Master of Arts in International Affairs and Leadership

Want to change the world?

Join a different kind of online program that will get you on your way.

The Master of Arts in International Affairs and Leadership, an online degree offered by Arizona State University, empowers students to be future leaders in diplomacy, national security, and the global arena.

All-Practitioner Faculty

Ambassador Michael Polt visiting with a student

Learn from experts who have spent decades in the field – Ambassadors, Generals, senior U.S. and other international officials.

  • 9 U.S. Ambassadors
  • 2 flag-rank officers
  • Senior State and Defense officials
  • Senior Congressional staff

Engage with these experts directly:

  • Voluntary weekly Zoom meetings with faculty
  • 7:1 faculty-student ratio
  • Small (10-30) class sizes
  • Learn about careers in the Foreign Service, military, and other fields

Faculty bios

Courses and Global Opportunities

Choose from a growing number of regional, thematic and experiential courses. Explore in-person and hands-on experiences as well.

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  • Optional tuition-free Washington Week immersion in international affairs
  • Applied character-driven leadership taught by retired senior officers
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • For-credit internship opportunities
  • For-credit research for State Department
  • Preparation for Foreign Service careers
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  • Culminating Capstone project
  • Opportunities for paid fellowships
  • Up to 2 approved non-IAL courses permitted
  • Online discussions with students from ASU partner universities overseas
  • Qualify for military FAO program
  • Invitations to topical policy discussions

Whether you are a full-time professional or a full-time student, advance through the ASU Online MA in International Affairs and Leadership program at your own pace. 

  • 30 credit (10 courses) degree program
  • 4 required courses (including Capstone)
  • Transfer of credits available with approval
  • Flexible pacing – graduate in 1-6 years
  • Several start dates throughout the year
  • No prior work experience required
  • Financial assistance opportunities
  • Summer courses available
  • Military friendly
  • Regional and thematic study groups
  • Rapid responses to applications

Contact us

Email Program Manager Ashley Wright at with any questions.