About SIA

Our mission is to prepare exceptional students for careers and leadership positions in both the private and public sectors of an increasingly globalized world.

Your Passport to a Global Career

The Penn State School of International Affairs (SIA) is uniquely situated to provide an innovative education for the next generation of global leaders. Through a flexible, innovative, interdisciplinary graduate program taught by elite faculty, students receive both practical, hands-on and theoretical training in international affairs. We offer the following program options:

  • Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) degree
  • Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program
  • Graduate certificates

The School of International Affairs (SIA) was founded in 2007 with the first entering class in 2008. SIA is situated at Penn State’s University Park campus, which houses the University’s central administration, its renowned graduate and undergraduate programs, and its NCAA Division-1 Athletics Department. The University Park campus is within driving distance of many major cities, including Philadelphia (3.5 hrs., 312 km), Washington D.C. (4 hrs., 306 km), New York City (5 hrs., 402 km) and Toronto (6.5 hrs., 489 km).

Penn State University Acknowledgement of Land

In collaboration with the Indigenous Peoples Student Association (IPSA) and the Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance (IFSA)

The Pennsylvania State University campuses are located on the original homelands of the Erie, Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora), Lenape (Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe, Stockbridge-Munsee), Shawnee (Absentee, Eastern, and Oklahoma), Susquehannock, and Wahzhazhe (Osage) Nations. As a land grant institution, we acknowledge and honor the traditional caretakers of these lands and strive to understand and model their responsible stewardship. We also acknowledge the longer history of these lands and our place in that history.