School of International Affairs

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School of International Affairs
Established July 1, 2007
Director Tiyanjana Maluwa, Ph.D.
Location University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Urban

The School of International Affairs of Pennsylvania State University was officially launched on July 1, 2007, having been approved by Pennsylvania State University's (Penn State) Board of Trustees in January 2007.[1] The school is administratively part of the Dickinson School of Law at its University Park campus location.[2] It draws extensively upon the intellectual resources of faculty in several academic colleges of the University. The School of International Affairs offers a professional master's degree in international affairs with several speciality concentrations. Its mission is to prepare exceptional students for careers and leadership positions in both the private and public sectors of an increasingly interdependent world.


The School operates under the guidance of Tiyanjana Maluwa, its inaugural Director and the law school's H. Laddie Montague Chair in Law, and a faculty governing council composed of leading faculty from some of Penn State's top graduate departments.[3]

The MIA program[edit]

The Master of International Affairs degree program requires one-and-one-half to two years of study and is open to applicants with a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. The program requires no particular undergraduate degree or course work, and students may range from recent graduates to mid career professionals seeking to upgrade their credentials or change career direction.

This program is designed to teach the specific content and skills areas necessary for international exchange. To that purpose, students spend their first year taking a core curriculum of six required courses each addressing separate key areas of international expertise. Once the core courses have been completed, students tailor the remainder of their degree through selected elective courses. Through the core and elective courses, students will acquire a strong intellectual knowledge base and competencies crucial to a professional career in the international arena, including: intercultural communication; leadership, analytical, and advocacy skills; and language proficiency.


  1. ^ "University to establish School of International Affairs". Penn State University. 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Penn State names inaugural director for School of International Affairs". Penn State University. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  3. ^ "Director named to new college", Billy Wellock, The Daily Collegian, March 29, 2007

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