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Pennsylvania State University

School of International Affairs

The School of International Affairs (SIA) is uniquely situated to provide an innovative education for the next generation of global leaders. Our Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) degree is a professional, hands-on, customizable, interdisciplinary program with access to all of the resources of a leading public research institution. The SIA faculty is comprised of internationally recognized scholars and seasoned former officials from a variety of disciplines, which allows us to offer a curriculum that can be tailored to meet students’ individual career goals. Through our program, students can take advantage of myriad opportunities including internships in Washington, D.C., New York, and across the globe; education abroad programs in more than a dozen countries; and optional concentrations in focus areas based on the student’s personal interests. To further prepare students for a professional career, SIA offers a dedicated Office of Career Services that helps students identify goals and develop a plan for attaining them. Our Career Services team also coordinates career exposure trips, professional development workshops, and visits by recruiters. When our students graduate, they are ready to help shape the future of our complex world.

Our mission is to prepare exceptional students for careers and leadership positions in both the private and public sectors of an increasingly interdependent world. The School of International Affairs fulfills this mission through a flexible degree program taught by elite, interdisciplinary faculty; experiential learning, including internship and education abroad opportunities; and a dedicated Office of Career Services that works with each individual student.

Degree Programs

  • Master of International Affairs
  • Master of International Affairs – Juris Doctorate (dual degree)
  • International Security Studies Certificate
  • International Affairs Certificate
  • International Development Policy Certificate
  • International Public Policy Certificate

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Rejuvenating Communities in Zimbabwe

Rejuvenating Communities in Zimbabwe

Shingi Mavima was disheartened by the educational inequality in Zimbabwe, but his time at the Penn State School of International Affairs helped him become an author and non-profit founder....