Six degrees. A world of opportunity.

We offer five master’s degrees and one PhD program, any of which will give you the relevant and versatile skills to become a thought leader in fields like public administration, public and international affairs, development, and policy.

Choose a Focus with Specialized Majors

Our nine majors span the most relevant issues facing the world today, giving you practical knowledge to create change in communities far and wide.

  • Energy and Environment

    Explore the economics, politics, and policies of pressing environmental and energy issues.

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  • Governance and International Public Management

    Design, manage, and analyze governance reforms around the world.

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  • Human Security

    Work for the dignity of populations who are vulnerable to violence and deprivation.

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  • International Political Economy

    Impact the policies and regulations that shape business activity in the global economy.

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  • Nongovernmental Organizations and Civil Society

    Promote policy change from the bottom up through the nonprofit sector.

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  • Policy Research and Analysis

    Understand the consequences of public policies and the processes for creating them.

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  • Public and Nonprofit Management

    Meet challenges that span business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

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  • Security and Intelligence Studies

    Advance national and international security.

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  • Urban Affairs and Planning

    Address the planning and policy challenges facing communities across the globe.

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Programs and Partners

Whether it’s studying abroad, specializing in a specific area of the world, or graduating with multiple degrees, we provide opportunities for you to create an experience that meets your career goals. 

Centers, Institutes, and Initiatives

Through teaching, research, and outreach, we champion causes that make a difference in the lives of people around the globe. Here are a few of the areas where we focus our energy. 

  • Gender equality
  • Human rights
  • International security
  • Shale gas governance
  • Disaster management
  • Responsible leadership
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Course Information and Registration

Whether you're a full-time or part-time graduate student, GSPIA’s Office of Student Services can help you with enrolling in courses. The average course load is 12 credits per term. To be classified as full-time, you must take between 9 and 15 credits in the fall or spring term. If you register for fewer than 9 credits per term, you're considered part-time and will be billed on a per-credit basis. You may only register for more than 15 credits per term with written permission from the dean. If you register for more than 15 credits, you'll be billed for each additional credit that exceeds your full-time tuition rate.

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