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    Oct 25, 2020  
American University Catalog 2019-2020 
    
American University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Affairs (MA): Global Governance, Politics, and Security


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Offered by School of International Service,  the Global Governance, Politics, and Security (GGPS) program gives students the professional skills and specialized training necessary to launch a career in global governance or global security. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the critical global issues of our time. Our mission is to produce students with an understanding of global history and political and economic systems and the methodological tools and the practical skills to make sense of data and turn rigorous analysis into meaningful policy innovation and practical action to advance global governance and security.

Admission to the Program


Applicants must hold an accredited bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least a B+ (3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale) and should have had at least 24 credit hours of social science coursework relevant to international studies. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements, if otherwise admissible, may be assigned additional coursework in excess of degree requirements specified at the time of admission.

The application deadline for fall admission is January 15; for spring admission October 1 (September 15 for international students). Admitted students may defer matriculation for no longer than two semesters provided that a written request for deferment is submitted to and approved by the SIS Graduate Admissions Office.

A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is optional.  Applicants who have completed the exam are welcome to submit their scores as part of their application. Non-native English speakers are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they hold a degree from a U.S.-accredited institution before enrollment at SIS. The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the Internet-based test (iBT) or 600 on the paper-based test (PBT). The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.

All applicants must submit two letters of reference evaluating undergraduate academic performance and suitability for graduate study in international affairs, at least one of which should be from an academic source. A resume should be included in the application. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended. Cultural factors are considered in evaluating transcripts and examination results.

Requests for the transfer of a maximum of 6 graduate credit hours from other accredited institutions to be applied to a master’s degree must be completed in the student’s first semester in the graduate program at American University. A minimum grade of B in each course is required for transfer. Transfer courses must have been completed within five years of admission and must fulfill stated requirements of the degree program.

Degree Requirements


  • 36 credit hours of approved graduate coursework
  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA required to remain in good academic standing and to earn the degree
  • Evidence of professional experience in the field: Relevant internship or work experience must be certified
  • Proficiency in a modern foreign language: Research competence in English and another language relevant to the student’s career objectives must be certified
  • Capstone Experience: Completion of coursework that clearly relates to the field of Global Governance, Politics, and Security via one of the following:
    • Practicum: 3 credit hours, with grade of B or better
    • Substantial Research Paper: 3 credit hours, with grade of B or better
    • Master’s Thesis: 3-6 credit hours and submission of the thesis

Course Requirements


Social Science Research Methodology (6 credit hours)


Methods II


  • 3 credit hours of approved methodology coursework appropriate to the student’s research and career interests

Concentration (15 credit hours)


Complete one of the following concentrations:

Capstone (3 credit hours)


Complete one of the following:

Note: The thesis or substantial research paper must relate clearly to the fields of global security or global governance.

Thesis


Complete 3-6 credit hours from the following, which may include 3 elective credit hours:

Substantial Research Paper


Complete 3 credit hours from one of the following, with grade of B or better:

Practicum


Complete 3 credit hours from the following, with grade of B or better:

International Affairs (MA): Global Governance, Politics, and Security and Business Administration (MBA)


For approved dual degree program, see International Affairs (MA): Global Governance, Politics, and Security and Business Administration (MBA) .

International Affairs (MA) and Juris Doctor (JD)


For approved dual degree program, see International Affairs (MA) and Juris Doctor (JD) .

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