Master's in International Affairs

Big picture education. Big picture world-view.

Marquette University offers one of the top master's in international affairs graduate programs in the United States. The program is as rigorous as it is flexible, and 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.



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

Comparative Politics

  • Political economy
  • Development
  • Public policy
  • Nationalism, and democratization
  • Area specializations include Western Europe, East and South Asia, Russia and Eastern Europe, Latin America; on an occasional basis, the Middle East and Africa

International Politics

  • International relations
  • Organizations
  • Law, and human rights
  • International political economy
  • Globalism and crime
  • National and international security
  • Nationalism
  • Foreign policies of countries and regions listed above

Accelerated Degree and Dual Masters Program Options

International Affairs is offered as an Accelerated Degree program, which allows undergraduate Marquette students to earn their bachelor's and master's degree in five years.

In conjunction with the Law School, students also can pursue a dual master of arts-juris doctor (M.A.-J.D.) program in political science or international affairs. Through the combined program, full-time students can complete the juris doctor and master of arts degrees in only four years.

Furthermore, law school graduates can pursue an accelerated master of arts degree through awards of transfer credit for work completed as part of the juris doctor degree. Dual degree programs are also available in conjunction with the communication and the business administration graduate programs.


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Application Deadline

Applicants to the Political Science & International Affairs master’s programs are encouraged to submit their applications by the financial aid consideration deadline. The deadlines for financial aid consideration are Feb. 15 for the following fall term and Nov. 15 for the following spring term. After these deadlines, applicants will be considered on a rolling basis as space permits.

 Application Requirements

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  • GRE test scores (general test only) are required. Waived for domestic students with an overall GPA of 3.500 or above.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • For international applicants only: an overall minimum TOEFL score of 100 or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

Financial Aid

This department offers two sorts of financial aid, research assistantships (RA) and tuition scholarships. For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid webpage. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

Trinity Fellows Program

Students interested in the International Affairs master's program may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.