Research course

International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development

American University of Paris · American University of Paris
MA by research

Entry requirements

Our application process is simple and straightforward: submit your information, send us your supporting documents, and receive your admission decision within three weeks.

Should you be accepted, you will receive a comprehensive information packet and be directed to online resources for admitted students.

Application deadlines

We review completed applications in “rounds” throughout the year. We encourage you to apply early: priority for admission and scholarships is given in earlier rounds.

Fall admission application completion deadline:

  • Round 1: by 1 February
  • Round 2: by 1 April
  • Round 3: after 1 April (based on available spaces)

Spring admission* application completion date:

  • Round 1 by September 15
  • Round 2 after September 15 (based on available spaces)

General requirements for graduate programs

A successful application to The American University of Paris requires several supporting documents and sometimes tests. Most can be uploaded directly in your online application. We cannot provide you with a decision until we receive all of your documents.

Online application form

  • Personal statement C.V. or résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts English Language Test (required for some applicants, see website for details)
  • Standardized tests (required for some programs)
  • French Language Test (Required for dual-language program)
  • Thesis Proposal

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Graduate School of Global Studies at The American University of Paris is an international platform for students to gain intellectual and professional skills, enabling them to open new professional opportunities; to advance to a higher degree; to discover a vocation; or to change fields and enable a career-transition.

Through a suite of carefully designed degrees taught by leading faculty, students develop pluralist and progressive perspectives on contemporary global problems from climate-change to conflict resolution; from crises in the Middle-East to transitional justice in Europe and Africa; from branding to the digitalization of our lives.

The Graduate School of Global Studies prides itself on its unique mix of analytic methodology and practical experience, its low student-teacher ratio and its highly individualized support for students. It is home to an energetic community of scholars and students in the heart of Paris and offers wide-ranging opportunities for internships and study-trips; as well as eventual membership in its dynamic alumni network.

In today's complex global climate, the need for analytical thinkers able to take on challenging transnational concerns is crucial. Our programs in international affairs offer a balance between solid intellectual preparation in the social sciences and hands-on professional training with international experts.

Interested students have the choice between two master’s programs:

  1. The MA in International Affairs taught exclusively in English and available as a one-year full-time or two-year part-time program. The program is composed of five courses (20 credits), plus five required modules (8 credits), which are short, workshop style seminars taught by visiting professionals. The final 8 credits are fulfilled with a required research methods seminar (2 credits) and a 12,000-word thesis (6 credits).
  2. The MA in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development a full-time, two-year, dual-language, dual-degree program. The program is composed of five courses taken at AUP (20 credits) and four courses taken at our French partner university (16 credits). In addition to these 9 courses there are 6 required modules (12 credits), these are short workshop style seminars taught by visiting professionals working in the fields of International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development. The final 14 credits are fulfilled with a required thesis writing seminar (2 credits) and a 15,000-word thesis (12 credits).

Our rigorous curriculum balances traditional theoretical courses in international affairs, international law, the international system, and area studies with hands-on short intensive courses taught by practitioners and specialists in conflict management, institutional design, policy design, and humanitarian and aid organizations.

The combination of strong foundational knowledge and hands-on, practical training make our International Affairs graduates stellar candidates for addressing complex, transnational concerns, either as scholars or practitioners.

After graduating from one of our programs, careers in government, NGOs, international institutions, or the business sector, open to you. Students from the dual-degree program have the additional bonus of being able to pursue opportunities in both English and French.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A graduate degree is an investment in your career and The American University of Paris provides a financial aid program to help you with that investment. The majority of our financial aid awards range from 25 percent to 50 percent of tuition and the average award amounts to about 30 percent.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Caroline Meyer