New York City is home to the United Nations, global businesses and foundations, and more international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) than any other American city. There’s no better place to study international affairs and no more competitive, affordable school than Baruch College‘s nationally recognized Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.
The Marxe School offers a two-year, 42-credit Master of International Affairs for a new generation of forward-thinking students committed to responsible leadership in government, global institutions, international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) and business. The program can also be taken part-time.
This concentration focuses on 21st century security challenges including kinetic and cyber conflict, weapons proliferation, drug trafficking, terrorism, ethnic conflict, humanitarian disasters and the competition for scarce resources and displacement that will increasingly be the result of climate change.
As the number and influence of INGOs expands throughout the world, this concentration provides graduates with both practical management skills and policy expertise in economic development, migration, public health, the environment, communications, government relations and other key areas. Students will prepare for careers with INGOs, global institutions such as the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as corporate foundations and businesses committed to promoting development through international public-private partnerships.
The globalizing economy can be a path to success, but for many countries the adjustment has been hard and the promises of equity have yet to follow. Students will master treaty relationships, government policies, and the challenges of protecting public health, the environment, workers, and family integrity in a globalizing world. Graduates will be prepared for careers in government, international institutions, INGOs, and global businesses.
From Canada to the Southern Cone, the western hemisphere has the world’s largest developed economy, one of the fastest emerging economies, one of the most vital trading partnerships, and some of the most dynamic and complicated migration patterns anywhere on the planet. Students will study trade policy and economic cooperation, migration and remission flows, intra-hemispheric security and energy policy, preparing for careers in government, INGOs, international institutions, and private industry.
Working with a faculty adviser, students can design a rigorous program of study tailored to their interests and career ambitions. Examples may include migrations and diasporas, hemispheric security, and hemispheric marketing, among other topics.
The MIA In-Depth
Why Get a Global Degree?
Globalization, climate change, trade, migration, resource management, public health, food security—many of today’s greatest opportunities and most urgent problems transcend national borders. Governments at all levels, corporations, multilaterals, INGOs, and public-private partnerships need to work together to take on these demanding issues. In this challenging new world, the Marxe School’s Master of International Affairs program will prepare students to become creative and successful globally focused leaders in the public and private sectors.
Why Get your MIA at the Marxe School?
All students will master a rigorous core, including international economics, global communication, budgeting, policy analysis, and quantitative and qualitative methods. Faculty advisers will help students choose from one of the policy-rich concentrations and help guide them to exciting and rewarding careers. View the Master of International Affairs curriculum here.
You can pursue your degree with day, evening, hybrid and fully online courses for students who choose to study full time and those who will continue to work while they pursue an MIA.
Marxe students receive top-tier training in global issues, public policy, administration, and higher education–all dedicated to responsible leadership, civic service, and community engagement. Every student who studies abroad receives a Study Away Award. Other funding may also be available.
The MIA draws from distinguished faculties at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, the Zicklin School of Business, and the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences which include leading experts and practitioners in international public administration, communications, international affairs, non-profit management, area studies, marketing, trade, and international business.
Travel, Study, and Internship Opportunities
Work and study in the nation’s capital, as part of The Washington Semester. Or study abroad with one of our global partners, including Ghent University in Belgium; The Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China’s Sichuan Province; and Ko University in Istanbul, Turkey. The Marxe School also offers many internship opportunities in New York City and Washington, with guaranteed placement.
Contact Senior Director of Operations and Finance, Angelina Delgado for more information.
MIA Learning Goals
Understand and apply policy analysis to international domains
Manage and lead programmatic initiatives in governmental and nongovernmental organizations addressing international affairs
Study international policy convergence and policy diffusion
Understand and apply theories and methods of comparative public policy and administration, and international and national governance systems and interactions
Utilize analytic tools on the impact of regionalization and/or globalization, including efforts to harmonize or coordinate domestic and international policymaking and governance
Assess sub-national, national, trans-national, and supranational policies and political actors and their consequences for the problem-solving capacity of governance systems
Use media tools, old and new, to promote the interests of institutions
Meet Some of Our Alums
Erik Markewich, MIA 2022
Presidential Management Fellow
I came to Marxe to hone my understanding of international affairs and transition from a career in IT to the public sector. I took courses led by seriously excellent faculty and dove deeply into topics that I care about. For my capstone, I developed a database of human rights abuses by UN peacekeeping forces. I was selected for the Washington Semester (DEFINITELY take advantage of this if you can) and interned at the Center for Civilians in Conflict where I got hands-on experience with human rights. I’m now part of the Presidential Management Fellows program and will soon be starting a job in the Department of Defense focused on international affairs.”
