International Affairs, MA

Jeffrey Juris, PhD
Graduate Program Director
201 Renaissance Park

Julie Switkes
Graduate Program Administrator
310 Renaissance Park

CSSH Graduate Programs General Regulations

We live in an increasingly interconnected global environment where people, goods, ideas, and conflicts traverse borders with rising frequency. Leaders in the activist, policy, and academic spheres must learn not only how to critically analyze these phenomena but also to envisage harnessing their constructive potential. The Master of Arts in International Affairs is an interdisciplinary graduate program dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s global citizens.

A holistic approach to enhancing our understanding of the world must span the limits of any one academic field and embrace cross-disciplinary analytical competencies. Spanning several social sciences and humanities, our courses are taught by leading scholars who research democratization, gender, globalization, ethnic conflict and cooperation, human rights and international law, international relations, social activism, social justice, and many other topics. Through its core courses, its two thematic emphases—globalization, development, and social justice and international public policy—as well as global, policy, and methodological electives, this graduate program allows students to pursue a variety of themes.

The master's program offers an optional cooperative education experience (“co-op”) to eligible students. Cooperative education is central to both the Northeastern experience and to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities experiential liberal arts framework. Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem provides qualified master's students with six-month work experiences in businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies in Boston and across the United States. Graduate students take their work from campus learning spaces, apply their knowledge outside of the classroom, and then bring knowledge and skills gained in community learning spaces back to our campus learning spaces during the cocurricular experiential integration course.

Academic Standing/Progress 

Students in the program are monitored for academic progress. Those students whose grade-point average (GPA) falls below a 3.000 are notified by and meet with the director of academic programs. They are counseled that if their GPA does not rise to a 3.000 or higher, they run the risk of not graduating and are advised on strategies for improvement. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

Political Economy
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Global Governance
Globalization, Development, and Social Justice
Social Science Methods
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Microeconomic Theory
Macroeconomic Theory
International Finance
Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Statistical Analysis
Research and Statistical Methods
Research Design
Quantitative Techniques
Research Methods
Seminar in Qualitative Analysis
Public Policy
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Economic Institutions and Analysis
Techniques of Policy Analysis
Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager
Techniques of Program Evaluation
Nonprofit Organizations and Social Change
Nonprofit Financial Resource Development


Selected in consultation with faculty advisor.

Complete 20 semester hours from the following:20
LPSC 5000 to LPSC 7999
PPUA 5000 to PPUA 7999
CRIM 5000 to CRIM 7999 (by advisement only)
ECON 5000 to ECON 7999 (by advisement only)
ENGL 5000 to ENGL 7999 (by advisement only)
HIST 5000 to HIST 7999 (by advisement only)
POLS 5000 to POLS 7999 (by advisement only)
SOCL 5000 to SOCL 7999 (by advisement only)

Optional Co-op Experience

Requires two consecutive semesters of Co-op Work Experience and Experiential Integration:2
Co-op Work Experience
and Experiential Integration

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

36 total semester hours required (38 with optional co-op)
Minimum 3.000 GPA required