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Global citizens and problem-solvers are in demand in today’s world. A master's in international affairs from the University of West Florida will provide you with the training you need to confront the challenges of an increasingly globalized world.

Why Study International Affairs at UWF?

Globalization has profoundly altered political, socioeconomic and cultural forces around the world. It is no longer possible to understand our most pressing problems or opportunities through only a local or even national frame.

At UWF, you will tackle real-world policy problems and learn to apply theoretical frameworks for systematic analysis, working together in a small, interactive classroom environment that fosters collaborative learning. These skills and experiences will equip you to work in a global environment.

What You Will Learn

Our program focuses on security studies and diplomacy. You will delve into international politics, including relations between countries; trade and diplomatic negotiations; foreign policy; military conflict and engagement; and the processes of policy-making and strategic decision-making.

Our faculty have academic and career expertise in international politics, intelligence, naval war power, foreign policy, international conflict, extremism and political violence, and national security policy.

You may choose a thesis option or a non-thesis option. The non-thesis option is capped with a Comprehensive Exam Standards, both written and oral.

The degree is offered face-to-face and synchronously online. Students can apply for a graduate assistantship to work with faculty on research, with a half tuition waiver and additional hourly pay.

In addition to the University's graduate admission requirements, applicants must meet the following minimum departmental admission requirements:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Submission of a sample research paper
  • Completion of supplemental questions on Graduate Application
Interested in this program online?

You will attend live lectures, during the scheduled course time, and enjoy face-to-face interaction with other students and faculty in real time.

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Careers & Outcomes

A master’s degree in international affairs is highly sought after by employers including national defense contractors, multinational corporations, intelligence agencies, market research firms and organizations providing strategic analysis. Below are common job titles for international affairs graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles

  • Policy or Political Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Senior Military Officer
  • Diplomatic Service Officer
  • Government Affairs Manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Non-Profit Administrator or Project Coordinator


  • FBI
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Military Services
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Various Think Tanks

UWF adds master's degree in international affairs Fall 2020

The new standalone degree emphasizes international politics, including relations between countries, trade and diplomatic negotiations, foreign policy, military conflict and engagement, and policy guidance and decision-making.

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the International Affairs program.

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