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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.

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.

Hold for Degree Requirements 

Core Classes

Course Title Quarter Hours
APD 400DIPLOMACY: ITS FOUNDATIONS AND FUTURES4
INT 402INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY4
MPS 511SUSTAINABLE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT4
PSC 400THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS4

 Professional Development & Experiential Learning

Course Title Quarter Hours
Choose four from the following:16
GEO 441
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
GEO 442
GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT
GEO 446
HEALTH GIS
GEO 447
WEB GIS AND SPATIAL DATA VISUALIZATION ON THE WEB
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
STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/INSTITUTIONS
MPS 594
ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC SERVICE
MPS 610
INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP
SOC 402
STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
SOC 404
CLASSICAL AND MODERN THEORY
SOC 411
SOCIAL RESEARCH
SOC 412
DATA ANALYSIS
SOC 413
QUALITATIVE METHODS
SOC 423
RESEARCH ON URBAN CULTURES
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

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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

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