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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Students complete a total of 12 courses (48 credit hours). Four courses (16 credit hours) of core course work, four courses (16 credit hours) in a concentration, four courses (16 credit hour) of professional development course work, and demonstrated language proficiency in at least one modern language, other than English, are required.

Core Courses

Students are required to complete four core courses (16 credit hours). The core courses are designed to introduce students to foundational approaches to diplomatic studies, international relations, international political economy and sustainable urban development.

  • APD 400 Diplomacy: Its Foundations and Futures
  • INT 402 International Political Economy
  • MPS 511 Sustainable Urban Development
  • PSC 400 Theories of International Relations

Concentration Courses

Students must also complete four concentration courses (16 credit hours). Upon declaring a concentration, students will be assigned an advisor with whom they should consult regarding course selection and experiential learning options congruent with their interests. Advisors will also serve as mentors for students as they build professional portfolios. Students can choose from among of the following concentrations:

  • Diplomacy and International Public Service
  • Diplomacy and Global Public Health
  • Urban Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy and Migration
  • Diplomacy and Critical Ethnic Studies
  • Critical Approaches to Diplomacy

Professional Development and Experiential Learning

Students will take four courses in this component of the curriculum, which includes courses in data analysis/statistics, foreign language, GIS, and health practice, among others. Experiential learning courses, such as internships or Study Abroad may be used to fulfill up to two of the four required courses. In addition, graduate courses in Modern Languages may count here, as deemed appropriate to the student’s plan of study. These include:

  • GEO 441 Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Community Development
  • GEO 442 Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Sustainable Urban Development
  • GEO 447 WebGIS and Spatial Data Analysis on the Web
  • GEO 446 Health GIS
  • MPS 500 Introduction to Public Service Management
  • MPS 508 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • MPS 515 Nonprofit Financial Administration
  • MPS 519 Resource Development
  • MPS 520 Values-Centered Leadership
  • MPS 521 Leadership and Management
  • MPS 522 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
  • MPS 526 Local Government Administration
  • MPS 533 Applied Statistics for Public Service
  • MPS 541 Economic Foundations of Public Service
  • MPS 546 Advocacy and Lobbying
  • MPS 554 Principles of Emergency Management and Planning
  • MPS 564 Public Safety Administration and Planning
  • MPS 575 Seminar in Administration/Brussels
  • MPS 594 Ethical Leadership in Public Service
  • MPS 610 International Professional Leadership
  • SOC 402 Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • SOC 404 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 411 Social Research
  • SOC 412 Data Analysis
  • SOC 413 Qualitative Methods
  • SOC 423 Research in Urban Areas
  • SOC 466 Social Movements
  • SUD 404 Urban Design Laboratory
  • WGS 464 Political Autobiography
  • WRD 507 Global Englishes
  • WRD 526 Grant and Proposal Writing
  • WRD 531 Digital Storytelling

Language Requirement

MA students must have proficiency in at least one modern language other than English. Students may demonstrate this proficiency by submitting one or more of the following items to the program director:

  • International BA transcripts
  • Domestic BA transcripts with a major in a modern language other than English
  • Documentation of completion of one graduate course in the target language with a B+ or higher grade
  • ACTFL proficiency written and oral exams at the Intermediate High level