Daisy Flores, MIA 2021
NYC Dept of Consumer and Worker Protection - Investigator
I came to Marxe because I wanted a career in government policy. I worked with Professor Robert Smith researching the impacts of DACA and other policies within New York’s Mexican community. I was one of Marxe’s first recipients of the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship and interned at the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs in Washington, where I worked on combating child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. All these opportunities prepared me for my current position at the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection where I help enforce worker protection laws and contribute to policy recommendations through research and outreach.”
David Dimov, MIA 2020
Deutsche Bank - Vice President, Sanctions & Embargoes Advisory
I came to the Marxe School from the financial industry to learn more about global governance and international relations and advance my career in anti-financial crimes. The Special Concentration allowed me to tailor my studies and my Capstone to my interests. I learned new skills, including how to improve my business communications, and expanded my network of colleagues. One of the most essential aspects of the MIA program is the open dialogue between professors and students–and how focused professors are on supporting students’ success.”
Jesse Bennett, MIA 2021
Church World Service - Senior Learning and Development Specialist
I decided to pursue a Master of International Affairs at Baruch because of its location in New York, with all the nonprofits throughout the city. I loved the collaborative nature of the Marxe classes and the tight knit MIA community. After my first semester, I chose to focus my studies on refugee crises and resettlement. My internship at the International Rescue Committee set me up for my Capstone project: a comparative analysis of the US and Swedish resettlement systems. I now work full time creating training programs for refugees and increasing the capacity of the resettlement affiliate network.”
Ogo Sylla, MIA 2020
Momentum Communications Group - Assistant Account Executive
I came to Marxe from Senegal, hoping to bring my skills as a journalist to the nonprofit sector. It turned out even better: I now work for a public relations agency that specializes in impact communications for nonprofits. My job allows me to interact with multiple organizations across the country and with some global partners. The MIA program prepares students to take on issues with worldwide implications. The most important part may be how it honed my writing skills and taught me how to best communicate mission-driven work.”
Claudia Huerta, MIA 2019
C40 Cities - City Diplomacy and Campaigns Manager
I came to Marxe from the private sector with the hope of transitioning to a fulfilling public sector career, although I wasn’t totally sure what form I wanted that career to take. The amazing faculty and diverse courses helped me define that path and I’ve now landed exactly where I want to be, working at the nexus of climate and migration. Two of the best opportunities at Marxe: The Washington Semester and my internship at the Inter-American Development Bank, which kick-started my public sector career, and the Capstone program, where I created a project that helped me land my current job.”
For more information on our alums and jobs click here.
Meet Some of Our Faculty
Carla Anne Robbins
Faculty Director and Clinical Professor of National Security Studies
Today global is local and borders are increasingly meaningless when it comes to meeting the greatest challenges.”
Dr. Robbins researches and writes about national security issues and the nexus of US foreign policy and politics. Before coming to Baruch, she was Deputy Editorial Page Editor at The New York Times and Chief Diplomatic Correspondent at The Wall Street Journal. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Marxe Chair of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Professor
The Marxe School’s Master of International Affairs program connects our students to a dynamic faculty addressing cutting-edge issues affecting our world. We prepare our graduate students to tackle global policy challenges.”
Dr. Arias researches security and politics in Latin America. His most recent book is Criminal Enterprises and Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the UN Development Programme, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and UN Habitat and was the principal author of the UN Introductory Handbook on Policing Urban Space.
Professor and Director, CUNY Institute for Demographic Research
Local and global issues are inextricably intertwined, particularly where climate change is concerned. The MIA offers a great venue to learn about issues and apply tools for today’s big challenges.”
Dr. Balk is a spatial demographer whose research focuses on urbanization and climate change. She currently serves as Co-Chair on the New York City Panel on Climate Change’s 4th Assessment, is a member of the Society and Economy Working Group of the New York State Climate Impacts Assessment, and the National Academy of Sciences Committee
Professor and Faculty Director, MPA Program
We are the closest MIA program to the UN, with many of our students working there. Our graduates are equipped to work with international NGOs, multinationals, and intergovernmental organizations.”
Dr. Casey is an expert on the management of NGOs and INGOs and most recently the author of The Nonprofit World, Civil Society and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector. He has served as an adviser to the European Union and done extensive research on the globalization
Professor and Associate Director, CUNY Institute for Demographic Research
The MIA program at Baruch – in the heart of NYC – is unique in bringing together highly engaged and diverse students with expert faculty who help them prepare for successful public and non-profit leadership roles.”
