There are many schools across the country with graduate programs related to international affairs. Courses typically cover world policy and administration, and students often have the option to choose a concentration that fits their career interests.
Top 10 Graduate Schools for International Affairs
Here's a list of the some of the top schools offering applicable programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Harvard University||Cambridge, Massachusetts||4-year, Private||Master's, doctorate||$41,832|
|Stanford University||Stanford, California||4-year, Private||Master's||$45,729|
|Princeton University||Princeton, New Jersey||4-year, Private||Master's, doctorate||$43,450|
|Columbia University||New York, New York||4-year, Private||Master's||$42,280|
|University of California - San Diego||La Jolla, California||4-year, Public||Master's, doctorate||In-state: $11,220, Out-of-state: $26,322|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, Michigan||4-year, Public||Master's||In-state: $20,638 Out-of-state: $41,688|
|New York University||New York, New York||4-year, Private||Master's||$38,592|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, Ohio||4-year, Public||Master's, doctorate||In-state: $11,560 Out-of-state $31,032|
|Yale University||New Haven, Connecticut||4-year, Private||Master's||$38,700|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Madison, Wisconsin||4-year, Public||Master's||In-state: $10,728 Out-of-state $24,054|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Prospective students looking for international affairs graduate schools may want to consider:
- Schools can have different areas of specialization, which can include regions, such as the Middle East or Asia, or topic areas like security policy, trade, political economy and journalism.
- If looking for professional work in international affairs, an M.A. is probably the way to go, whereas if you seek the chance to conduct and publish research, a Ph.D. may better suit you.
- Some schools might have joint programs, including M.A. and MBA or M.A. and Juris Doctor (J.D.) programs, for those interested in business and law, respectively.
- Look at what study abroad, internship and international travel opportunities a university affords its students.
Master's Degree Overview
A master's degree program in international affairs takes 1-2 years to complete, depending on requirements. Examples of common courses include public administration, international politics, quantitative methods and foreign policy. Some programs require an international experience, a field experience or a thesis project.
Students in a graduate international affairs program gain an understanding of international politics and policy. When selecting a school, students should have a focus in mind and find out if they will have opportunities for research or direct experiences.