 SH)

CPO 6006Seminar in Comparative Politics3
INR 6007Seminar in International Relations3
POS 6006The Study of Politics3
POS 6045Seminar in American Politics3
POS 6704Political Science Research Methods3
POT 5016Seminar in Political Theory3
Total Hours18

Non-Thesis Option

Five CPO or INR prefix 5000/6000 level courses approved by the Chair or Advisor15
Chair and Advisor-approved comprehensive examination0
Total Hours15

Thesis Option

Students may choose to complete a thesis in lieu of completing 6 sh of electives and the comprehensive exam.

POS 6971Thesis6
9 sh of CPO or INR prefix 5000/6000 courses approved by the Chair or Advisor9
Total Hours15