What will I learn?

The MA Global Policy degree is a two-year Master’s program consisting of 33 credits that is open to students with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. An undergraduate international policy degree is not essential for admission. SPIA is much more concerned with an applicant’s capacity for graduate study, demonstrated by the quality of previous academic work and professional experience, and their commitment to an international career. However, applicants must exhibit research ability, have a strong foundation in economics, and demonstrate competence in a second language. Students may choose a concentration in either Environmental Policy, Security and Foreign Policy, Trade and Commerce, or Climate Policy.

International Security and Foreign Policy (15-18 credits)
This concentration equips students with fundamental theoretical and analytical knowledge necessary for professional research, management, and policy positions in both governmental and non-governmental organizations. The concentration takes a multidisciplinary approach to international security and foreign policy, stressing analytical skills, research methods, threat assessment and mitigation, decision-making processes and organizational management, as well as many of the defining substantive security issues of the 21st century.

All students in this concentration will be required to take: SPI 574 Conduct of US Foreign Policy and POS 475 International Security (both described below), and will be required to take three to four additional courses at the 400 or higher level. In planning a program of study, please keep in mind that graduates need special permission from the Graduate School to use more than 6 credits at the 400 level towards a Masters degree.

Which department am I in?

Graduate School

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$22,545.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2022


Graduate School

5775 Stodder Hall,



04469, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or the equivalent.

For international students

Applicants hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or the equivalent.

Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Maine Graduate School accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency.

IELTS - Minimum Score: 6.5

TOEFL (IBT) - Minimum Score: 80

PTE - Minimum Score: 60

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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