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Master of Arts in International Affairs

Course Description

The Master of Arts in International Affairs (MIN) takes full advantage of Paris’s multicultural dimensions and central role in international economics, politics, and social issues. The program’s balance of intellectual and theoretical mastery with hands-on, project-based learning prepares you for a successful professional life.

The MA in International Affairs provides:
-The opportunity to earn an American master’s degree in France.
-A mix of practical and theoretical knowledge of international affairs, conflict resolution, and civil society development.
-A global network to launch a career in the NGO sector or with an international institution, national government, or multinational corporation.

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

The linguistic and cultural diversity of our student body is one of our biggest strengths—and the perfect community in which to study international affairs. Students in the program come from educational institutions from across the world, having earned the equivalent of a BA degree in International Affairs or a closely related field—and from the working worlds of international institutions, NGOs, and policy making.

We offer the option to follow either a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course of study. Students in the one-year program immerse themselves fully in their studies and finish the program faster. The two-year program allows Paris-based professionals the chance to invest in their futures while keeping their jobs.

Both programs offer the same rigorous curriculum with students achieving the same rewarding learning goals.

Challenging course work, compelling experiences

Coursework for the 38-credit MA is taught entirely in English at AUP. The full-time program is composed of two semesters of course work with an additional summer semester for completion and defense of the required research project. The part-time program is four semesters of course work with the additional summer semester.

The program requirements for both options include:
-Five courses (20 credits) exploring international relations, conflict management, and other subjects crucial to a well-rounded understanding of international affairs. A mix of core and elective courses ensures a solid foundation in the discipline plus the chance to investigate your own special interests.
-Five modules (10 credits) taught by visiting professionals that offer practical, hands-on training in short, workshop style seminars. These intensive experiences may include anything from a simulation of responding to a real-life conflict situation to creating plans for a virtual NGO to practice financial NGO management.
-One research methods seminar (2 credits) which will help prepare you for….
-A thesis (6 credits), a 12,000 word research project based on fieldwork or an internship experience that allows you to delve deep into a topic that interests you. A defense of your research project before a jury of experts, including the faculty’s readers, is required.

Coursework Masters

The Master of Arts in International Affairs is a 38 credit Coursework Masters consisting of 2.5 semesters taken over the course of one calendar year. Through a carefully crafted curriculum it transmits essential analytic and problem-solving skills in the discipline of international affairs.

Visit the Master of Arts in International Affairs page on the The American University of Paris website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kai Larsen

I provide strategic support for Human Rights Watch’s Development offices in 11 cities covering 10 different countries. This includes data extraction and clean-up, troubleshooting, and general and module-specific training in the use of HRW’s database. I also work closely with the Finance division to ensure that the monthly donation reports from these cities are accurate, assuring the clean flow of information between our development database and Finance’s accounting software.

AUP definitely contributed to making me a competitive candidate for this job. Beyond my coursework and field of study (both relevant for this position), thanks to AUP’s network I also completed a 6-month internship with HRW’s Development division in Paris during my second year. This experience was invaluable, and my familiarity with HRW’s structure, practices and software was a key factor in their decision to hire me as a full-time employee one year later.

(Student Profile)

Sophien Ben-Achour

I work for an international NGO called ‘Search for Common Ground’ (SFCG). SFCG is an organization that works to transform the way the world deals with conflict. I am currently based in Niamey, Niger and manage SFCG’s programs in the Sahel region of Africa. I manage SFCG’s work within a consortium of NGOs in a USAID funded program called ‘Peace through Development II’ or (PDevII), aimed at reducing the risk of violent extremism in the Sahel. Our role in PDev II is to engage and support youth throughout 45 communes in 23 regions of Niger, Chad, and Burkina Faso. Specifically, we provide training and other opportunities to support these youth in strengthening their communities and taking an active role in reducing conflict and other risks related to violent extremism. The MAIA program I completed at AUP played a big role in preparing me for this work. Specifically, it laid a solid theoretical foundation and then coupled it with practical modules. The availability, quality, and experience of the faculty and the vast diversity of the students also provided a context for rich discussion and personal growth.

(Student Profile)

Samuel Solvit

I was born in Paris and have lived in Italy, too, and I continue to travel a lot for business. I am trilingual: French, English and Italian. I was attracted to AUP because a Master’s in International Affairs and/or conflict management/resolution are very rare in France. For me, the first asset of AUP was this qualitative joint program with the Sorbonne University. It was very enticing to be able to follow this distinctive and first-rate dual Master’s with courses both at AUP and the Sorbonne, two very good universities.

To study at AUP is to study with people from all over the world, with very rich and diverse backgrounds. American, Colombian, Swedish, Libanese, Qatari, Koweiti, Italian, British, German, Russian… I met friends from everywhere and developed a strong, high-quality network. Two of the things that I most valued are the multicultural environment and the quality of the MAIA program. I am not objective because I am Parisian. However, I have to say that Paris is one of the most exciting cities in terms of culture and intellectual life. Being one of the main European hubs, academics, politicians, businessmen meet there.

My studies at AUP influenced my career path in two main ways: on the one hand, they gave me a strong technical/academic background in international affairs, and on the other hand they gave me very useful and concrete analytical/practical skills. Upon graduating from AUP, I worked for the French Foreign Ministry and then for the French Defense Ministry. I have since joined a company as Development Manager where I am mainly in charge of the international development of the company.


Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree (min. 3.0 or above). This can be subject to change, see the website for the latest admission requirements: View Website

Last Updated

13 March 2017

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