Master of Arts in Strategic and International Studies (Professional)

36 Credit Hours

The Master of Arts in Strategic and International Studies (Professional) is designed for professionals with five to seven years of relevant work experience. The curriculum provides a comprehensive study of the theory and practice of international relations, including both historical and contemporary perspectives. Students enrolled in this program will study all of the elements of statecraft with the objective of integrating these into an overall national strategy.

Required courses:

  • IWP 627 International Relations, Statecraft, and Integrated Strategy (4 credits) 
  • IWP 659 Al Qaeda's Enemy Threat Doctrine (4 credits)
  • IWP 620 Twentieth Century Politics and Diplomacy (4 credits)
  • IWP 615 Western Moral Tradition OR IWP 608 American Founding Principles OR IWP 606 Ideas and Values in International Politics (4 Credits)
  • Two Courses in Statecraft (4 credits each)
    • IWP 661 Diplomacy: Challenges of the 21st Century
    • IWP 609 Economic Statecraft and Conflict
    • IWP 631 Foreign Propaganda, Perceptions, and Policy OR IWP 637 Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare
    • IWP 605 Intelligence and Policy
    • IWP 628 Military Strategy
    • IWP 601 National Security Policy Process
    • IWP 625 Peace, Strategy, and Conflict Resolution
  • Two Courses in Choice of Specialization (4 credits each)
    • Intelligence
    • National Security and Defense Studies
    • Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare
    • American Foreign Policy
    • Comparative Political Culture
    • International Politics
  • IWP 634 Geography and Strategy (2 Credits)
  • IWP 642 Economics for Foreign Policy Makers (2 credits)

Admissions Criteria

The Admissions Committee evaluates each application for this degree with a focus on professional experience and leadership, ultimately assessing how your professional experiences have given you an extensive understanding of one of the elements of statecraft. This includes your individual and unique qualifications in the following:

Professional Background

The breadth and depth of your professional experience, your level of management responsibilities (e.g., strategy, operations, etc.), career progression and demonstrated leadership. The Professional MA applicant must have 5-7 years of relevant experience.

Integrated Intellectual Capabilities

Your potential to succeed academically as demonstrated through your academic record, letters of recommendation, professional experience, and understanding of intelligence, national security or international affairs at an integrated, strategic level.

The Admissions Committee seeks candidates who are considered high-potential leaders who have the desire to enhance the formulation and conduct of American national security policy.