The Master of Arts in International Affairs and Leadership, offered by Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies, empowers students to be future leaders in the global arena. In partnership with the McCain Institute, this program establishes a dynamic and active learning environment led by senior international affairs professionals from the public and private sectors. Drawing on the legacy of values-driven leadership embodied by Senator John McCain, the McCain Institute’s access and connectivity in the international community and ASU’s extensive academic capacity provide students a distinctive edge to succeed in the full spectrum of international affairs professions.
The program will prepare graduates for the complex international environment through extensive exposure to topics such as character-driven leadership, national security, human rights, foreign policy, and global economics.
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Designing strategies for the global world of tomorrow
Flexible pace, part-time or full-time
Classes are led by top foreign policy and national security experts who have vast experience developing policy and leading programs.
Stresses practical applications, case studies of international affairs issues and hands-on experience
This program has one of the best balances between the amount of credit hours and the final price of the degree.
Classes meet the McCain Institute in Washington, D.C. at Farragut West metro stop.
All classes meet once a week after 5:30 PM during the week.
Most classes will be in-person with online classes available for flexibility.
“The ASU U.S. National Security Policy course that I am teaching at the McCain Institute will help graduate students prepare for their careers with a better understanding of how policy is made and the elements of national power and influence.” – Amb. John Negroponte
“In our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, we need character-driven leaders with solutions. Our Master of Arts in International Affairs and Leadership will develop leaders who commit to doing the right thing, for the right reasons, in the right way.” –Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, USA (Ret.)
36 credit hours
|Required Core Classes (9 credit hours)||
|Electives (21 credit hours)||
|Internship (3 credit hours)||
|Cumulating Experience (3 credit hours)||
Setting the Global Counterterrorism Agenda
The Modern Global Economy: Dollars and Sense
Transnational Challenges – Combatting Human Trafficking
Human Rights and Realpolitik
U.S. Diplomacy in Action – The Embassy Country Team
Western Hemisphere – Opportunities and Challenges
International Negotiations: Trust but Verify
Women in the World Order
Following the Money: International Finance
Transatlantic Relations: Does Europe Still Matter?
People on the Move: Migration and Refugees
Multilateral Alliances and Diplomacy
The World of Islam: Sunnis and Shias
The Future of Africa and the Interests of Global Powers
Pax America and Brazil, Russia, India, and China
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