Dec 01, 2023
- Security and Diplomacy
- Society and Development
The M.A. in International Affairs is a professional degree program which prepares students for careers in public and private organizations with global missions by developing their critical thinking, analytical writing, and public speaking skills, while learning and applying international relations theories to analyze major trends and events in world politics.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- GRE recommended
- Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably from an academic source
- A 500-word statement of purpose which explains why you are applying to the Program
- Official transcripts
Total Minimum Hours: 30 Credit Hours
- Core Requirements – 6 credit hours
- Research Methods - 3 Credit Hours
- Concentration - 9 Credit Hours
- Electives – 6 Credit Hours minimum
- Thesis/Non-Thesis – 6 credit hours
Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)
Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)
Concentration (9 Credit Hours Minimum)
Students may pick one of the following concentrations:
Concentration in Security and Diplomacy -9 Credit Hours
Concentration in Society and Development - 9 Credit Hours
Electives (6 Credit Hours Minimum)
All 5000- and 6000-level courses with prefixes AFA, CPO, INR, LAS, POS, or POT that are open to master’s students are eligible electives. Elective courses taken outside of the School of INterdisciplinary Global Studies must be approved by the Graduate Director.
For students in the thesis option, successful completion of the thesis serves in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam. Students in the non-thesis option satisfy the comprehensive examination requirement by submitting a portfolio of written work completed in their couress includeing a major research project. It will be reviewed and evaluated by a two-or three-person faculty committee.
Thesis/Non Thesis (6 Credit Hours Minimum)
Students must enroll in POS 6971 Thesis: Master’s for a minimum of 6 credit hours. In their thesis, students must provide new insight into a relevant topic in international affairs. As students approach the thesis stage, they need to compose a thesis committee consisting of a major professor, who must be a member of the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, and two readers. One of the two readers can be from another department, but that person must first be approved by the Graduate Director. Students must prepare a written thesis and defend their work in a formal oral presentation before their committee.
Students who choose not to write a thesis take an additional six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework in the School of Interdiscipilnary Global Studies, or another department at USF.