International Affairs, MA

Amilcar Barreto, PhD
Graduate Program Director
a.barreto@northeastern.edu
201 Renaissance Park
617.373.2783

Jenn Mocarski
Graduate Program Administrator
j.mocarski@northeastern.edu
310 Renaissance Park
617.373.2891

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 tracks—globalization, development, and social justice; and international public policy—as well as global and regional electives, this graduate program allows students to pursue a variety of themes.

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.

General Requirements

Political Economy
INTL 5200Political Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives3
Social Science Methods
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Microeconomic Theory
Macroeconomic Theory
International Finance
Research and Statistical Methods
Research Design
Quantitative Techniques
Statistical Methods of Sociology
Research Methods
Seminar in Qualitative Analysis
Public Policy
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
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

Tracks

Complete one of the following tracks:

Required Electives

Global Issues Elective
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Global Criminology
Globalization of Crime and Justice
Legal History around the World
Space and Place
Research Seminar in Global Environmental History
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Nationalism
Genocide in a Comparative Perspective
Ecological Economics
Urban and Regional Policy in Developing Countries
Climate Change and Urbanization in Developing Countries
International Development Administration and Planning
Political Ecology of Global Capitalism
Regional Elective
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
20th-Century China: Revolutionary Change in a Global Context
Colonialism in Contemporary Africa
Topics in Middle Eastern History
Europe and European Union Governance
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy
Government and Politics of Latin America
Government and Politics of Africa
Transatlantic Relations
Open Electives 1
Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
Global Criminology
Globalization of Crime and Justice
20th-Century China: Revolutionary Change in a Global Context
Legal History around the World
Colonialism in Contemporary Africa
Space and Place
Topics in Middle Eastern History
Research Seminar in Global Environmental History
Seminar: Modern Colonialism
Global Justice
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Contemporary Issues in Third World Development
Democratization and Governance
Nationalism
Genocide in a Comparative Perspective
Europe and European Union Governance
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy
Government and Politics of Latin America
Government and Politics of Africa
Transatlantic Relations
Ecological Economics
Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy
Urban and Regional Policy in Developing Countries
Internship in Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Practicum
Climate Change and Urbanization in Developing Countries
International Development Administration and Planning
Directed Study
Queer Theory: Sexualities, Genders, Politics
Globalization, Development, and Social Justice
Gender and Globalization
Gender and Social Movements
Globalization and the City
Political Ecology of Global Capitalism
1

Electives may also be chosen from any other track or elective category. Six of the twelve credits may be fulfilled by a thesis. 

International Public Policy Track

Global Governance
POLS 7387Global Governance3
International Public Policy Electives
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Terrorism and International Crime
Seminar in International Relations
Contemporary Political Thought
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Democratization and Governance
Comparative Political Economy
International Political Economy
International Law
International Security
Comparative Public Policy and Administration

Globalization, Development, and Social Justice Track

Globalization, Development, and Social Justice
SOCL 7221Globalization, Development, and Social Justice3
Globalization, Development, and Social Justice Electives
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Seminar: Modern Colonialism
Global Justice
Contemporary Issues in Third World Development
Democratization and Governance
Queer Theory: Sexualities, Genders, Politics
Gender and Globalization
Gender and Social Movements
Globalization and the City

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

36 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required