The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies Boston University

The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies Boston University

Boston, MA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
April 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
9 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


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, as well as one of the largest graduate programs within the College of Arts and Sciences at BU. It offers more courses on intelligence than any other civilian school in the nation. Other strengths include security, development, environment, 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.

Nine Master of Arts Programs

The Pardee School offers nine interdisciplinary Master of Arts (MA) programs .

In addition to the flagship two-year MA in International Affairs, the Pardee School offers degrees in Global Development Policy, International Relations and Environmental Policy, International Relations and International Communication, International Relations and Religion, and Latin American Studies. An abbreviated mid-career International Relations program is available for professionals with seven or more years of prior experience, 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.

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. In 2013-2014, 28 students received merit-based financial support from the Pardee School. 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 Latin American Studies Program, the Middle East and North Africa Studies Program, 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.

Location & Contact

The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

Boston University

121 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
United States

Adil Najam


Phone: 617-353-9279
Fax: 617-353-9290

Michael Williams

Graduate Program Administrator

Phone: 617-353-9349
Fax: 617-353-9290

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • International Affairs Master of Arts (MA)
    • International Relations And International Communication Master of Arts (MA)
    • International Relations And Religion Master of Arts (MA)
    • Latin American Studies Master of Arts (MA)
    • International Relations, Mid Career Master of Arts (MA)
    • International Relations And Environmental Policy Master of Arts (MA)
    • Global Development Policy Master of Arts (MA)
    • Master of Arts/Juris Doctor (MA/JD)
    • Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts (MBA/MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 51
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


67% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 338
    • Accepted 229
    • Acceptance Rate 67
    • Enrolled 36
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $80
    • Application Fee - International $80
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 15th April 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th October 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, 3 letters of recommendation, and transcript of all prior college coursework, statement of purpose
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students93
    • Female Percentage66%
    • Male Percentage34%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students93
    • Part-time Percentage16%
    • Full-time Percentage84%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian75%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown9%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty43
    • Full-time Percentage77%
    • Part-time Percentage23%
    • Female Percentage28%
    • Male Percentage72%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchInternational relations, area studies, political economy, global development policy, global climate
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported