The MA in International Affairs is a challenging and interdisciplinary program dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s global citizens and leaders by combining theories, concepts, and methodologies from a range of disciplines with study abroad and experiential learning opportunities in Boston, across the country, and around the world.
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 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, and social justice — among other topics. The program is designed to respond to the increasing demand, evident in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors for professionals equipped with the substantive, analytic, and methodological skills needed to address a wide array of issues facing societies and organizations across the globe.
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.
Learn more about the Master of Arts in International Affairs from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, housed in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
- Two tracks offered: Globalization, Development and Social Justice; and International Public Policy.
- Students have access to 16 of the top research libraries.
- Graduates leave prepared to work in government offices and agencies, human rights organizations, and other non-governmental organizations.
- Application fee – US $75.00
- Personal statement
- Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
- English proficiency for international applicants
- Three letters of recommendation
- Standardized test scores such as the GRE are not required for master's degree applicants to the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. However, such test scores may be helpful for applicants with little or no experience beyond undergraduate school.
|Final deadline for international applicants:||June 15|
|Final deadline for domestic applicants (non-international):||August 15|
|Deadline for special student applicants (non-international only):||August 25|
|Final deadline for international applicants:||October 1|
|Final deadline for domestic applicants (non-international):||December 1|
|Final deadline for Special Student applicants (non-international only):||December 15|
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:
Social Science Methods
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:
Selected in consultation with faculty advisor.
Complete 20 semester hours from the following:
CRIM 5000 to CRIM 7999 (by advisement only)
ECON 5000 to ECON 7999 (by advisement only)
ENGL 5000 to ENGL 7999 (by advisement only)
HIST 5000 to HIST 7999 (by advisement only)
POLS 5000 to POLS 7999 (by advisement only)
SOCL 5000 to SOCL 7999 (by advisement only)
Optional Co-op Experience
Requires two consecutive semesters of Co-op Work Experience and Experiential Integration:
- In-Class Case Studies – Professors integrate case studies, small group exercises, and applied projects into the classroom to add a real-world perspective to the coursework.
- Research — Students collaborate with faculty on groundbreaking, use-inspired research in class and in our research centers—The Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, the Resilient Cities Lab, The Social Impact Lab, and the Boston Area Research Initiative.
- Thesis — Students have the option to complete a thesis.
- Opportunities Abroad — Students can participate in a one-semester exchange program with the Universiteit van Amsterdam or KU Leuven. This academic, research-oriented opportunity will be complementary to our professionally-focused Master of Arts in International Affairs Program.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at jobs our International Affairs graduates are prepared to pursue, and the skills they bring to organizations.
Where They Work
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- City of Boston
- Liberty Mutual Insurance
- Fidelity Investments
- State Street
What They Do
- Business Development
- Community and Social Services
- Media and Communication
What They're Skilled At
- Public Speaking
- Social Media
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