American University’s MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs (EPGA) offers an ethical response to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Founded as part of an effort to deepen the ethical context for international studies, the purpose of this interdisciplinary program is to prepare students broadly in the practical application of ethical theory and policy analysis to complex issues in global affairs. The EPGA program is jointly administered by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School for International Service, so students have access to two tremendous faculties to help them synthesize their knowledge of international affairs and ethics.
The Master of International Service program, offered both on campus and online, requires 30 credit hours of graduate coursework. Applicants must have at least seven years of professional work experience to apply.
The program includes courses in leadership, research, economics, and a choice of capstone project: an experience-based practicum, a substantial research paper, or a simulation in the practice of international relations. Students also will create their own concentration to build on what they already know and to learn what they need to know in order to advance their careers.
The Comparative and Regional Studies (CRS) program prepares students to be regional experts who understand key global issues through comparative analysis across regions and countries. Unlike traditional regional studies,CRS combines study of the comparative method with regional expertise. In this way, CRS regional concentrations serve as laboratories for knowledge, allowing students to draw lessons from experiences within a region to inform their understanding of the local context and, importantly, of how and why the local context shapes outcomes of global interest.