Master of Arts in International Studies


     


IF YOU WANT TO LEAD IN THE 21st CENTURY, YOU NEED GLOBAL VISION!

The MAIS is designed to train recent college graduates as well as mid-career executives in a deeper and more integrated understanding of national objectives, economic processes, and security issues than those typically offered at the master's level.

Faculty Contacts
Jacek.Kugler@cgu.edu  

 

AN APPLIED INTERDISCIPLINARY

 

APPROACH TO THE WORLD


In SPE we have a high level of curricular integration between the departments of Politics and Policy and Economics. This enables our students to engage in interdisciplinary study, which teaches them to understand political developments, economic trends, and challenges to national interests. 

MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

The MAIS requires completion of 9 or 12 courses (36 units and a research paper, or 48 units with no research paper).

The goals of the program include the development of substantive knowledge in comparative and/or world politics; an understanding of the linkage between politics and economics in the international arena; an ability to use a variety of tools in the study of comparative and/or world politics; and, a capacity to use theoretical knowledge for practical purposes.  Each MAIS student works out an individualized curriculum in consultation with his or her advisor.  The career path a student wishes to pursue upon graduation heavily influences the selection of elective courses and research tools.  A student intending to work in an international NGO might include courses thematically related to the work of the NGO and about the area(s) within which the NGO operates.  A student planning a career in investment banking would be advised to develop a concentration in international political economy and political risk.  A student who wishes to be employed by an agency working on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction might concentrate on course offerings in defense and foreign policy.

For those undertaking the 36-unit degree, the capstone project for students is the Master’s Research Paper.  It should focus on a topic related to the sequence of courses the student has studied.  It offers an opportunity to explore a topic of interest in depth and to bridge the worlds of “theory” and practice.  For those undertaking the 48-unit degree, there is no Master’s Research Paper required.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

CORE COURSE REQUIREMENT (8 units)

Comparative Track
  • PP350 Comparative Political Systems
  • PP351 Comparative Institutional Analysis OR
  • PP352 Comparative Political Economy

International Track
  • PP400 World Politics
  • PP430 Perspectives on Conflict and Peace OR
  • PP438 Dynamic Modeling in Foreign and Defense Policy

RESEARCH METHODS (12 units)

One additional Methods course can be taken to support the Track

Sequence 1
  • PP481 Quantitative Research Methods
  • PP482 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • PP487 Applied Data Analysis OR PP488 Bayesian Methods

Sequence 2
  • ECON308  Mathematics for Economists
  • ECON381  Econometrics I
  • ECON382  Econometrics II OR ECON383 Econometrics III

EXPERTISE IN DEPTH (16-28 units)


TRACK 1:  FOREIGN AFFAIRS (4 courses + research paper; 7 courses otherwise)
   
Choose at least two (2) topical courses
  • PP362 Foreign & Defense Policy
  • PP369a  Comparative Foreign Policy
  • PP371 Globalization & Diversity
  • PP373 The Domestic Politics of Foreign Economic Policy

Choose at least two (2) advanced topical courses
  • PP361 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
  • PP363 Asian Politics
  • PP366 Political and Economic Development in Latin America
  • PP368  Special Topics in Defense and Security Policy
  • PP375/POST 225 Politics of Africa
  • PP438 Dynamic Modeling Seminar in Foreign & Defense Policy

TRACK 2:  STRATEGIC POLICY (4 courses + research paper; 7 courses otherwise)

Required (2) courses
  • SPE 315 Game Theory
  • SPE471 Strategic Models of Politics, Economics and Business Decisions

Choose four (4) of the following courses
  • PP354 Political Risk Analysis
  • PP408 Seminar in World Politics: Political Demography
  • PP412 Regional Integration
  • PP419 Seminar in International Political Economy
  • PP430 Perspectives in Conflict and Peace
  • PP438 Dynamic Modeling in Foreign and Defense Policy
  • PP447 Seminar in Social Network Analysis
  • SPE316 Seminar in Computational and Agent Based Modeling
  • *course approval required by faculty advisor
** see “Use of foreign language as a research tool” under the “General Requirements” section.

Faculty Contacts:
Jacek.Kugler@cgu.edu
Eunyoung.Ha@cgu.edu

Contact Information:

For program inquiries
Annekah Hall
Assistant Director of Admissions
909.607.3371

For application questions
Admiss@cgu.edu
909.621.8069

 

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