MA in Public Policy & International Affairs American University in Beirut

Course details

Students who earn a master’s degree in public policy and international affairs will be able to participate in and analyze the policy process in the Arab region within the global context.

Students will also be able to raise awareness about public policy and international problems; assess the quantity and quality of policy relevant data and theories; advance the capacity, accountability, and responsiveness of public actors; and promote sound public policies that are informed by evidence.

  • On successful completion of this interdisciplinary course of study, students will be able to::
  • Explain fundamental theories and processes of public policy and international affairs;
  • Apply techniques and methodologiesin public and international policy research;
  • (Analysis) critically analyze key policy and international affairs issues;
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills in public and international policy arenas;
  • Formulate domestic and international public policy alternatives and arguments;
  • Critically appraise the validity and limitations of domestic and international public policy theories and arguments.

Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements to the program will follow AUB Graduate Studies Policies. Bachelor degree holders from relevant fields of study are eligible to apply for admission into the program. Remedial courses may be needed for students as would be recommended by the Program. Students should have a GPA of at least 3.0 or 80 and good recommendations to be considered for regular admission into the program. . Students with GPA above 75 and below 80 are considered for admission on probation. A strong academic record in relevant fields, reference letters, a letter of intent, and a thoughtful personal statement will all be evaluated closely for entry into the program. Moreover, a minimum of one-year work experience is strongly recommended, and more is encouraged. It should further be noted that the MPPIA program seeks to foster a diverse group of students who come from different professional/social backgrounds and disciplines, and will take this under consideration (where relevant) when reviewing applicants’ files. Two to three pre-requisites (such as introductory classes in public administration, political science and economics) will be required for applicants who have a technical or natural scientific background, and thus have little or no relevant coursework in fields related to public policy and/or international affairs. However, the requirement for prerequisites, particularly for more experienced applicants, may be waived at the discretion of the MPPIA Admissions Committee.

About American University in Beirut

In 1862, American missionaries in Lebanon and Syria, under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, asked Dr. Daniel Bliss to withdraw from the evangelistic work of the mission in Lebanon to found a college of higher learning that would include medical training. It was felt that this college should have an American educational character, should be administered independently from the Mission, and should be maintained by its own funds. Dr. Bliss travelled to the United States in the summer of 1862 to solicit funds for this new enterprise. By August 1864 he had raised $100,000, but because of inflation during the Civil War it was decided that he should raise a sterling fund in England to start the operations of the college, leaving the dollar fund to appreciate. After collecting 4,000 in England, he travelled to Beirut in March 1866.

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