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Graduate School of Public and International Affairs—Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA)

From the halls of the United Nations to the streets of war-torn conflict zones, the modern international system is in a state of rapid flux that demands versatile, well-educated professionals.   The MPIA degree is a multidisciplinary program designed to prepare students for careers of influence in the international arena – as government policymakers, diplomats, intelligence officials, global business leaders, nonprofit managers, and policy researchers.  The program emphasizes practical skills and knowledge necessary to participate in the world policy process and shape its future.  The MPIA curriculum includes traditional courses on world history, economics, and international relations theory, along with practical courses on intelligence collection and analysis, diplomacy, and international finance.  It also includes one of the country’s only graduate specializations in Human Security – a unique field that focuses on the security of civilian populations and human rights.

MPIA students are required to select a major from among the three listed below. These three majors (global political economy, security & intelligence studies, and human security) are also offered as minors for the MPA, MPIA, and MID degree programs.

 

Requirements for Master of Public and International Affairs

 

GSPIA Core Requirements (See Master’s Degree Requirements)

18credits

Degree Core Courses

9 credits

Major Courses

12 credits

Electives

9 credits

Minimum Required Credits

48 credits

 

International Political Economy

From the Euro to the yen, today’s global economy operates in a climate of change.  The international global political economy (IPE) major teaches students to understand globalization and the role the state plays, as well as market strategies for corporations and their corporate identities.  Courses target competencies in finance, economics, international trade and development.  Specific topics range from the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to political climates in post-Communist states and the role of women in developing countries.

GSPIA IPE students are idealistic, curious about the world and eager to put their vision into practice. Recent IPE graduates include a treasury expert with the Republic of Turkey, a project manager specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Mission in Moscow, a presidential management fellow with the U.S. Department of Commerce, and a United Nations Fulbright Fellow with the Department of Social and Economic Affairs.

The major curriculum, comprising 12 credits, follows:

 

GSPIA Core Requirements (See Master’s Degree Requirements)

18credits

Degree Core Courses

9 credits

     PIA 2301 International Political Economy

     PIA 2363 International History

     PIA 2096 Capstone Seminar (pre-requisite PIA 2028)

               or

     PIA 2099 Thesis (pre-requisite PIA 2028 + 2003 + approval)

Major Courses

12 credits

     PIA XXXX Approved IPE major course

     PIA XXXX Approved IPE major course

     PIA XXXX Approved IPE major course

     PIA XXXX Approved IPE major course

Electives

9 credits

Minimum Required Credits

48 credits

 

Security and Intelligence Studies

The post-9/11 world has brought remarkable change to national and international security.  Issues of strategy, weapons systems, national defense and the role of government are being redefined every day.  GSPIA’s major in security & intelligence studies (SIS) approaches issues within an international context and covers a variety of topics including transnational organized crime, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and competition for natural resources.

SIS students are interested in the use of technology, investigation and discovery and often have a desire to travel internationally.  Our program prepares students for careers in the security or intelligence fields with various think tanks or intelligence agencies, such as the FBI or CIA.

The major curriculum, comprising 12 credits, follows:

 

GSPIA Core Requirements (See Master’s Degree Requirements)

18credits

Degree Core Courses

9 credits

     PIA 2303 Security & Intelligence Studies

     PIA 2363 International History

     PIA 2096 Capstone Seminar (pre-requisite. PIA 2028)

               or

     PIA 2099 Thesis (pre-requisite PIA 2028 + 2003 + approval)

Major Courses

12 credits

     PIA XXXX Approved SIS major course

     PIA XXXX Approved SIS major course

     PIA XXXX Approved SIS major course

     PIA XXXX Approved SIS major course

Electives

9 credits

Minimum Required Credits

48 credits

 

Human Security

Because the globalization process has made the world seem exponentially smaller, threats from tsunamis, earthquakes, disease and starvation are arriving faster and in more dramatic fashion than ever before.  One of the most innovative, forward-thinking disciplines in international affairs today, the human security major covers a wide swath of issues critical to the safety of people worldwide. 

GSPIA’s program, one of the first of its kind in the United States, emphasizes the development of peacekeeping and peace-building skills.  Students study threats to individuals from non-governmental, nonmilitary sources.  Examples of threats include civil wars, international migration and crime, global climate changes and natural disasters.  We teach students to focus on the human condition as a planet, resulting in a new generation of leaders able to guide our global community through some of the most perilous times is has ever experienced.

The major curriculum, comprising 12 credits, follows:

 

GSPIA Core Requirements (See Master’s Degree Requirements)

18credits

Degree Core Courses

9 credits

     PIA 2307 Human Security

     PIA 2363 International History

     PIA 2096 Capstone Seminar (pre-requisite PIA 2028)

               or

     PIA 2099 Thesis (pre-requisite PIA 2028 + 2003 + approval)

HS Major Courses

12 credits

     PIA XXXX Approved HS major course

     PIA XXXX Approved HS major course

     PIA XXXX Approved HS major course

     PIA XXXX Approved HS major course

Electives

9 credits

Minimum Required Credits

48 credits

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