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MA in International Affairs

We live in an increasingly interconnected global environment where people, goods, ideas and conflicts traverse borders with rising frequency. Leaders in the activist, policy and academic spheres must learn not only how to critically analyze these phenomena but also to envisage harnessing their constructive potential. The Master of Arts (MA) in International Affairs is an interdisciplinary graduate program dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s global citizens.

A holistic approach to enhancing our understanding of the world must span the limits of any one academic field and embrace cross-disciplinary analytical competencies. Spanning several social sciences and humanities, our courses are taught by leading scholars who research democratization, gender, globalization, ethnic conflict and cooperation, human rights and international law, international relations, social activism, social justice and many other topics. Through its core courses, its two tracks — Globalization, Development and Social Justice; and International Public Policy — as well as global and regional electives, this graduate program allows students to pursue a variety of themes.


Degree Requirements

To earn the MA in International Affairs at Northeastern University you must successfully complete 36 credit hours of credit in the prescribed curriculum. The curriculum consists of required core, methods and public policy courses, three courses in either one of the two tracks, one global issues elective, and one regional elective.

The IAF Core

MA students must take three required core courses. All students must take INTL 5200, Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Additionally, students must take at least one social science methods course and at least one public policy course. Those interested in the spatial development of social, cultural, and economic phenomena are encouraged to register for a fourth core course — PPUA 5263, Geographic Information Systems.

Beyond the Core

Students must select one of two tracks —Globalization, Development and Social Justice (GDSJ), or International Public Policy (IPP). Students interested in the GDSJ track must register for SOCL 7221, Globalization, Development and Social Justice, and take at least one additional track elective. Alternatively, those who are interested in the IPP track must register for POLS 7387, Global Governance, and take at least one additional track elective. All students must take at least one course within each of our two elective categories: Global Issues and Regional electives. Upon completing the requirements students are free to take their remaining electives in any category: core, track, global issues, or regional electives.

After fulfilling these requirements students may take their remaining free electives from any course in any method, track, or elective category. Among free electives students may take a 6-credit thesis.

In total, the IAF degree requires 36 semester hours. Current and prospective students should refer to the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog for a description of the MA in International Affairs curriculum.

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Beginning in Fall 2018, all Graduate CSSH Masters programs will offer an optional Cooperative Education Experience (“Co-op”) to eligible students.

Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem provides qualified masters students with six-month research and work experiences in businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies in Boston and across the United States. Graduate students take their work from campus learning spaces, apply it outside of the classroom in a variety of environments, and then bring that knowledge and those skills back to our campus learning spaces during the one-credit Experiential Integration course.

To learn more, interested masters students should first meet with their Graduate Program Director to determine eligibility and where co-op will fit within the student’s curriculum.


Additional information:

Requirements and policies are subject to change. For up-to-date information, contact Louis DaRos or view the official graduate catalogue for a full listing of graduate level courses.