Master of International Affairs in International Affairs
The Bush School of Government and Public Service offers a non-thesis program leading to the degree of Master of International Affairs (MIA). This program is designed for individuals planning careers in international affairs. Courses are intended for those with such interests, and it enables a student to specialize in one of two career tracks: international development and economic policy and national security and diplomacy.
The Master of International Affairs degree includes a core curriculum of five courses, a summer internship or intensive language and cultural study and a six-course specialization in two selected areas of concentration. The professional nature of the program provides a curriculum taught by a multi-disciplinary faculty who also combine a mix of scholarly and professional international experience. The core curriculum includes seminars in international politics, global economy, research methods, and American foreign policy. One of those five core courses must be a Capstone. The Capstone involves a group project under the supervision of a faculty member to work on a research task received from a real world client. Capstone research culminates in a major written report to the client. The Bush School International Affairs department equips students having a disposition toward leadership and public service with the vital skills and knowledge critical for successful careers whether in government or non-governmental organizations. A foreign language background is not required for admission into the program. To graduate, however, a student must successfully pass a foreign language exam administered in accordance with the ratings of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. For this test the student must demonstrate a minimal proficiency in speaking and comprehension at the established rating of “intermediate low.”
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