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New York City is home to the United Nations, global businesses and foundations, and more international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) than any other American city. There's no better place to study international affairs and no more competitive, affordable school than Baruch College's nationally recognized Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (MSPIA).
MSPIA offers a two-year, 42-credit Master of International Affairs for a new generation of forward-thinking students committed to responsible leadership in government, global institutions, international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) and business. The program can also be taken part-time.
Globalization, climate change, trade, migration, resource management, public health, food security—many of today's greatest opportunities and most urgent problems transcend national borders. Governments at all levels, corporations, multilaterals, INGOs, and public-private partnerships need to work together to take on these demanding issues. In this challenging new world, MSPIA's MIA program will prepare students to become creative and successful globally focused leaders in the public and private sectors.
As the number and influence of INGOs expands throughout the world, this concentration provides graduates with both practical management skills and policy expertise in economic development, migration, public health, the environment, communications, government relations and other key areas. Students will prepare for careers with INGOs, global institutions such as the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as corporate foundations and businesses committed to promoting development through international public-private partnerships.
The globalizing economy can be a path to success, but for many countries the adjustment has been hard and the promises of equity have yet to follow. Students will master treaty relationships, government policies, and the challenges of protecting public health, the environment, workers, and family integrity in a globalizing world. Graduates will be prepared for careers in government, international institutions, INGOs, and global businesses.
From Canada to the Southern Cone, the western hemisphere has the world's largest developed economy, one of the fastest emerging economies, one of the most vital trading partnerships, and some of the most dynamic and complicated migration patterns anywhere on the planet. Students will study trade policy and economic cooperation, migration and remission flows, intra-hemispheric security and energy policy, preparing for careers in government, INGOs, international institutions, and private industry.
Working with a faculty adviser, students can design a rigorous program of study tailored to their interests and career ambitions. Examples may include migrations and diasporas, hemispheric security, and hemispheric marketing, among other topics.
All students will master a rigorous core, including international economics, global communication, budgeting, policy analysis, and quantitative and qualitative methods. Faculty advisers will help students choose from one of the policy-rich concentrations and help guide them to exciting and rewarding careers.
You can pursue your degree with day, evening, hybrid and fully online courses for students who choose to study full time and those who will continue to work while they pursue an MIA.
MSPIA students receive top-tier training in global issues, public policy, administration, and higher education--all dedicated to responsible leadership, civic service, and community engagement. Every student who studies abroad receives a Study Away Award. Other funding may also be available.
Study Beyond the Classroom
MSPIA guarantees internships in New York City and beyond. Students in Baruch's Washington Semester work and study in the nation's capital, rent-free. Students can also study abroad with one of our global partners, including Ghent University in Belgium; The Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China's Sichuan Province; and Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Internationally Recognized Faculty
The MIA draws from distinguished faculties at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, the Zicklin School of Business, and the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences which include leading experts and practitioners in international public administration, communications, international affairs, non-profit management, area studies, marketing, trade, and international business.
Carla Anne Robbins, Faculty Director and Clinical Professor of National Security Studies
Dr. Robbins was Deputy Editorial Page Editor at The New York Times and Chief Diplomatic Correspondent at The Wall Street Journal. She is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
"Today global is local and borders are increasingly meaningless when it comes to meeting the greatest challenges."
John Casey, Associate Professor and Academic Director, Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management
Dr. Casey is an expert on the management of NGOs and INGOs and most recently the author of The Nonprofit World, Civil Society and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector. He has served as an adviser to the European Union and done extensive research on the globalization of policing.
"We are the closest MIA program to the UN, with many of our students working there. Our graduates are equipped to work with international NGOs, multinationals, and intergovernmental organizations."
Stephanie R. Golob, Associate Professor of Political Science, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and Associate Director, the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center
Dr. Golob is an expert on the intersection of state sovereignty, regional integration and globalization, and has written extensively about both NAFTA and the globalization of "rule of law" ideas.
"Baruch offers a truly diverse and global student body and a worldclass faculty, right in the heart of New York, the city where all international trends converge."
Anna D'Souza, Associate Professor, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs
Dr. D'Souza is a development economist who studies food security and nutrition, conflict and instability, governance, and international trade. She has worked for the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and consulted for the World Bank.
"This is an exciting new program because we are able to draw on the most current research and approaches to international affairs education."