The curriculum of the Master of PSIA is comprised of courses in the following subfields: political theory, methodology, international relations, comparative politics, public administration, public policy, development policy, and economics. Courses are offered in each of these fields throughout students’ two years of study. Most courses represent approximately three hours of class attendance per week.

The curriculum is divided into first and second year courses. In the first year, students take four courses per semester. In the second year (including summer), students choose elective courses from a range of options and complete a capstone requirement.  Students wishing to take a different number of courses than prescribed must obtain the permission of the Program Chair. Students may also obtain permission to take substituted courses from other programs at AUA. Some second-year courses have prerequisites. Please check with the instructor or consult the AUA Catalog for details.  Learning outcomes are assessed in coursework through examinations, group projects, term papers, oral presentations, simulations, and class assignments. These outcomes are specified in course syllabi.

Full-time students will carry either 12 or 15 credits per semester. Part-time students must develop an approved program of study with the Chair. A course load of more than 15 or less than 12 credits requires prior approval from the Program Chair.