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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 Affairs Certificate
  • International Development Policy Certificate
  • International Public Policy Certificate
  • International Security Studies Certificate

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Penn State School of International Affairs professor Sophia McClennen went viral earlier this month, racking up millions of views in what is now Vox’s most successful video ever.

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As the first students to participate in the Penn State School of International Affairs’ new education abroad programs, Amani Alkhiami, Karen Coker, Patrick Kenani, and Tiffany Louk all visited different countries and had different experiences—but they all agree on one thing: studying abroad was the right choice for their education and their future careers.

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NIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State School of International Affairs is the latest member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), joining an international network of schools recognized for their commitment to educational excellence in the field of international affairs.

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“We have the same colors in our flag and we have been neighbors for all these years; you cannot change that,” First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy Miguel Fraga said. “We have shared much history together.”

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Penn State School of International Affairs professor Johannes Fedderke recently completed an evaluation of the World Bank’s work in South Africa to help the international financial institution better address economic disparity in the African nation.

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Hari M. Osofsky, a leading scholar of and contributor to public policy work on energy transition and climate change has been named the new dean of Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs (SIA) at University Park beginning July 1, pending approval of the Board of Trustees.

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