The M.A. in International Affairs program is designed for working adult students with professional interests in:
•international economics, trade and business
•international law and politics
•environment and technology issues
Students choose the courses that match their interests.
Many students in this 30-credit program complete the Master's degree in two years.
Courses are offered during fall, spring, and summer in the late afternoons and evenings. Faculty include Washington University faculty and corporate specialists.
Advanced Certificate in International Affairs RequirementsFor the 15-unit Advanced Certificate, you must take two international issues and two foreign area-studies courses. The fifth course may be chosen from the I.A. curriculum or a related area. All courses must be on the 400 (graduate) level or above. Tuition rates and application procedures are the same as for the 30-credit M.A. degree. For details on the Advanced Certificate in International Affairs, click here.
Admission to the Master of Arts degree program in International Affairs is open on a selective basis to qualified persons with a baccalaureate degree who seek to augment their professional training with part-time study in international affairs.
To apply to the program, please submit:
•a completed Application for Graduate Admission form, including an essay of 300-350 words describing your interest in and qualifications for the program;
•a non-refundable $35 application fee;
•Official transcripts of all previous college work (undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate); (University College can request the transcript(s) on your behalf, click here for the transcript release form)
•Three academic or corporate letters of recommendation; (click here for reference form)
•a recent writing sample;
•we strongly recommend a personal interview.
Admissions preference will be given to applicants with a strong undergraduate record and several years of professional and/or international experience. In addition, successful applicants are expected to possess good writing and critical thinking skills. Previous course work in economics, history, and/or political science is helpful, although no specific undergraduate courses are required.
Admission Time Line
University College and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences review completed applications and make admissions decisions on a rolling basis. The process typically takes four to six weeks, and so we urge applicants to submit their materials by the following schedule in order to ensure a timely decision: mid-November for spring; mid-April for summer; mid-July for fall. If you plan to apply for federal financial aid, please note that this process can take six to eight weeks. It is suggested that applicants begin by completing their FAFSA at the time of application. For additional information about Financial Aid and step-by-step Financial Aid application instructions, click here. Qualified students may take up to six units on a non-degree basis. To do so, fill out and submit this Graduate Unclassified Study Program Application form.
Total Number of Credits for Graduation
30 credits of graduate (400-level and above) course work is required for the M.A. degree. A maximum of 6 credits of related and comparable graduate-level course work may be transferred from another university or from a related graduate program at Washington University with the approval of the program director. These must be graduate-level units not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Transfer credit may be granted only for authorized courses for which the student received a grade of B or higher.
Students must successfully complete an introductory seminar, Current Issues in International Affairs (3 credits), early in their program of study. In addition to completing Current Issues in International Affairs, students also must complete a minimum of four other International Affairs seminars (minimum 12 credits), to count as distribution requirements or electives as noted below. The remaining courses may be may be chosen from International Affairs seminars or other graduate-level courses authorized by the program director in economics, history, political science, foreign languages, or other related areas.
The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.