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 Arts in International Media offers students a unique opportunity to learn international communication theory and research while at the same time developing professional production skills. This interdisciplinary M.A. program allows students to take concurrent courses in the School of Communication (SOC) and School of International Service (SIS) that emphasize strategic communication, research, international communication, and global media. In addition, students take hands-on courses designed to hone writing skills over a broad range of media, and production classes that introduce them to filmmaking, newswriting, digital imaging, web design, photography, and public communication writing. The media studies component of the program gives students a strong background in research skills, broad knowledge of global economic and political issues, and a deep understanding of how the media works, especially in an international environment. The production portion of the program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical groundings to be professionally competent and literate managers/producers/commissioners.
The MS in Development Management (MSDM) is the only master of science degree offered by the School of International Service. The degree requires 39–42 credit hours of graduate coursework, including a required 6-credit individual capstone, Management Practicum, which is a distinct component of the degree. The capstone may be carried out in the US or abroad, with flexible arrangements and timing offered to meet varying needs of MSDM students. The MSDM degree can be completed in two years (full-time) or up to six years (part-time).
The curriculum is uniquely designed for those with a minimum of two years’ prior field experience, though many have more, who wish to gain applied and innovative management skills in the context of international development. Students will build their own concentration that focuses on a sector of their choice—such as environment, global health, gender, and social enterprise—to gain a combination of skills necessary to work directly with people, organizations, communities, and programs that seek to improve the lives of the poor and disenfranchised.