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Marquette University offers one of the top M.A. programs in International Affairs in the United States. The program is at the same time rigorous and flexible, and it provides a strong foundation for further graduate or law study, as well as for careers in government or in non-governmental organizations which require an understanding of international politics and political economy.

The M.A. program requires 30 credits of graduate-level work. International Affairs students concentrate their coursework in the following two fields.

Students are required to take two types of graduate seminars -- core seminars and research seminars -- although students also have ability to take upper level undergraduate courses in the Political Science Department for graduate credit, “cognate” courses outside the department, and independent study courses designed by student and the supervising professor.

Core Seminars and Research Seminars

Core seminars in Comparative Politics (POSC 6401) and International Politics (POSC 6601) survey the scholarly literature in each field, while the research methods course (POSC 6101) provides students with an overview of various data collection and analysis techniques. International Affairs M.A. students are required to take POSC 6101, 6401, and 6601. Students in the International Affairs program concentrate their remaining course work in comparative and international politics courses. Research seminars concentrate on a more narrowly-focused research question or questions in a

Cognate Courses and Upper-Level Undergraduate Courses

Of the 30 credits counted toward the M.A. degree, 9 can come from outside the Department of Political Science. These "cognate" courses allow students to pursue topics related to their field of study in other disciplines through courses taught by other departments at Marquette University. The 9 cognate credits can also include American politics or political philosophy courses within the Department if they are related to international affairs. Our M.A. students can also take a limited number of upper-level undergraduate courses on topics of particular interest to them. The student and professor agree on an additional set of requirements for the course in that case, and the credits count toward the 30 required for the M.A. degree.


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