What will I learn?

The analysis of government and international affairs during the 21st century clearly constitutes a complex and interdisciplinary set of challenges. To be effective, such study requires knowledge from all of the social sciences and humanities. This program in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) draws insights from these areas of learning into the multidimensional study of governance processes in all levels of society and international affairs. The faculty and students in the Government and International Affairs (GIA) program work jointly to cultivate their experience, knowledge, and skill with regard to the governance practices, political institutions, social dynamics, cultural values, workplace conditions, spatial formations, historical trends, and ethical conflicts that intersect in the workings of government, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Therefore, methodological pluralism is the foundation of GIA's scholarly pursuits. This program approaches the challenges of governance and international affairs comparatively, empirically, and historically at each level of activity and analysis to see how the processes of globalization are being shaped and what their implications may be. We also consider carefully the requirements for more democratic governance of the economy and society. The faculty's key educational objectives are to conduct research, perform service, and train graduate students at both the master and doctoral levels of study in a manner that can engage the GIA program as well as the larger School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech in the public life of our nation and the world. Through this work, the GIA program contributes to the development of new knowledge, enhances global well-being, and prepares all its graduates with the latest skills for conducting their research, service, and teaching.

The Government and International Affairs Program offers two graduate degrees: a Master's in Public and International Affairs (MPIA), and a Ph.D. in the Governance & Globalization (G&G) Stream of the Planning, Governance & Globalization Ph.D. program (PG&G), which is a wide program in which most of the departments, programs, and schools in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies now participate. The goal of these two GIA graduate programs is to prepare SPIA graduates for a life-long, rich, and full engagement in public activity, continuing professional development, and effective service as academics, government officials, journalists or technical experts in the vitally important fields of government and international affairs. The overall unifying focus of the School of Public and International Affairs is directed at issues in politics, policy, planning, and practice. GIA students will work closely with faculty and students in the school's two sister programs Public Administration and Public Policy as well as Urban Affairs and Planning and those departments in the other collegiate units at Virginia Tech that can assist them with their education.

MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTERS DEGREE

Project and Report (Choice of Major Paper or Practicum)* Option

5000-6000 level courses 33 credit hours
5904 Project & Report 3 credit hours
or
5964 Field Work/Practicum 3 credit hours

Thesis Option

5000-6000 level courses 30 credit hours
5994 Research & Thesis 6 credit hours

Total Hours for all Capstone Options: 36 credit hours

Which department am I in?

College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,208.00 per year
USD $15,208 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 May 2022

Start date

23 May 2022, 6 July 2022

Venue

National Capital Region - Leesburg Campus

17690 Old Waterford Road,

ARLINGTON,

Virginia,

22203, United States

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,208.00 per year
USD $15,208 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 May 2022

Start date

23 May 2022, 6 July 2022

Venue

National Capital Region - Manassas Campus

9408 Prince William Street,

ARLINGTON,

Virginia,

22203, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum GPA: 3.0.

For international students

Admission to the Graduate School is contingent upon receipt of a four year (or 3 year degree recognized by the Bologna process) bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and the presentation of evidence of potential to pursue graduate work.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Testing Requirements:

TOEFL iBT 105.0; Essay Writing : 26.0

Paper 620.0; Essay Writing Score : 4.5

Computer 260.0; Essay Writing : 4.5

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: Aug 01; Spring: Jan 01; Summer I: May 01; Summer II: Jun 01.

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

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