Graduate Programs Brochure

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If you are looking for a vibrant academic community — one with a global perspective and a commitment to the public good — then look no further than Washington, DC, and GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

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International Affairs

photo: Marcus King
Marcus King, Program Director

Globalization of economic, political, social and cultural activity has created new opportunities and challenges for tomorrow's leaders in international affairs. Rarely have we lived in such an uncertain world, one in which the need for increased international understanding and cooperation has become essential, not simply necessary.

The Elliott School's M.A. program in International Affairs is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the contemporary issues in international affairs while also developing a in-depth knowledge of at least one or more specialized area. Students may choose for their specialization from among several global issues field or one of the regions of the world. The program also offers the possibility to specialize in more than one field.Graduates of the program have followed a wide variety of exciting careers in diplomacy and public service, business, security, conflict resolution, development and public health.

Program Director: Marcus King
Program Assistant: Oriana Piña

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Suite 501
Telephone: (202) 994-7137

For all admissions enquiries, please contact:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Suite 301
Telephone: (202) 994-7050

Nuclear Policy

Core Coursework (12 credits required):

IAFF 6175 Nuclear Weapons

Study Abroad

Students in the International Affairs M.A. program are encouraged to study abroad for a semester, summer, or for other short programs as an integral part of their degree.

International Affairs Program Careers

The Elliott School's office of Graduate Student Career Development provides career advising services to all graduate students and alumni from the day of arrival thr


Many of the same experts you see, hear, and read in the national and international news media will be teaching your classes.


The capstone requires two semesters of work (4-credits total), with capstone workshop, IAFF 6898, offered as a 1-credit course, followed by a 3-credit capstone project, IAFF 6899.

Thesis Option

Exceptional students may choose this option. A student must obtain approval from the Dean and must have:

Middle East

A major field with a regional focus on the Middle East consists of 12 credits (four 3-credit classes), as described below:

Latin America

Core Courses

Choose at least two

ANTH — Any 6000-level Anthropology course approved by the Program Director


Asian studies concentrators must take four courses from at least three of the following groupings:


Select four courses from the list below. At least two (6 credits), must come from the core courses list.

Major Fields: Regional Focus

Major fields in the International Affairs program consist of at least four courses selected from one of the following regional areas.

Major Fields: Global Issues

Major fields in the International Affairs program consist of at least four courses selected from one of the following global issues or region

U.S. Foreign Policy

Choose four courses, at least one must be from the 'Core Course' list:

Core Courses

International Law and Organizations

ECON 6295 Economics of the European Union

International Affairs and Development

Required Courses

choose one (3 credits)

You are required to take one of the following (any of these courses may also be used as supporting courses):

International Security Studies

Required course: (3 credits)

PSC 6349 International Security Politics

Global Health

Required Course: 3 credits

PUBH 6400 Global Health Frameworks

Core Field

The core field consists of three to four required courses (9-12 credits) in international affairs, history, and economics.


The multidisciplinary 40-credit M.A. program in International Affairs includes: