M.A. in International Affairs
The Master’s in International Affairs supports the Lebanese American University’s core mission, vision and values by:
- Educating students who are capable of analyzing, critiquing and learning about international theory and practice;
- Enabling students to play a professional, constructive and leadership role at the national, regional and international level;
- Assisting students to acquire the skills needed to work in with people from different backgrounds and nationalities;
- Giving students strong analytical, writing and oral skills;
- Encouraging students to serve their community and the world with the goal of making the world a better place.
Program Mission Statement
The Master’s of Arts Program in International Affairs seeks to prepare students to become effective professionals and leaders in national and international institutions, while upholding the highest intellectual and ethical standards; dedication to public service and international cooperation; and understanding among people.
Students who complete the MA in International Affairs program will:
- Gain critical understanding in the theoretical, practical, legal and ethical dimensions of international relations;
- Demonstrate command of analytical and experiential approaches to learning;
- Develop dispositions for continuous professional development as life-long learners; and
- Adapt to different academic and professional milieus.
- Demonstrate a strong knowledge of political, historical, economic and social processes that shape national and international relations;
- Exhibit an understanding of theories and paradigms used to comprehend and explain international relations;
- Acquire and demonstrate critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and explain complex and dynamic processes at the national, regional and global levels;
- Exhibit an ability to explain, defend and critique, orally and in writing, the causes, issues and institutional arrangements that shape today’s global order;
- Acquire qualitative and quantitative research and writing skills necessary to produce quality research papers and a capstone research project;
- Gain practical understanding of the workings of national and international institutions and organizations involved in international relations; and,
- Attain practical leadership, conflict resolution and diplomatic negotiation skills.
In order to qualify for a MA in International Affairs, students must complete 30 credits from the following courses:
Core requirements (12 Credits)
|INA811||Theories of International Affairs||3|
|INA 852||Research Methodology||3|
Other requirements: Issue Studies (18 Credits)
Note: to graduate with a Middle East area studies emphasis, students have to take at least three courses in that area.
International Relations Topics
|INA812||Foreign Policy Analysis||3|
|INA813||Topics in International Relations*||3|
|INA815||Topics in International Organizations*||3|
|INA 825||Comparative Politics||3|
|INA831||International Political Economy||3|
|INA 840||Topics in Area Studies*||3|
|INA842||Topics in International Law*||3|
|INA 850||Political Theory||3|
|INA851||International Conflict and Conflict Resolution||3|
|INA 855||Politics and Migration||3|
Middle East Area Studies
|INA814||Topics in Middle East Politics*||3|
|INA826||Comparative Politics of the Middle East||3|
|INA830||International Relations of the Middle East||3|
*Courses listed as ‘Topics’ enable the program to create timely courses (e.g., Comparative Revolutions) or courses to be taught by renown specialists in the field. The specific focus of topics courses will vary from one semester to another.
Students admitted to the program can apply for graduate assistantships. Graduate assistantships are intended to enhance students’ educational experiences, through providing academic services to their department/school, such as teaching and research. In return, a percentage of their tuition fees is waived. This percentage ranges from 50% to 100% deduction of their tuition fees.
Opportunities after Graduation
A MA in International Affairs prepares students for a variety of professions including diplomacy, work in international organizations, journalism, research, and politics. In addition, many graduates also pursue Doctoral degrees in Lebanon, Europe and North America.
To meet the goals of a graduate degree, the program encourages students to get engaged in a large variety of extra-curricular activities that take place on and off campus. Students have the opportunity to participate in conferences, workshops, simulations organized by the school, departments and affiliated institutes and centers, especially the Institute of Social Justice and Conflict Resolution and the Institute for Migration Studies.
Applicants to the program must hold a bachelor degree in Political Science and/or International Affairs or a related field. Non-major applicants may be admitted with remedial requirements. More specific requirement can be found on LAU website at: www.lau.edu.lb
Full Time Faculty Members
Full-time faculty in International Affairs represent a diverse mix of educational backgrounds and current research interests. All have PhDs from distinguished universities in Europe, the United States, and Australia, and they have active research agendas ranging from communal conflict in Lebanon and the broader region, migration and diaspora, citizenship and identity formation, and international political economy. Faculty often engage graduate students in their research fieldwork as well as engage MA students in learning about teaching.
- Baroudi, Sami; Professor (Ph.D., Political Science, Indiana University)
- Fakhoury, Tamirace; Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Political Sciences, University of Freiburg)
- Ouaiss, Makram; Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University)
- Rowayheb, Marwan; Associate Professor (Ph.D., Political Science, University of London)
- Salamey, Imad; Associate Professor (Ph.D., Political Science, Wayne State University)
- Salloukh, Bassel; Associate Professor (Ph.D., Political Science, McGill University)
- Tabar, Paul; Associate Professor (Ph.D., Sociology/Anthropology, Macquarie University)
This program requires 30 credits, which can be completed in two years.
This program is offered in Beirut and Byblos.
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