mastertThe Master of Science in International Affairs at the FSU campus in the Republic of Panama is an interdepartmental graduate program offering globally-oriented professionals the opportunity to acquire an understanding of increasingly complex issues that transcend national boundaries. Courses are selected from the participating departments of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning, and the School of Public Administration and Policy. The program is structured so that it can be individually tailored to a wide variety of career goals, but overall the main emphasis is to integrate one´s preparation in any one of the traditional disciplines with an international, interdisciplinary emphasis. The Master´s degree in International Affairs is designed to enable students to pursue successful careers in government service, business, international institutions and non-governmental organizations.

FSU is committed to providing a stimulating academic environment that promotes intellectual discovery through rigorous scholarship; the Republic of Panama, a vibrant cosmopolitan center that attracts international institutions from the private and public sectors, offers our students unique opportunities to explore both the theoretical and practical aspects shaping international affairs. After 55 years of strong educational presence in Panama, FSU Panama is prepared to launch its first graduate program.



The Master of Science in International Affairs at the FSU campus in the Republic of Panama is a 32 semester-hour graduate program that can be completed in 5 semesters of enrollment.  Specific requirements are listed below.

All students are required to take:
  • The Seminar in International Affairs, 3 credits, which provides a core course for all majors in the program and serves as an introduction to references and research tools in international relations; disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches and basic concepts in the field;
  • The International Affairs Colloquium, 1 credit, repeatable, which deals with contemporary problems and issues in international affairs;
  • The International Affairs course Problems of Globalism, 3 credits, which provides background for a theoretical and practical understanding of today’s international and regional organizations;
  • At least 9, but no more than 18 semester hours in one of the participating departments;
  • Course work in at least three of the participating departments;
  • At least six hours focusing on the developing or post-communist world (i.e., outside of the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand); and
  •  written master’s comprehensive examination for the course type program or an oral master’s thesis defense for the thesis type program. Exam or thesis must be completed within 7 years after completing the coursework.


FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: All students must satisfy the foreign language requirement for the Master of Arts degree, even if they choose to graduate with a Master of Science degree. Proficiency in a foreign language will be demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Reading Knowledge Examinations (GER 5069, ITA 5069, POR, 5069, RUS 5069, SPN 5069) or on the Graduate School Foreign Language Tests of the Educational Testing Service;
  • Certification by the appropriate language department;
  • Completion of twelve semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of at least 3.0 (B);
  • Or four years of a single language in high school.
Students may count up to six semester hours of graduate level courses in a foreign language toward the master’s degree, as long as those courses represent work over and above that required for fulfilling the foreign language requirement.


THE AREAS OF CONCENTRATION IN FSU PANAMA: Students in the Master’s program of FSU Panama will be able to choose one of two departments for their concentration: Political Science or Economics. A minimum of 9 and a maximum of 18 hours must be taken in one of these two areas. The remaining hours can be selected from courses offered through the following departments: Philosophy, Religion, Urban and Regional Planning, History, and Geography.


Tuition and fees for the Master in International Affairs

Tuition  Cost
32 semester hours @ $ 400.00 per credit hour $12,800
Application fee (first semester only) $100
FSU ID ($5.00 per semester) for 5 semesters $25
Technology/Recreation fee ($100 per semester) for 5 semesters $500
Insurance ($8 per semester) for 5 semesters $40
Total $13,465


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