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Public and International Affairs - Two Capitals, Two Masters

Virginia Tech

24 months
18942 USD/year
18942 USD/year
9398 USD/year
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The Public and International Affairs - Two Capitals, Two Masters program of Virginia Tech is an innovative double Master’s program, designed to offer students the opportunity to study, train, and network in two major centers of political activity, Washington D.C. and Brussels.

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Key facts:

With their locations, near the U.S. executive (The White House), legislative (U.S. Congress) and judicial (Supreme Court) branches in Washington D.C. and NATO and EU headquarters in Brussels, the two universities offer ample opportunities for learning, research and professional advancement.

The Public and International Affairs - Two Capitals, Two Masters program of Virginia Tech is designed for students interested to study the corridors of power up close and personal, as decisions about international politics are being made. The program benefits students interested in government, teaching or non-profit careers, helps them learn to navigate the U.S. and the EU institutional structures, and offers them opportunities to network for their future. It allows students to earn two graduate degrees — an appealing feature in the job market — in half the time, and for half the cost of a typical graduate degree in the United States, making it a cost and time-effective alternative to existing graduate programs in international affairs.

The program consists of the following:

  • One year of study at the University of Kent, Brussels (UKB): Students select an MA from the following specializations: international relations, international conflict and security, international political economy, European public policy, or international development.
  • One year of study at Virginia Tech, National Capital Region (VT-NCR): Students enroll in the Master’s in Public and International Affairs (MPIA).
  • At the end of two years, students earn an MA from UKB, and an MPIA from VT.

Programme Structure

  • The two-year MPIA degree is a 36 credit hour degree. Students take 12 credit hours of foundational core classes, 12 credit hours of modes of inquiry classes, and 12 credit hours of elective classes. Classes are focused on various aspects and dimensions of ‘global security,’ including new security agendas, conflict analysis and resolution, international development and international political economy.

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  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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General requirements

  • U.S. students need an average of 3.2 GPA if they want to enroll in Two Capitals.
  • UKB students need an average score of 60 or better if they want to enroll in Two Capitals.
  • Submit your application online, along with the $75 application fee
  • Include a scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • The Graduate School doesn’t require entrance tests, but check to see whether your department requires you to submit GRE, GMAT, or subject test scores with your application

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    18942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9471 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9398 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4699 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Blacksburg

1166 - 1906 USD /month
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