May 28, 2023  
2017-18 Graduate Catalog 
2017-18 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Affairs, International Development and Globalization, M.A.

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Andrei Korobkov, Program Director
(615) 898-2945

The Department of Political Science and International Relations  offers the Master of Arts degree in International Affairs with concentrations in International Security and Peace Studies and International Development and Globalization and a minor in Political Science at the graduate level.

The department also offers the Accelerated Bachelor to Masters (ABM), a program designed for MTSU undergraduate students who can receive both a B.S. and M.A. within a five-year period by enrolling in the program during their junior year. For more information, please visit science/abm.php.

For the most current information about the program and the department, please visit the department web site at

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions will be made after reviewing all materials and determining the applicant’s capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study. Admission decisions are based upon consideration of a number of criteria which are believed to indicate a high potential in the graduate program.

Admission to the Master of Arts in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Globalization program requires

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, including at least 18 hours of undergraduate courses in political science, international relations, or related disciplines (including, for example, courses in international relations theory, research methods, and comparative politics);
  2. a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for all college work taken;
  3. satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Application deadline: Applications for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by March 31, and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with appropriate application fee (online at;
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit three (3) letters of recommendation from professors or professionals that address the applicant’s potential to successfully complete a master’s program in International Affairs;
  5. submit a statement of interest stating reason for applying to the program, academic interest, and professional goals.

Degree Requirements

Candidate must

  1. complete at least 36 semester hours of graduate-level designated courses in international affairs, with at least 70 percent of the hours at the 6000 level;
  2. successfully pass a comprehensive examination;
  3. fulfill a foreign language requirement in any of the following ways:
    1. complete 12 undergraduate semester hours in one foreign language;
    2. earn at least a C grade in any upper-division undergraduate foreign language course taught in the language and requiring translation;
    3. pass a written examination in the language administered by the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department;
    4. earn a grade of B or better in GERM 5990, FREN 5990, or SPAN 5990; or
    5. complete a three-month intensive language program in an accredited foreign language institute with passing certification.

Curriculum: International Affairs, International Development and Globalization

 Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Concentration Requirements (18 hours)

Guided Interdisciplinary Electives (6 hours)

  • Approved by advisor

Thesis or Practicum (6 hours)

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

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