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Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

Boston, MA


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The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University

The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies is dedicated to advancing human progress. 

Through rigorous and creative undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, path-breaking research, and active engagement in innovative initiatives, our students apply their education and knowledge to make a real-world difference in the critical challenges humanity faces. 

The school has one of the largest programs in international relations in the United States, and offers more courses on intelligence than any other civilian school in the nation. Other strengths include security, development, environment, international communication, international public health policy, religion, regional studies and cross-cultural studies.

Each program is designed to educate and train students for a variety of international relations careers, including positions related to diplomacy, sustainable development, foreign policy analysis, intelligence, media, environmental policy, and the corporate sector.

Six Master of Arts Programs

The Pardee School offers six MA programs with eight functional specializations, two dual-degree programs, one regional degree and two graduate certificates. The flagship two-year MA in International Affairs offers graduate students in-depth functional specializations in Diplomacy, International Communication, Global Economic Affairs, Security Studies, and Religion and International Affairs. The year-and-a-half MA in Global Policy provides graduate students a rigorous grounding in core skills of global policy while offering three functional specializations in Environmental Policy, Developmental Policy, and International Public Health Policy. The Pardee School also offers  an MA in Latin American Studies. A one-year, accelerated program in International Relations program is available for professionals work experience relevant to international affairs, and dual degrees are offered in International Relations and Master of Business Administration and International Relations and Juris Doctor. Students can also choose to complete a Graduate Certificate in African Studies or Asian Studies in conjunction with their degree. The Pardee School also offers a rigorous five-year Bachelor of Arts in International Relations/Master of Arts in International Affairs program designed to ensure that students develop both broad and deep knowledge of the interdisciplinary field of international relations while acquiring a rich and varied research experience. The BA/MAIA supports the academic and career goals of undergraduate students by allowing them to graduate with a rigorous professional MA in International Affairs, with only one additional year of course work.

These programs provide students with dynamic opportunities to learn about global issues through coursework not only in the Pardee School but also in related departments at BU, enabling students to tailor their program to fit their individual career goals and interests. By providing a wide-ranging and comprehensive set of analytical tools, the school's multidisciplinary approach gives students the skills they need to analyze diverse real-world situations.

Financing Your Graduate Education

Boston University provides $26.2 million in financial aid annually through its comprehensive financial aid services. Students have access to a number of graduate scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship for students committed to community involvement and social justice, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Fellowship for students studying race relations and urban problems, and Graduate Research Assistantships. Over 50% of the 2016 incoming class was offered scholarship aid. Federal Work-Study and other funds are also available.

Related Programs and Centers

The Pardee School complements and enhances the BU educational experience by sponsoring a range of conferences and seminars, bringing dynamic, prominent guest speakers to the school. Regional and Thematic Studies Centers within the Pardee School include the African Studies Center, the Center for the Study of Asia, the Center for the Study of Europe, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Global Development Policy Center, and the Institute on Culture, Religion, & World Affairs. BU's various schools and departments offer numerous opportunities to attend sponsored talks and participate in research related to a variety of international affairs issues.

A Dedicated Faculty with a Wide Range of Experience

The Pardee School offers a world-class array of faculty members with backgrounds in diplomacy, intelligence, academia, the military, and more. Moreover, the Pardee School prides itself on being a teaching school, with students rating the accessibility and engagement of their professors at the highest levels.

Faculty members of BU have been recipients of a wide range of awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize, Presidential Citizens Medal, Pulitzer Prize, and Guggenheim Fellowships, as well as recognition from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and National Academy of Sciences.

Boston University - Offering a Dynamic, Global Education

With a foundation dating back to 1839, Boston University remains one of the most dynamic universities in the world. Nearly one in seven students is classified as an international student, with students hailing from more than 139 nations. Boston University has satellite campuses and exchange programs in more than 30 cities on six continents. 

The combination of cutting-edge research and instruction in global studies with the deep resources of BU is what gives Pardee School students their advantage in the workforce and on the world stage. From the class of 2014, 87 percent of our graduates are working full time in government offices, NGOs and the private sector.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts/Juris Doctor (MA/JD)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts (MBA/MA)
Master of Arts (MA) Global policy
Master of Arts (MA) International relations
Master of Arts (MA) International affairs
Master of Arts (MA) Latin American studies

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 31
Doctoral Degrees 4

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
1 Foreign Language
Thesis Required for some


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
Spring deadline December 15th December 15th No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements 3 letters of recommendation, transcript of all prior college coursework, personal statement, resume or curriculum vitae (recommended)

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 84

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Application deadlines for financial awards January 15
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 4.55%
Black or African American 4.55%
White or Caucasian 41%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 5.45%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 0.91%
Unknown 1.82%


Male (40%)
Female (60%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 33
Part-time - 10
Male (31)
Female (12)


Focus of faculty research: International relations, area studies, political economy, global development policy, global climate
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 121 Bay State Road
Boston, MA  02215
United States
Contact Adil Najam
Phone: 617-358-0988
Fax: 617-353-9290