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 NRSD degree requires 42 credit hours, including an internship, coursework, and a capstone. It can be completed in two years (full-time) or up to six years (part-time). You have the option of part-time study in the first and final semester. You'll take core courses for a semester before going to the University for Peace outside San José, Costa Rica, where you'll be immersed in sustainable development theory and practice for a year. You'll gain professional field experience during a mandatory summer internship that may take you anywhere in the world. The core of the NRSD experience is the chance to engage both in the classroom and in a developing country that is a model of sustainability. This is a decidedly different experience from what any US-only program can offer.