The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

MA in International Affairs

The MA in International Affairs supports the Lebanese American University’s core mission, vision and values by:


Starting fall 2020, distinguished students can benefit from a full scholarship. Deadline to apply: June 30, 2020.

Program Mission Statement

The MA 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. 

Program Objectives

Students who complete the MA in International Affairs program will:

  1. Gain critical understanding in the theoretical, practical, legal and ethical dimensions of international relations; 
  2. Demonstrate command of analytical and experiential approaches to learning;
  3. Develop dispositions for continuous professional development as life-long learners; and
  4. Adapt to different academic and professional milieus.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a strong knowledge of political, historical, economic and social processes that shape national and international relations;
  2. Exhibit an understanding of theories and paradigms used to comprehend and explain international relations;
  3. Acquire and demonstrate critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and explain complex and dynamic processes at the national, regional and global levels;
  4. Exhibit an ability to explain, defend and critique, orally and in writing, the causes, issues and institutional arrangements that shape today’s global order;
  5. Acquire qualitative and quantitative research and writing skills necessary to produce quality research papers and a capstone research project;
  6. Gain practical understanding of the workings of national and international institutions and organizations involved in international relations; and,
  7. Attain practical leadership, conflict resolution and diplomatic negotiation skills.

MA Requirements:

In order to qualify for a MA in International Affairs, students must complete 30 credits from the following courses: 

Core requirements (12 Credits)

Number Course Cr
INA811 Theories of International Affairs 3
INA 852 Research Methodology 3
INA899 Thesis 6

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

Number Course Cr
INA812              Foreign Policy Analysis                                                         3           
INA813 Topics in International Relations* 3
INA815 Topics in International Organizations* 3
INA820 Globalization 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
INA 885 Internship 3

 Middle East Area Studies

Number Course Cr
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.

 Graduate Assistantship

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

An 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.

Extra-Curricular Activities

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:

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.


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