PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

The Pennsylvania State University

School of International Affairs Program


The Penn State School of International Affairs is a flexible, interdisciplinary program that offers students a uniquely customizable Masters of International Affairs Degree at one of the world's largest and most prestigious research universities—offering the benefits of a personalized, small-classroom experience alongside all the resources of one of the top 50 universities in the United States.


Degrees Offered

Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.)
Joint J.D./M.I.A. with Penn State Law

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

In addition to the ability for students to create their own concentration, the School of International Affairs offers concentrations in:
Development Policy;
Dispute Resolution;
Environment and Resources;
Humanitarian Response and Human Rights;
International Business and Economics;
International Cybersecurity;
International Energy Policy;
International Public Policy;
International Security Studies;
Middle East Studies.

Area Studies

Maastricht, Netherlands;
Seoul, South Korea;
Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Leeds, United Kingdom;
London, United Kindgom;
Amman, Jordan;
Warsaw, Poland;
Rabat, Morocco;
Tel Aviv, Israel;
Dakar, Senegal;
Shanghai, China;
Nairobi, Kenya;
Dublin, Ireland;
Paris, France;
Santiago, Chile;
Rome, Italy;
Udaipur, India;
Geneva, Switzerland.

Graduate Program Overview

At the Penn State School of International Affairs, you will learn from career diplomats, military leaders, and leading scholars. You will work with our academic advisor to build a degree that works for you, with access to courses from across any of Penn State’s internationally-ranked graduated disciplines. You will benefit from our dedicated Career Services Office, which boasts a career placement rate within 12 months of graduation of over 95% for the past four years. You will study in a truly international community with classmates from around the world.

But most of all, you will take the first step toward a rewarding, international career. You want to change the world. We want to help you do it.

Admissions Deadline

Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based SIA scholarships must apply by February 15. Applicants who are not requesting financial aid consideration must apply by March 21. Decisions will begin to be released in mid-March and on a rolling basis after that.

Admissions Overview

To be considered for admission into the School of International Affairs, all applicants must complete the Graduate School's online application which includes:

Two letters of recommendation
Current Resume or CV
Please be sure to include any experience with foreign language and international travel
Copies of official transcripts from all previous institutions*
Official GRE Score report, school code 2660 (LSAT acceptable for J.D./M.I.A. applicants)
A Statement of Purpose that details:
the applicant's academic/vocational background and goals
any international/intercultural interests, experiences, or training
an area or areas of interest on which the applicant wishes to focus while in the program
any type of internship and job placement the applicant hopes to achieve during and after enrollment in the program
the applicant's specialized skills (language proficiency, research, etc….)
the applicant as a person/student and why they are a good candidate for admission to the School of International Affairs
No required length, but an average statement of purpose is 2 pages double-spaced.

Contact Information

The Pennsylvania State University
Lewis Katz Building
University Park, Pennsylvania
(814) 867-2242

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