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The Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy is excited to announce the launch of our new Master of International Affairs (MIA) program. The MIA is the first of its kind in the SUNY system, and offers one of the best tuition values among international affairs programs—even for out-of-state students.

What Is An MIA Degree?
This degree provides students with a broad educational background in international relations theory, policy analysis, economics, management, and quantitative methods. Students learn to navigate complex, transnational issues and to manage organizations in an increasingly globalized world.

MIA Degree Structure
The degree requires a minimum of 12 courses (48 credits) and has three separate components; core courses, coursework in various areas of concentration, and practical degree requirements. The core courses are:

  • RINT 501 Global Governance (4 credits)
  • RINT 502 Economics for Global Affairs (4 credits)
  • RINT 503 Quantitative Approaches to International Affairs (4 credits)
  • RINT 504 International Economics (4 credits)
  • RINT 505 Global Security (4 credits)
  • RINT 506 International and Comparative Public Management (4 credits)

In addition to the core courses, students must select an area of concentration. These areas are:

  • Diplomacy and Global Governance
  • Global Economic Policy
  • Global Public Management
  • Global and Homeland Security

In the MIA program, you won’t just sit in a classroom. The Master of International Affairs program combines classroom instruction with internships and practical learning requirements to prepare students for careers in international affairs. These learning requirements include:

  • RINT 597 Capstone Project
  • RINT 598 Career/Internship Experience
  • RINT 599 Professional Development Module

The career/internship experience requirement may be waived for students with two or more years of related, full-time work experience. However should you decide to complete an internship, our career services office will work closely with you to determine your placement and help you find a good fit.

A Flexible Degree for Working Professionals and Recent Graduates
International Affairs courses are taught by faculty on the University at Albany campus and at SUNY facilities in New York City. In addition to teaching these courses in the traditional in-person seminar format, the MIA program utilizes synchronous distance learning. Synchronous distance learning occurs when the instructor and students in a course interact in different places during the same time period.

Students enrolled in the MIA program must complete at least 24 credits of coursework either in NYC or in Albany; the remainder of the program may be completed on campus or by utilizing distance learning options. This degree may be completed either on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students will normally complete the program in two years, while part-time students have up to six years to complete the degree. Most classes are taught one night per week in the evening, providing maximum flexibility around work and internship schedules.

Admissions Requirements
Admissions decisions are made by members of the International Affairs faculty. To be considered for MIA admission, you must submit:

  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors or employers
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate study to date
  • Official GRE or GMAT results (LSAT scores are also accepted on a case-by-case basis)
  • A statement of goals describing your career objectives and intended area of study
  • Current resume or CV

A note to international student applicants: Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if your first language is not English. These scores are not required however if you have studied for two full-time semesters in a U.S. College or University.

The application process is coordinated through the University at Albany’s Office of Graduate Admissions. Applicants should apply online through the University’s web service. Detailed admission information may be found at