MA in International Affairs
MTSU's Master of Arts in International Affairs program is designed to prepare students for careers and pursuits related to international relations, including but not limited to work in government, nongovernmental organizations and nonprofits, business, and intelligence.
Develop your knowledge of the theory and practice of international affairs and gain skills with applications in a wide range of career tracks. Motivated students from different countries and backgrounds work with accomplished faculty to learn the fundamentals. Students may specialize by emphasizing a particular focus in their studies, such as international development, human security, & globalization; international security & peace studies; area studies, with a regional or country-specific focus (examples: China, Russia, Middle East); or global justice, human rights, & civil advocacy. Students may customize their studies according to the expertise of available MA-International Affairs faculty in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Faculty advisors also can guide students to relevant courses offered by other academic units to round out their studies in multidisciplinary sub-areas.
This 30-credit-hour program may be completed in as little as 18 months and does not require language training. Course requirements are available here. Practical skills and academic knowledge are emphasized, and students must supplement their coursework with either a practicum or a thesis (6 credit hours). The practicum is a credit-bearing internship with an organization that has a focus related to international affairs. Students can obtain real-world experience, gain professional socialization, and cultivate career-ready skills useful in résumé-building and networking.
MTSU’s Department of Political Science and International Relations has placed practicum students as interns at governmental entities, non-government organizations (NGOs), and nonprofits such as: United Nations • U.S. State Department • U.S. Chamber of Commerce • Catholic Charities • Doctors Without Borders • Free for Life International • U.S. Secret Service • Jubilee USA Network • Resilient Communities • NASA • Youth Global Network • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation • Tennessee Department of Economics and Development
Thesis alternative: in lieu of a practicum, students intending to pursue a Ph.D. in a related discipline may opt to write and defend a thesis using original research on an international affairs topic selected in consultation with a faculty supervisor.