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MA in International Affairs with Specialization in International Communication Boston University



Course info


The Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) is a versatile two-year program that prepares students to pursue a wide range of careers in the field of international relations, including in national governments and a wide range of IGOs and NGOs. The program includes core coursework that covers the fundamentals of international relations scholarship, quantitative research methods, the workings of the global economy, and the practice of diplomacy and negotiation. In addition to the core classes, students choose a specialization that allows them to develop in-depth knowledge in a chosen issue area, and write a capstone MA paper. They can also demonstrate expertise in a region by earning a graduate certificate through one of the Pardee School’s regional centers and programs.

The curriculum ensures that graduates emerge with a comprehensive perspective on international issues and a clear understanding of the means by which these issues are researched, discussed, and acted upon. There is also a strong emphasis on developing students’ skills in writing policy-relevant documents.

Course Requirements

The MA in International Affairs with Specialization in International Communication requires a total of 64 credits. In addition to the course requirements listed below, remaining credits should be fulfilled through approved elective courses. Elective coursework may include up to two undergraduate or graduate language courses (8 credits).

Core Course Requirements (20 credits)

GRS IR 601 Fundamentals of International Relations

GRS IR 602 Quantitative Analysis for Global Affairs

GRS IR 603 Economics for Global Policy

GRS IR 604 Negotiation and Diplomacy

GRS IR 799 MAIA Paper Workshop (Directed Study)

Specialization in International Communication Course Requirements (24 credits)

CAS IR 531 Intercultural Communication

GRS IR 732 Public Diplomacy

COM CM 831 International Communication

12 additional credits from a set of approved courses or other courses with pre-approval from the Director of Graduate Studies

Course options

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Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

$54,720.00 (40,10,943) per year


21 Jan, 02 Sep


Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

121 Bay State Road,



02215, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Eligibility: Any well-qualified person with a four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university or with equivalent international education, at the time of enrollment, may apply for admission to the Pardee School of Global Studies; Applicants who have a three-year bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) may apply.

English proficiency

Minimum TOEFL Requirements - paper-based test: 550; internet-based test: Reading section – 21, Listening section – 21, Speaking section – 21, Writing section – 21.

Minimum IELTS Requirements - he overall band score of 7.0 is required for admission to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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