Master's Program Degree Requirements

General Requirements

For the Master's of Science in International Affairs degree, students must:

  • Complete forty-two credits of coursework. See our graduate degree checklist.

  • Demonstrate foreign language familiarity through completion of two years of foreign language study in the same language, preferably before entering the program.

  • Demonstrate economics literacy through completion of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics, preferably before entering the program.

  • Demonstrate technology literacy through completion of one approved technology course such as computer programming, database design and operation, spreadsheet development and operation, simulation model design and use, development and use of geographic information or cartography systems, or operation of large computer systems/computer networks


Economics Requirements

Each MSIA student must demonstrate economics literacy by successful completion of courses in microeconomics, macroeconomic, and international economics either prior to entering the program or during the MSIA program. Students may also complete equivalent courses at other institutions. There are several options for completing the economics requirements.

Course Options

  • Macroeconomics Take Econ 2100, 2105, or 6106 (see note below)

  • Microeconomics Take Econ 2100, 2106, or 6105 (see note below)

Micro/Macro options:

Instead of taking two separate classes for micro and macro, students can take one class to count for both. To take advantage of this option, take either Econ 2100 (Econ analysis and policy problems) or Econ 6100 (Economic analysis for managers). 2100 will fulfill your micro AND macro prerequisite requirement but will not count as a course towards graduation because the level is too low.

International Econ:

If you take Econ 6650 or 6431, note the prerequisites include Econ 6100 or both 6105 and 6106. If you take 4311 or 4350, the prerequisites are Econ 2100 or both 2105 and 2106.

Rules and Regulations:

2000-level courses will fulfill the economics requirement but will not count toward the forty-two credits you need to graduate.

Only two courses at the 3000/4000 level will count towards the forty-two credits you need to graduate.

All courses at the 3000 and 4000 level must be for a letter grade to count towards the degree.

No more than one graduate elective can be taken pass/fail. Economics classes are considered electives and may be taken pass/fail at the graduate level.


Language Requirements

In addition to forty-two semester hours of course work, students must demonstrate foreign language familiarity. Foreign language familiarity is defined as a minimum of two years of college-level work in a single language. If not fulfilled prior to admission, this requirement can be fulfilled while in residence or can be demonstrated through an examination taken in the School of Modern Languages. All modern languages are acceptable. Latin is not an acceptable substitution.

Currently, language courses at Georgia Tech are only available at the undergraduate level. If you take language classes on the 1000 or 2000 level, they will count towards the language requirement, but not towards the forty-two credits needed to graduate. If you take language classes in the 3000 or 4000 level, they can count towards the graduate degree if taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail). Only two courses at the 3000/4000 level will count towards the forty-two credits you need to graduate. Students may take graduate-level language courses at other colleges through cross-enrollment, if the courses are available.


MSIA Mandatory Technology Requirement

All MSIA students must demonstrate technology literacy through completion of one approved technology course.

Rules and Regulations:

  • 1000- and 2000-level courses will fulfill the technology requirement but will not count toward the forty-two credits you need to graduate.

  • Only two courses at the 3000/4000 level will count towards the forty-two credits you need to graduate.

  • All courses at the 3000 and 4000 level must be for a letter grade to count towards the degree.

  • No more than one graduate elective can be taken pass/fail. Technology classes are considered electives and may be taken pass/fail at the graduate level.

INTA does not guarantee that all these classes will be offered every semester. Some require prerequisite courses and permits. For availability of courses, prerequisites, and permits, check OSCAR or consult the department offering the course. The classes listed are not the only courses that can count towards the requirement. 

Technology Requirements

Course ID Course Name
ARCH 4420 Introduction to Design Computing
BC 3630 Project Management I
BIOL 3332 Statistical and Mathematical Biology
COA 8676 Design and Engineering Databases
COA/CS 6764 Geometric Modeling
CP 4510 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
CP 6019 Quantitative and Computer Methods
CP 6514 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
CP 6531 Introduction to Remote Sensing
CS 4235 Introduction to Information Security
CS 6010 Principles of Design
CS/ME 6754 Engineering Database Management Systems
EAS 4430 Remote Sensing and Data Analysis
EAS 4610 Earth Systems Modeling
ID 3103 Industrial Design Computing I
ID 4103 Alias Studio I
LCC 3402 Graphic and Visual Design
LCC 3404 Designing for the Internet
LCC 3410 The Rhetoric of Nonlinear Documents
LCC 6111 Graphics and Internet Design
LCC 6112 Video Production
LCC 6113 Multimedia Design and Production
MGT 4051 Decision Support and Expert Systems
MGT 4052 Systems Analysis and Design
MGT 4058 Database Management Systems
MGT 4661 Database Management
MGT 6050 Management Information Systems
MGT 6051 Database Development and Applications
MGT 6052 Systems Analysis and Design
MGT 6054 International Issues in Information Technology Management
MGT 6055 Decision Support and Expert Systems
MGT 6056 Electronic Commerce
ME 6102 Designing Open Engineering Systems
ME 6103 Optimization in Engineering Design
ME 6104 Computer-Aided Design
MUSI 4630 Music Recording and Mixing
PHYS 3266 Computational Physics