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  • The mission of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at The New School is to prepare engaged, reflective global citizens who can contribute to making the world more inclusive, just, and sustainable. The most pressing contemporary challenges - from the rise of authoritarian regimes and refugee crises to youth unemployment and climate change - demand a deep understanding of complex global systems, new perspectives, and a commitment to social justice.

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

    Preparing Global Citizens for the 21st Century

    International Affairs at The New School reframes approaches to global governance, security, development, human rights, cities, and the media. By combining theory, practice, and policy, students develop the skills and expertise needed to address global challenges. Our programs offer the following distinctive features and benefits:

    • A Critical and Global Perspective
      We foster independent thinking and progressive approaches to global problems, challenging conventional frameworks and offering alternative theories.
    • Transdisciplinary Social Research
      Students develop new approaches by drawing on courses and faculty expertise in the social sciences and humanities as well as fields like media, architecture, and design.
    • Engaged, Field-based Learning
      Students integrate theory, policy, and practice through field-based learning in practicum projects, UN Summer Study, and our one-of-a-kind International Field Program.
    • Flexibility and Customization
      Part-time and full-time study options, client-based projects, and research-based thesis options allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and goals.
    • An International Community
      More than half of our faculty and about one-third of our students come from outside of the United States, bringing diverse global perspectives into the classroom.

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

    Master's Degrees in International Affairs

    The New School offers two master's degrees in international affairs:

    • The 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
    • The 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

    Connecting to New York City

    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 faculty members working in these organizations provide students with opportunities to address the most pressing issues in the field.


    Students can make connections with more than 1,400 International Affairs alumni working around the world. Our alumni work on urban development, human rights, environmental policy, migration, refugees, security, gender equality, and many other issues in public, private, nonprofit, and academic organizations. Our Center for Graduate Career and Professional Development offers ongoing support to current and former students.