M.S. in International Affairs


The Master's of Science in International Affairs program provides the theoretical and methodological skills to demystify the major issues confronting the world today. Students have the opportunity to tailor the program to their individual interests through elective offerings in the School and interdisciplinary work in economics, management, public policy, computer science, engineering, and other fields. We encourage internships that provide relevant work experience and participation in overseas programs.

The Nunn School's exceptional faculty conduct research on a range of topics in the fields of international political economy, comparative politics, and international security policy. In addition, faculty members possess strong regional expertise in East Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The level of experience and diversity of interests among the faculty offer an extensive and enriching educational experience. The Nunn School also hosts a variety of programs that allow close interaction with scholars and practitioners of international affairs.

All qualified persons are equally welcome to seek admission to the Master's of Science in International Affairs (MSIA) Program at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. The School admits approximately thirty-five to forty graduate students each fall. Since the number of eligible applicants generally far exceeds the number of admission spots available, satisfying minimum admissions standards does not guarantee admission. Many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated. The Graduate Review Committee will examine each applicant and determine the admissions decision. Notification of admission will be sent to all applicants via e-mail. Please include a functional e-mail address on your admission application. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, or national origin.

The criteria used in determining each applicant’s eligibility for consideration shall include:

  • Evidence of award of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution

  • For international applicants only: satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The committee makes the final admission decisions based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, and relevant work experience.

Additional information about tuition, GRE and TOEFL scores, the application process, financial aid, and international student information is available via the graduate admissions website.

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