Global Development Policy

Global Development Policy

Boston University - Boston, MA

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The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies is dedicated to advancing human progress through rigorous and creative undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; path-breaking research; and active engagement in innovative initiatives that apply this education and knowledge to make a real-world difference in the critical challenges humanity faces. Improving the human condition around the globe is at the core of the school's mission.The Pardee School offers a singular blend of academic and practical applications in international affairs. It provides a multidisciplinary curriculum that encompasses not only the traditional study of international politics, but also draws on history, economics, environmental studies, sociology and anthropology in order to advance students' understanding of global issues. The school has one of the largest programs in international relations in the United States, as well as one of the largest graduate programs within the College of Arts and Sciences at BU. It offers more courses on intelligence than any other civilian school in the nation. Other strengths include regional studies of the Middle East, East Asia, Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe, and Western Europe. Each program is designed to educate and train students for a variety of international relations careers, including positions related to diplomacy, environmental policy, foreign policy analysis, intelligence, media, sustainable development, and the corporate sector. Nine Master of Arts Programs The Pardee School offers nine interdisciplinary Master of Arts (MA) programs. These programs provide students with dynamic opportunities to learn about global issues through coursework not only in the Pardee School but also in related departments at BU, enabling students to tailor their program to fit their individual career goals and interests. By providing a wide-ranging and comprehensive set of analytical tools, the school's multidisciplinary approach gives students the skills they need to analyze diverse real-world situations. In addition to the flagship two-year MA in International Affairs, the Pardee School offers a range of specialized joint and dual degree programs, including degrees in IR & Religion, Global Development Policy, IR & Environmental Policy, and IR & International Communication, among others. An abbreviated mid-career international relations program is available for professionals with seven or more years of prior experience. Students can also choose to complete the Graduate Certificate in African Studies or the Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies in conjunction with their degree. Related Programs and Centers The Pardee School complements and enhances the BU educational experience by sponsoring a range of conferences and seminars, bringing dynamic, prominent guest speakers to the school. BU's various schools and departments offer numerous opportunities to attend sponsored talks and participate in research related to a variety of international affairs issues. Regional programs and centers within the Pardee School include the African Studies Center, the Center for the Study of Asia, the Center for the Study of Europe, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, the Latin American Studies Program, the Middle East and North Africa Studies Program, and the Institute on Culture, Religion, & World Affairs. A Dedicated Faculty with a Wide Range of Experience Faculty members of BU have been recipients of a wide range of awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize, Presidential Citizens Medal, Pulitzer Prize, and Guggenheim Fellowships, as well as recognition from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and National Academy of Sciences. The faculty of the Pardee School includes policy-oriented scholars and professionals who remain deeply involved in current international issues. Among the practitioners are former ambassadors, an international lawyer, and long-time employees of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Notable faculty include: Susan Eckstein, a leading expert on Latin American development and migration, as well as past president of the Latin American Studies Association; Kevin Gallagher, a noted development economist who writes regular columns for The Guardian and the Financial Times; Robert Loftis, a former U.S. Ambassador; and Joseph Wippl, a former senior station and division chief in the National Clandestine Service of the CIA. Financing Your Graduate Education Boston University provides $26.2 million in financial aid annually through its comprehensive financial aid services. Within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, students have access to a number of graduate scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship for students committed to community involvement and social justice, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Fellowship for students studying race relations and urban problems, and IR Department Graduate Research Assistantships. In 2013-2014, 28 students received merit-based financial support from the Pardee School. Federal Work-Study and other funds are also available. Financial award application deadline: 1/5; financial award applicants are required to submit FAFSA. Boston University -- Offering a Dynamic, Global Education With a foundation dating back to 1839, Boston University remains one of the most dynamic universities in the world. Today, this private urban research university looks to its celebrated thinkers, small class sizes, and groundbreaking interdisciplinary research to offer students truly global educations in more than 250 areas of study. Nearly one in seven students is classified as an international student, with students hailing from more than 139 nations. Boston University has satellite campuses and exchange programs in more than 30 cities on six continents. The university has been highly ranked by such publications as "Times Higher Education," and "The Economist," and has been featured by the "Princeton Review." The city of Boston has also been named among the top 20 best college towns in the nation.

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