Master of Arts in Statecraft and International Affairs

MA in Statecraft and International Affairs

The Master of Arts in Statecraft and International Affairs is designed for students currently in the foreign affairs or national security communities, or for those who wish to enter one of these broader career fields. This 52 credit hour/two-year degree program provides a comprehensive study of the theory and practice of foreign policy, process, and implementation, both in historical and contemporary perspectives. Significant attention is directed toward understanding the current world order, international relations, and the role of political culture, ideas, and values in influencing the behavior of states and non-state actors. It involves study of the entire spectrum of instruments of power, how they are integrated strategically, and the ethical issues inherent in their use.

Successful recipients of this degree are prepared for many careers in diplomacy, defense strategy, intelligence, counterintelligence, public diplomacy, political warfare, and homeland security, whether in government, the private sector, research, journalism, or a variety of other options.

Candidates for this degree must demonstrate a proficiency in a strategically-important foreign language. Recognized languages include Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. For a complete list, please refer to our website (www.iwp.edu) or contact the Office of Student Affairs. An M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs will not be awarded until the candidate passes an exam at a proficient level (at least a "3+" on the Interagency Language Roundtable scale).

Non-native speakers of English who are admitted to the M.A. program are exempt from this requirement and are not required to pass a language proficiency exam. To learn more about the foreign language requirements, please click here.

CORE CURRICULUM

(36 credits required; all courses are four credits unless noted otherwise)

Core Courses (all required)

Course in Political Philosophy (one of the following is required)

Courses in Statecraft (four of the following are required)

In addition to the Core Curriculum, students in this degree program must also select one of the following five specializations:

SPECIALIZATION in AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
(16 credits needed; all courses are four credits)

Required Courses

Elective Courses (Choose one)

SPECIALIZATION in COMPARATIVE POLITICAL CULTURE
(16 credits needed; all courses are four credits)

Required Courses

Elective Courses (Choose one, unless you have chosen two area-study courses.)

SPECIALIZATION in CONFLICT PREVENTION
(16 credits needed; all courses are four credits)

Required Courses

Elective Courses (Choose two)

SPECIALIZATION in INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
(16 credits needed; all courses are four credits)

Required Courses

Elective Courses (Choose two)

SPECIALIZATION in PEACE BUILDING, STABILIZATION, AND HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS
(16 credits needed; all courses are four credits)

Required courses

Elective courses (Choose two)  


Learning Objectives, M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs

Skills:

1. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the various aspects of intelligence (military strategy; the diplomatic art; economic strategy; intelligence; counterintelligence; public diplomacy and related fields; defense against foreign propaganda, deception, and influence operations; psychological strategy and political warfare; internal security; and the methods of leadership).

2. Students must demonstrate the ability to address foreign policy and national security problems by integrating the various instruments of statecraft.

3. Students must demonstrate the ability to think strategically and integrate tactical work with strategic goals.

Knowledge:

1. Students must demonstrate knowledge of basic terms, historical events, theories, economics, and geography related to the international relations field.

2. Student must demonstrate knowledge of the chosen field of specialization: e.g. International Politics; American Foreign Policy; or Comparative Political Culture.

3. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the statecraft of foreign powers.

4. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the main ideological currents of the modern era and the role of ideas and values in world politics.

5. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of the American founding and the American political economy and their relevance to U.S. foreign policy.

Values and Principles:

1. Students must demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the Western moral tradition (particularly the natural law and the dialog between reason and revelation) and its application to foreign policy and strategy.

2. Students must demonstrate knowledge of the building blocks of statesmanship and moral leadership, including various personal and civic virtues as: honesty; integrity; the ability to see the truth and tell it to power; courage; perseverance' independence of thought and the capacity to resist peer pressure and the "conventional wisdom"; respect for the rule of law; prudence; justice; discernment of the national interest; respect of the dignity of the individual human person regardless of their background or condition.