Originally designed over three decades ago to provide advanced educational support to active-duty military in the capital region, the M.A. in International Affairs program now provides this support to active and reserve members of all the armed services and civilians employed by federal and local government agencies as well as private businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Classes are conducted in the early evening off-campus at the Hall of States near Union Station and Capitol Hill. Small class size facilitates student interchange with each other and with the instructor. The program provides an instructional blend of both highly respected and internationally known academics with successful individuals who have a wealth of practical experience in their respective fields. Students pursuing a master’s degree are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework.

Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in International Affairs rather than the master’s degree must complete four semester courses or 12 credit hours of graduate study.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the program can be found in senior public and private positions that literally span the globe. Graduates hold command and staff positions throughout the military services and have been Fellows for the Council on Foreign Relations, Defense Attachés, Senior Fellows at Harvard University, special assistants to Presidential Cabinet Secretaries, senior staff for Members of Congress and congressional committees, and advisors to foreign governments.