Students are required to complete a total of 13 courses (52 credit hours): eleven core courses (44 credit hours), two elective courses (8 credit hours).
- Choose two of the following:
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above may choose the thesis option and replace MPS 593 with MPS 598 THESIS .
Study Abroad Requirement
Students are required to take at least ONE course abroad. These one-two week study abroad trips allow both full-time and part-time students to participate.
International Work/Internship Requirement
Students must complete substantial professional experience in an international or intercultural setting. Students with such experience may request a waiver by submitting a letter describing the extent of their work in international or cross-cultural countries and organizations. In this case, students choose an alternative four-credit hour course with the director's approval. Students without such experience enroll in MPS 610 while completing an internship with an appropriate organization.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Students are not required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language as a graduation requirement. However, please note that a second language is critical to helping a resume stand out and for constructing an effective career in international public service. Therefore all students are strongly encouraged to build and demonstrate proficiency in at least one other language appropriate to their field or geographical interests.