The MA in International Studies (MAIS) program prepares leaders in international relations who possess advanced analytical research skills and deep understanding of theories and policy.

The International Studies program emphasizes rigorous training in cutting-edge technical and analytical skills, close engagement with theoretical and conceptual framework, and mastery of applications and policy issues in the real world. Students explore the link between politics and economics in the international arena and learn to use a variety of tools to apply theoretical knowledge to real international problems. The MAIS hones your potential for employment in nonprofits, defense agencies, investment banks, and more—anywhere the world needs you.

Program Highlights
  • Concentrations are available in International Relations, Regional Studies, or Chinese Political Economy.
  • Graduate-only education is offered in small, seminar-style classes taught by highly knowledgeable faculty-scholars.
  • The MAIS program encourages flexibility and gives you the resources to develop an individualized curriculum
  • Pursue your MAIS in conjunction with another degree, such as a PhD in History. You earn a diploma for each degree and “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.

Program At a Glance

36 units

1.5 years

*This estimate assumes full-time registration and pursuit of the degree. Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

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International Studies

Division of Politics & Economics

MA in International Studies

Featured Courses

SPE 351
Comparative Political Institutions

Examines the validity and foundations of the study of political institutions and undertakes in-depth study of the institutions of modern government.

World Politics

Provides a broad survey of competing perspectives on international relations.

Seminar in Conflict & Peace

Introduces the study of conflict and investigates the broad topics of war and peace.

Political Economy of China

Discusses the origins, processes, and prospects of economic and political transformations in China since the late 1970s.

SPE 411
Advanced International Political Economy

Introduces the major theories and topics in international political economy; helps students begin to think about how to contribute to the current research frontier in the field.

PP 482
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Examines regression analysis, focusing partly on theoretical issues and partly on practical problems in applied regression to prepare students for advanced study of econometric techniques.

Areas of Concentration


Program Feature

TransResearch Consortium
CGU’s International Studies Department is a founding member of TransResearch Consortium, together with the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and the Business School at La Sierra University. The consortium’s objective is to conduct research on major issues in international relations and to assist business and government officials in making strategically efficient long-term decisions amid dynamic international conditions.

Faculty & Research
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Yi Feng

Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair Professor

Research Interests

International Political Economy, International Relations, Political Economy of China and Latin America, Quantitative Methodology

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Mark Abdollahian

Full Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Strategic Decision Making, International Political Economy, Sustainable Development

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Jacek Kugler

Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

Research Interests

Causes and Consequences of War, Political Performance, Power Transition

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Melissa Rogers

Associate Professor, International Studies
Co-Director, Inequality and Policy Research Center
Field Chair, Comparative Politics

Research Interests

Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Economic Inequality


Affiliated & Extended Faculty

In addition CGU’s core international studies faculty, students may take courses with tenured or tenure-track international studies faculty throughout The Claremont Colleges.

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