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, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. The Institute currently offers Arabic, Chinese, and Russian classes on campus. An M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs will not be awarded until the candidate passes an exam at a proficient level.

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.


(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:

(16 credits needed; all courses are four credits)

Required Courses

Elective Courses (Choose one)