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MAS-IA Curriculum

The MAS-IA curriculum is designed for professionals seeking specialized and advanced education in the field of international affairs to complement their professional experience. The curriculum consists of a total of 12 courses (48 degree units).

Students enrolled full-time complete the degree in a nine month academic year (holders of F or J visas must study full-time). A part-time enrollment option (2 academic years) is also available to professionals with flexible work schedules. Click here to view part-time vs. full-time program information.

In addition to the required core coursework, students must also satisfy the requirements of a career track and complete regional electives for a regional specialization.

Core Courses

Two specially designed courses, offered during the fall quarter, are devoted to the politics and economics of the Pacific region and provide a solid foundation in the study of international affairs.

IRCO 481 - Politics of International and National Policy Making
IRCO 482 - Economies of the Pacific Rim OR IRCO 401 - Managerial Economics (for students selecting the Environmental Policy and Sustainability career track)

Capstone Course

The capstone course, offered in the spring, provides an integrative analytical exercise culminating in an individual written report and oral presentation.

IRCO 483 - Workshop on Policy Issues in the Pacific Rim 

Additional Courses

Career Track Electives: In consultation with a faculty advisor, students take three courses within one of four career tracks: International Relations, International Political Economy, International Public Policy, Environmental Policy and Sustainability or Security of the Asia-Pacific.

Regional Electives: Students must complete two courses focusing on one or more of the following country/regional specilization: China, Japan, Korea, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Electives: Four additional courses are to be chosen by the student. See each career track for details about elective options and requirements.


Course Prerequisites

Students who have been admitted as candidates for the MAS-IA degree are advised to review the following list of courses to determine whether their academic and professional backgrounds have sufficiently prepared them to enroll in a particular course.