The MA in Political Science & International Affairs offers world-renowned faculty and cutting-edge research tools and methodologies for students interested in international relations, comparative politics, American politics, or political theory.

Degree Type: Masters

Degree Program Code: MA_PSIA_NT

Degree Program Summary:

The MA degree is administered jointly by the Departments of Political Science and International Affairs and is designed as a preparation for the PhD. Students must complete three classes in research methods, as well as courses in the program’s offered fields. Between the two departments, courses are offered in international relations, comparative politics, American politics, law and courts, and political theory.

The MA program in Political Science and International Affairs invites students who wish to study politics in its many forms, but who also want to develop the analytic skills necessary to achieve mastery in their areas of study. It is designed for students who want to pursue an expansive program of study and expand their knowledge and skills through extensive coursework but do not wish to write an MA thesis. Dedicated to providing the substantive political knowledge any advanced student of politics would want and need, the program also provides the exposure to cutting-edge research tools that distinguishes the very best graduate programs. The faculty, one of the most productive in the nation, has won numerous awards for research and teaching.

The Departments of Political Science and International Affairs are in the School for Public and International Affairs, which also includes the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Students therefore have access to over 50 faculty in the School without sacrificing strong collegial relations and diverse classroom and research opportunities.

The MA accepts applications for the Fall semester only. The application deadline for priority consideration for assistantships, fellowships, and other SPIA funding is December 1. Applications received after December 1 will be considered on a rolling basis until February 15. Funding offers will be awarded until funding is exhausted. No applications will be accepted after February 15. The GRE is required of all applicants. Interested applicants should consult the department’s website for further application information. Inquiries should be directed to the Graduate Office at or to the Graduate Program Administrator, Dr. Megan Morgan, at

Locations Offered:

Athens (Main Campus)

College / School:

School of Public & International Affairs

Candler Hall
202 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602



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