Dr. Heiland is an economist and demographer who has published on a wide range of topics, including the effects of the early retirement rules of the US Social Security system, the social dynamics of obesity, and the determinants of East-West German migration after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Thomas A. Leavitt
In a world with increasingly accessible data, our Master of International Affairs provides rigorous and cutting-edge training so that our graduates can evaluate the effectiveness of existing public policies and use evidence to implement new policies that change our world for the better.”
Dr. Leavitt’s research develops methods in causal inference, with a specific emphasis on randomized experiments, design-based inference, and their integration with Bayesian methodology. He applies these methodological developments to studies of racial and ethnic politics in a comparative perspective using original data from the US and South Africa. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University.
Marxe Endowed Chair in International Economics and Governance, and Associate Professor
For our students to succeed in a globalized world–whatever their path–understanding international economics is essential.”
Dr. Leblebicioglu’s research program is centered around issues in international macroeconomics, with a special focus on financial frictions, trade policy, and economic growth.
Marxe Chair of International Affairs and Professor
The Marxe School is the only international affairs program in the city that seeks to cultivate such a diverse student body and bring them into the real world of international policy. I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting and essential project.”
Dr. Mampilly’s research focuses on Africana studies, democracy, inequality, social movements and political violence.
George E. Mitchell
Associate Professor and Director, Center for Nonprofit Strategy Management
The Marxe School has an extraordinary concentration of leading faculty in public management and international affairs in the heart of the most exciting city in the world.”
Dr. Mitchell’s research and teaching focus on nonprofit and NGO management, leadership, and strategy. His book, Between Power and Irrelevance, examines how leading INGOs are adapting for the future.
Lecturer (Doctoral Schedule)
Marxe MIA students are able to leverage the rich global programming across the Baruch campus and the wider CUNY community.”
Dr. Muhleisen is a political scientist whose research project is centered around comparative policy, particularly international and European Union regulatory policy. She is the former Assistant Director of the European Union Studies Center and has taught courses on global governance, regionalism, and international organizations.
Robert C. Smith
In our MIA program, students work with cutting edge researchers and practitioners to understand and confront key challenges from climate change to political polarization and violence, to inequality and human rights.”
Prof. Smith’s public sociology seeks to use social science research to reduce inequality and injustice. He has been funded by the National Science and Guggenheim foundations. He has served as an expert witness in Voting Rights Acts cases, a case with a $20 million settlement from Wells Fargo, and first-authored an amici brief whose argument the Supreme Court used in continuing DACA in 2020. His next book is Horatio Alger Lives in Brooklyn, But Don’t Check His Papers.
This is an exciting new program because we are able to draw on the most current research and approaches to international affairs education.”
Dr. D’Souza is a development economist who studies food security and nutrition, conflict and instability, governance, and international trade. She has worked for the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and consulted for the World Bank.
Addressing the worlds’ most pressing challenges requires the understanding of global systems, societies, and cultures. Our MIA program allows students to explore these issues in New York City, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world and a true living laboratory.”
Dr. Valente’s research uses advanced quantitative methods and socioeconomic theory to investigate the impact of policies on underrepresented and marginalized groups, providing empirical support for addressing socioeconomic inequalities due to race, class, and gender in social, political, religious, and educational institutions. Her research also evaluates the impact of public policies on the quality of life (a.k.a. happiness) of minority groups. Dr. Valente’s regional focus is Latin America and Brazil.
Our Master of International Affairs graduates launch into their fields with the cutting-edge perspectives and skills that global organizations are demanding in one of the fastest periods of change in human history.”
Dr. Waisanen teaches Global Communication and Communication Strategy. He is the author of seven books, including Immigration and Strategic Public Health Communication: Lessons from the Transnational Seguro Popular Project (with Rob Smith and Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa) and Improv for Democracy: How to Bridge Differences and Develop the Communication and Leadership Skills Our World Needs.
President Emeritus and University Professor
The rules and principles of the Liberal World Order are under serious threat. While pursuing a graduate degree in the MIA program, students will have the opportunity to study and understand these and other global challenges in real time.”
Dr. Wallerstein served for five years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation Policy and Senior Defense Representative for Trade Security. He is also a Senior Non-resident Fellow on U.S. Foreign Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. His teaching focuses on national and global security challenges, including proliferation and climate change.