May 19, 2024  
2020-21 Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Affairs, M.A.

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John Maynor, Program Director
(615) 494-8758

The Department of Political Science and International Relations  offers the Master of Arts degree in International Affairs and a minor in Political Science at the graduate level.

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 program requires

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale for all college work taken.

Application Procedures

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with appropriate application fee (online at Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. 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;
  4. submit a statement of interest stating reason for applying to the program, academic interest, and professional goals.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in International Affairs requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours.

Candidate must

  1. complete at least 30 semester hours of graduate-level designated courses in international affairs, with at least 70 percent of the hours at the 6000 level;
  2. successfully complete a professional portfolio including a practicum.

Curriculum: International Affairs

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Guided Electives (12 hours)

  • Advisor-approved graduate electives 12 credit hours

Practicum or Thesis (6 hours)

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