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Degree Requirements

A partial list of the courses students may take in the MIAGE program can be found here.

Eiffle towerThe Master of Science in International Affairs and Global Enterprise is a 39 credit degree program, (42 if the internship is required.) The curriculum is divided into seven core courses and six elective courses. It is designed to equip you with a deeper understanding of global business and the social, legal, political, cultural, and economic context within which it occurs.

The Foundations class prepares students for success throughout their program by introducing key concepts and theories from the major disciplines that make up the MIAGE curriculum. This course is only offered in the Fall semester, and it should be taken as early in the program as possible. 

The Capstone class is the culmination of the MIAGE degree. Students apply what they have learned throughout their program and prepare to enter the job market. They also complete a major research paper. This course is only taught in the Spring and should be taken during or close to the final semester. 

Required Core Courses (21 credits, 24 if internship required)

IAGE 6800 Foundations in International Affairs and Global Enterprise (3 credits)
MGT 6790
- International Management (3 credits)
SOC 6110 Methods of Social Research (3 credits)
ECON 6520 Multinational Firms: International Trade and Investment (3 credits)
POLS 6710 Foundations of the Politics of International Economic Relations (3 credits)
LAW One course to be selected from the alternatives listed below under Elective Courses - Law (3 credits)
IAGE 6900 Capstone Seminar in International Affairs and Global Enterprise (3 credits)


IAGE 6910 International Affairs and Global Enterprise Internship (3 credits if required)

Elective Courses (18 credits)

Students are required to choose six elective courses. Students select courses from the David Eccles School of Business (DESB), the S.J. Quinney College of Law (SJQCL) and the College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) for a minimum of 18 credit hours. No more than nine elective credits may be taken from any one department. Students are allowed to take one 5000 level course, preferably from Geography. Subject to approval, one elective (3 credits) may be substituted by another course from elsewhere on campus.

A list of the kinds of courses taught in our program is included here, though please note that it is not exhaustive. Every semester, new internationally-themed courses are being taught in the programs that comprise MIAGE. One month before registration, the MIAGE program manager posts the official MIAGE course schedule. View the latest schedule.

Major Research Paper/Project

MIAGE is a non thesis program; however, before graduating, students are required to submit a 25 page research paper on a international issues of their choice. Most students will complete this paper as part of their Capstone course (IAGE 6900). Students are strongly encouraged to expand on a paper they've written earlier in the program. Ideally the paper should address a business, management, or legal topic explored from a socio-cultural or political economy context and drawing from different disciplines. 

Depending on the framework of your research question, one or two areas of knowledge will likely, and appropriately, receive more emphasis than the others--but do not exclude the others entirely. For example, if a student chooses to explore the management challenges attendant to employing foreign nationals, she would do well to explore the cultural challenges these individuals are likely to experience. Certainly, there are legal challenges that fit into this equation as well.

Students are also invited to put their creativity to work by developing and submitting proposals for applied projects that benefit an existing international nonprofit organization or business. These hands-on projects can be performed independently or in connection with an internship. A written report must be submitted after the project is complete.

Major Research Paper Deadlines and Guidelines

Final Exam or International Internship

All students beginning Spring 2016 will take IAGE 6900 Capstone in International Affairs and Global Enterprise in place of comprehensive final exams.

Students who began earlier have the choice to take comprehensive exams or serve an international internship:

Students will have three hours to answer three to six questions using theories, models or other information obtained in the six core courses. Students will be expected to take an interdisciplinary approach to cover all the issues addressed in each question. The expected length of each response will depend on the number of questions the student is asked to answer.

The exam should be taken in the final semester of your program. Please contact the program manager to arrange a date in plenty of time before the end of your final semester.

Students may substitute the comprehensive exam for a full-time international internship of approximately 12 weeks served in a country other than the one the student is from. Students are expected to arrange their own internship. Students will write a four page paper that links knowledge obtained in the program with the hands-on experience obtained during the internship. The paper should be submitted to the program director within two weeks of the completion of the internship or before the end of the semester (whichever comes first).

Language Requirement

MIAGE students are required to test at a second year equivalency in a foreign language. The test can be taken at a university, or at another institution pending prior approval from the MIAGE program manager.

Sample Curriculum

Last Updated: 5/8/17