Global Theory & History | M.A. Requirements
Entering Class 2013-2014
Students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 or 14 courses as approved by Academic Affairs.
GLOBAL THEORY AND HISTORY (GTH)
Students concentrating in Global Theory & History (GTH) must take a minimum of 3 courses within this program. Students are encouraged to take additional GTH courses.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (IR)
Students must also fulfill the general requirements for International Relations (IR) which includes 3 additional courses within IR from two IR areas other than GTH. These areas include:
· Conflict Management
· Energy, Resources and Environment
· International Law and Organizations
· Strategic Studies
IR students studying at SAIS Europe must take at least three IR courses in Washington with the exception of dual-degree or advanced-standing students, who must take at least two IR courses in Washington.
Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
· Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
· International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
· International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Micro and/or Macro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization
in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets
Student must complete one course from the list below.
· Statistical Methods for Business & Economics
· Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
· Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Risk Analysis and Modeling
· Corporate Finance (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
· Quantitative Methods in International Relations (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.
All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses. GTH concentrators must pass Theories of International Relations as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
· American Foreign Policy Since World War II
· Comparative National Systems
· Evolution of the International Systems
· Theories of International Relations
MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This language must be offered at SAIS. Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS, even if not using English for proficiency.
Global Theory & History concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
- A twenty-page research paper whose focus and subject matter has been approved by the director
- A twenty-page written report that draws conclusions about international relations or international political economy based on an internship undertaken while at SAIS
- Successful completion of Contemporary Theory of International Relations (SA.600.702)
- MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors- if eligible)
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR Entering Class 2012-2013Entering Class 2011-2012Entering Class 2010-2011Entering Class 2009-2010
Informal lectures are given throughout the semester by academics, diplomats and business professionals on varied topics of interest.
Students who seek internships with the U.S. government, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations will find that the program's faculty and staff will assist them with supportive recommendations and helpful advice.
Global Politics and Religion Initiative (GPRI)
The Global Politics and Religion Initiative (GPRI) at SAIS promotes the study of religion and international affairs. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the initiative has three main components that incorporate the study of the interaction between religion and politics into the school’s existing academic programs—new master’s degree courses, research seminars and executive education training sessions. GPRI’s goal is to foster an appreciation and deeper understanding of religion and international affairs among students, scholars and practitioners who will shape and influence future policymaking. Charles Doran, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations and Global Theory and History Program director, is co-directing the initiative with Jocelyne Cesari and Leila Austin. Cesari serves as a senior visiting professor of international relations in the Global Theory and History Program. She is also director of Harvard University’s Islam in the West Program. Austin is a professorial lecturer in the Global Theory and History and Middle East Studies programs and is deputy director of SAIS Cultural Conversations.
Learn more about the Global Politics and Religion Initiative