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Program Planning

Getting Started

The Master of Science in International Affairs and Global Enterprise is both interdisciplinary and customizable. While this versatility allows you to tailor your education to your specific interests, it is crucial to consider your personal goals and needs when planning your coursework. We recommend that students begin creating a provisionary schedule as soon as they receive their acceptance letter to ensure that they can receive the most benefit from the program.

Core Classes

Except for the Foundations course and the Capstone course, students are free to design their schedules. Please note that not all core classes are offered every semester, so students should prioritize them when registering for classes.

Sample Core Course Layout | Full-Time Student

Year Fall Spring Summer
First Year

IAGE 6800 Foundations of IAGE*

Elective 1 

Elective 2

POLS 6630 Foundations of International Organizations

MGT 6790 International Mangement

Elective 3

ECON 6520 Multinational Firms:


Second Year

LAW Core Class

PADMN 6289 Research Design for Public Administrators

Elective 4

IAGE 6900 Capstone**

Elective 5

Elective 6


*IAGE 6800 must be taken during the first semester
**IAGE 6900 must be taken during the final semester



An internship is an essential part of the MIAGE experience and should provide you with opportunities to utilize the concepts that you are learning with MIAGE. Plan your internship well before your first day of class. There are numerous opportunities, and many of them have application dates far in advance of the actual start date. Identify your top internships early on to avoid missing out on incredible opportunities!



Elective Classes

Before selecting your elective classes, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What is my anticipated career field,
  2. Which skills are necessary to be competitive in that field? 
  3. What are current employers requesting in their job postings?
  4. What are my current professional strengths and weaknesses?

After considering each question, explore our curriculum list and the current course schedule to find courses relevant to your goals. Keep in mind that while not every class is offered each semester, there are often highly relevant available alternatives. Each elective class you select should be purposeful. By selecting classes relevant to your goals, you can maximize your personal and professional growth.


What If I Don't Know My Career Field Yet?

It is not uncommon for students to consider multiple career options or even change their career goals after starting the program. Even if you are still uncertain of your direct path, your elective choices should always be purposeful. If you are still considering several career fields, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What are my top three career field choices, and what do they have in common?
  2. Which transferrable skills are missing from my current resume?

You should select classes that will strengthen your professional abilities. If you are still uncertain, it may be beneficial to focus on completing your core classes before registering for your electives. Many students discover new interests and skills in their core coursework that later shape their elective course choices.

We also highly recommend that you work with the Career and Professional Development Services Department at the University to ensure that you are on the right track. 

Popular Career Fields

Most MIAGE students fall into three general career categories: international business, international nonprofit, and international government. While students are certainly not limited to these career fields, the MIAGE program does provide students with the essential knowledge and skills needed to find success in each of them.

U.S. Department of State

Many MIAGE students and applicants express interest in working for the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. Click the button below to see how you can optimize your Master of Science in International Affairs and Global Enterprise for a career in diplomacy and international affairs with the U.S. Department of State!

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Last Updated: 4/5/21