The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies Boston University

The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies Boston University

Boston, MA
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January 15
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6 Degrees Offered
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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.

Location & Contact

The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

Boston University

121 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
United States

Adil Najam


Phone: 617-358-0988
Fax: 617-353-9290

Holly Chase

Graduate Affairs Manager

Phone: 617-358-8625
Fax: 617-353-9290

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Global Policy Master of Arts (MA)
    • International Affairs Master of Arts (MA) [International Affairs ]
    • Latin American Studies Master of Arts (MA) [Latin American Studies ]
    • International Relations Master of Arts (MA) [International Affairs ]
    • Master of Arts/Juris Doctor (MA/JD)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts (MBA/MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 31
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • 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? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees 1 Foreign Language, Thesis Required for some and capstone
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


78% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 377
    • Accepted 296
    • Acceptance Rate 78
    • Enrolled 41
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $95
    • Application Fee - International $95
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 15th December 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, 3 letters of recommendation, transcript of all prior college coursework, and personal statement, resume or curriculum vitae (recommended)
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 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 submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students110
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students110
    • Part-time Percentage9%
    • Full-time Percentage91%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian42%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown or International Student42%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • 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



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