The 42-credit Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) is a two-year program on Penn State's University Park campus. The first year consists of a core curriculum, providing a solid academic grounding in the institutions, traditions, and mechanisms of international exchange.

These core courses cover targeted study of critical analytical tools used in multidimensional problem solving, exposure to the most prominent theories of sociocultural interchange, and the professional skills necessary to begin working internationally.

To fulfill the 42-credit graduation requirement, students take electives in addition to the required core courses listed below. In the third and fourth semesters of study, students enroll in courses specific to their area of concentration and their chosen capstone experience.

List of Core Courses