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  • The field of international affairs is changing. Our approaches in and outside of the classroom must change as well. Gain the theoretical and practical tools you need to engage with the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

    Named one of the top international affairs programs by the Foreign Policy Association, the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs are distinctive in the New School tradition: critical, engaged, and truly global.

    A Distinctive Approach to International Affairs

    International Affairs at The New School stands out from conventional programs for its unique blend of pedagogical and scholarly commitments:

    • A critical and global perspective on international problems
    • Engaged, field-based learning through our International Field Programs, our Practicum in International Affairs, and other offerings
    • Multidisciplinary social research drawing on the traditions of The New School for Social Research
    • Small classes, accessible faculty, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to tailor their studies to their interests and goals

    Learn more about the International Affairs community at The New School by visiting our blog.

    A Dynamic Curriculum

    In the Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, we are constantly adapting our curriculum to respond to the most pressing current issues, such as social and economic rights, urban and community development, new media and technology, environmental justice, migration and refugees, international law, conflict, and peacebuilding.

    There are two master's degree options in International Affairs:

    • Master of Arts in International Affairs, a traditional, 42-credit degree with a structured core curriculum and five concentrations that allow students to specialize in a particular area of international affairs
    • Master of Science in International Affairs, a 30-credit degree that enables experienced professionals to acquire a unique combination of substantive knowledge and practical tools through our innovative modular approach

    World-class Faculty

    International Affairs faculty are leading scholars from around the world, with backgrounds ranging from anthropology, sociology, and political science to media and economics. The program also draws on the wide range of leading experts and professionals in New York, who bring to the classroom recent international experience with an array of issues and professional fields.

    Field-based Learning

    The New School is committed to immersive, long-term, field-based learning in International Affairs. In addition to providing a range of opportunities for internships and practicums, we offer two intensive summer programs that are open to students in the MA and MS programs as well as students from other New School programs and other universities:

    Connecting to New York

    International Affairs students take full advantage of New York City's incomparable resources in the international affairs field. The city's extraordinary range of international NGOs, intergovernmental institutions, and global companies—from the United Nations to Human Rights Watch to major media organizations—provide unique opportunities for student research, internships, and practicums. Our practice-based coursework connects students with these organizations through projects that launch student careers, and International Affairs faculty members working in these organizations provide students with direct access to the most pressing contemporary issues in the field.


    Current students can make connections with more than 1,400 International Affairs alumni working around the world. Our alumni work in public and government service, international organizations, NGOs and nonprofits, academia, the media, and the private sector. Our Career Services office offers ongoing support for current and former students.