Special Concentration

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.

Master of International Affairs (42 credits, 45 if internship required)

Core (30 credits, 33 credits if internship required)

Master Methods

PAF 9180 Policy Analysis

Overview of the use of analytic techniques in solving public sector problems and designing government programs. Topics include agenda setting, approaches to problem solving, the role of values in policy making and policy analysis, policy-relevant data collection and analysis, principles of benefit-cost analysis, techniques of policy analysis (e.g., queuing, simulations, formal modeling), strategies for policy adoption and implementation, and the politics of policy analysis.

PAF 9140 Budgeting and Financial Analysis I

This course focuses on the budget cycle and budget decision-making. It includes tools for developing, implementing, and controlling a budget within a, typically, public organization. Topics include development of operating budgets, cash budgets, break-even analysis, cost behavior, the time value of money, capital budgeting, long-term financing, and variance analysis. Basic budget accounting concepts are studied. The course includes development of spreadsheet skills for budgeting. Prerequisite: Spreadsheet knowledge strongly recommended.

PAF 9170 Research and Analysis I

The first course in a two-course sequence (the second course is PAF 9172) that provides an introduction to research and analytical methods as applied to public policy and management. Students will develop expertise as consumers of research findings and learn methods for designing and conducting research. This first course provides an introduction to data analysis and statistical inference, with an emphasis on policy and management applications. Topics include graphing and numerical summaries, normal distributions, descriptive correlation and regression, basic probability and sampling distributions, confidence intervals, significance tests, chi-square tests, and inference for regression. Students learn these techniques through hands-on work with real data and statistical software. Prerequisite: Not open to students who have received credit for PAF 9317.

PAF 9172 Research and Analysis II

The second course in a two-course sequence (the first course is PAF 9170) that provides an introduction to research and analytical methods as applied to public policy and management. Students will develop expertise as consumers of research findings and learn basic methods for designing and conducting research. Topics include the use of theory or models, identifying causes, experiments and quasi-experiments, the logic of control variables and the interpretation of multiple regression, measurement concepts and methods, qualitative methods, and complex sampling. The emphasis is on learning these ideas through practice with many different examples of real-world research and empirical evidence.
Prerequisite: PAF 9170 or permission of instructor.

Know the World

PAF 9184 International Institutions and Global Governance

In a world of globalization and global threats—financial contagion, terrorism, proliferation, climate change, health crises—this course examines the role of international institutions and norms and asks whether they can make the world a safer, more just place. Why did states create global institutions—and why in these forms? How does their structure limit or reinforce their ability to address problems? How do norms develop and change? What is the role of NGOs and of multinational corporations? How must the system adapt to new actors and challenges?

PAF 9415 International Economics

This course introduces students to the basic micro- and macro-economic principles that underlie international economic relations. Students will gain an understanding of international trade and finance and the effects of various international economic policies on domestic and world economic well-being. [The course is not open to students who have completed PAF 9130 or ECO 9704.]

PAF 9410 Global Economic Governance

In the absence of global government, global economic governance organizations have emerged to coordinate, monitor, manage, and direct the economic and monetary activities of states and firms. This course will introduce students to the agreements and predominant institutions that compose global economic governance regimes, including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization. It will examine organizational and voting structures, rules for legitimate state and non-state participants, compliance mechanisms, and agenda setting.


PAF 9420 Global Communication

In this class students will apply a comparative perspective to the communicative conditions that prevail in countries across the world, from everyday cultural practices (e.g. diplomatic ways of communicating in various societies) to organizational and policy considerations (e.g. free speech protections or restrictions). Students will sharpen their professional communication skills by speaking and writing on topics addressing issues of policy and administration in global contexts.

PAF 9181 Comparative Public Policy and Administration

This course focuses on international variations in public affairs through a comparative analysis of the factors that drive policymaking and determine the configuration of the public and nonprofit sectors around the globe. The course provides students with a basic toolbox of theories and methodologies needed to conduct comparative analyses of public policies and governance systems.

PAF 9190 Public Affairs Capstone Seminar

Advanced seminar in which students produce a semester project drawing from the full course of study toward the Masters of Public Administration. The project may involve policy research, intensive study of an organization, development of a rationale for new or changed service programs, or some combination of these. Special attention is placed on incorporating knowledge from the core curriculum.
Prerequisite: PAF 9100, PAF 9103, PAF 9120, PAF 9130, PAF 9140, PAF 9170 and PAF 9172


PAF 9195 Public Affairs Internship (required if less than 1 year of relevant international work experience)

This course provides students with real-world administrative experience in a public or nonprofit organization. The work assignment requires 150 hours. Class sessions are determined by the instructor. The course is graded on a pass/no-credit basis. The internship pass/no-credit selection does not preclude the completion of another MIA elective course for pass/no-credit. PAF 9195 may be repeated, but only with the permission of the instructor and the Associate Dean of the School of Public Affairs. It is not open to students who have completed PAF 9191, PAF 9192, or PAF 9322.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

This course examines the international dimension of the nonprofit world. It focuses on those nonprofit organizations that work across borders because: 1) they seek to influence global issues such as economic justice, human rights or the environment; 2) they deliver aid or capacity building programs in developing countries; or 3) they are the secretariat or headquarters of an international network of organizations. The course will explore international and cross-cultural management issues, relationships with national governments and supranational entities, and international advocacy strategies.
Prerequisites or Co-requisite: PAF9120, or PAF 9150, or permission of instructor.

Electives (12 credits: in concert with a faculty advisor, students will design a program of study tailored to his or her interests and career ambitions)

This course is relevant to managers in all disciplines who will face technological decisions in a global business environment. This course will focus on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) environments around the world, national infrastructures and regulatory regimes, global IT applications, global IS development strategies, global supply chains, offshore outsourcing, global management support systems, and global IS/IT strategies. The course will provide an in-depth understanding of managing information resources across national borders, time zones, cultures, politi∂cal philosophies, regulatory regimes, and economic infrastructures. This is an interdisciplinary course covering multiple perspectives addressing technical, socio-economic, socio-cultural, policy, regulatory, legal, and ethical issues.