In uncertain times, we wonder: Do our assumptions about the world still apply? Can we separate facts from opinions? How can the institutions we created adapt to new situations? How do we incorporate different voices into a coherent conversation? How can we contribute positively?
Training in international affairs and policy builds a critical foundation of expertise—regional, cultural, economic, political—to recognize the underlying forces at work in the world. Programs challenge students to develop the critical thinking, communications, leadership, and teamwork skills to navigate a changing landscape. Graduates are distinguished by their flexibility and adaptability. These traits are fostered by an interdisciplinary curriculum and the rich community of people with whom they study.
As you begin your search for a master’s program, consider how you can establish a grounding in the past, prepare for the present, and get ready to adjust to the future. Look at how programs support innovation in their field. Ask by what means they incorporate diverse perspectives. Discover in what ways students challenge established ideas and formulate new ones.
Greek philosophy tells us that the only constant in life is change; yet, moving forward requires making plans, getting the proper training, and building a profession. International affairs graduates master underlying principles of an ever-changing world to help prepare for the future.