International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development

Requirements: MA in International Affairs, Conflict

Resolution and Civil Society Development (62 credits)

Requirements and credit counts differ for the various Master’s programs at AUP. Please note that all requirements from previous years can be found in our archive catalogs.

Graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00. Students with a GPA of less than 3.00 will be placed on probation. Only two grades of C (or C+) may be counted towards an M.A. degree. Students do not earn credit for grades below C.

All courses carry four credits unless otherwise noted. 


Core Courses (8 credits)

Select two courses from the following list
Course Number Course Name
PO/PL5005 Philosophical Foundations of International Relations
PO5012 Civil Society: International and Comparative Perspective
PO5058 Conflict Management
PO5072 US & World Affairs


Electives (28 credits)

Course Number Course Name
Elective 1 Any graduate-level course coded LW or PO
Elective 2
Elective 3
Plus four courses at the Sorbonne
Course Number Course Name
External 1 Four courses at the Sorbonne
External 2
External 3
External 4


Modules (12 credits)

Course Number Course Name
Module 1 Modules (2 credits each)
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
Module 6


THESIS (14 credits)

Course Number Course Name
PO5095 Research Project (12 credits)
PO5099 Thesis Methodology Seminar (2 credits)



Important note: this is the standard timeline for a Fall and Spring entry to the program. For year one, summer is not included in the below plan. It is possible to include a summer registration with approval from the program director.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
2 core courses 2 core courses 1 AUP course  Thesis
2 elective courses 2 elective courses 1 elective  
1 Sorbonne course (taken in fall or spring of year 1) 1 Sorbonne seminar (taken in fall or spring of year 1) 2 Sorbonne courses (taken in fall or spring of year 2)  
    Thesis seminar  
16 credits 18 credits 16 credits 12 credits

* The length of the internship or thesis may vary, however—many students choose to take additional time for these components. 
** A special note:  U.S. Federal regulations state that AUP students receiving federal loans cannot do their Internship or write up their thesis in the United States. Students can only complete an Internship in the United States when it is not in pursuit of their degree.