Coursework and Schedule
For the Master’s in Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech Northern Capital Region (MPIA)
The two-year MPIA degree is a 36 credit hour degree. Students take 12 credit hours of foundational core classes, 12 credit hours of modes of inquiry classes, and 12 credit hours of elective classes (click here for the most recent handbook; course listings start on page 11). Classes are focused on various aspects and dimensions of ‘global security,’ including new security agendas, conflict analysis and resolution, international development and international political economy.
Students enrolled in Two Capitals transfer credits from University of Kent Brussels towards the completion of the 36 credit hour requirement. The maximum they can transfer is 15 credits, or the equivalent of 5 three credit courses.
The final requirement is to write a major paper, which is a journal article sized academic work on a subject determined by students in consultation with their advisor.
For the MA at University of Kent, Brussels Economics Module at University of Kent
Students can select any of the following MA degrees: international relations, international conflict and security, international political economy, European public policy, or international development. Irrespective of which MA they choose, the following applies:
– 12 months of graduate work at much higher intensity than undergraduate study.
– 6 modules during the first two semesters. Each module is worth 20 credits (10ECTS).
– Write a thesis during the summer semester. The thesis is 60 credits.
For more information, click here to check UKB page for course selection.
Schedule of Study
Depending on where and when students start the Two Capitals program, they can earn two graduate degrees in two years, or more.
– Fall semester: At University of Kent, Brussels (UKB), the Fall semester starts in September and ends in December. At Virginia Tech National Capital Region (VT-NCR), it starts late August through December.
– Spring semester: At UKB, spring semester starts in January through April. At VT-NCR, it starts in January through May.
– Summer semester: UKB has one summer semester, May through August. VT-NCR has two short summer semesters (six weeks each), from late May through early July, and early-July through mid-August.
Starting the program at the University of Kent, Brussels (UKB):
– The general schedule of study is two semesters of course work at UKB (Fall and spring), and one semester of thesis research and writing (summer). Courses (in UKB they are called Modules) are offered during the day.
– Then students transfer to VT-NCR, starting in late August. The schedule of study is two semesters of course work (Fall and spring), and completion of a major paper during the summer. Courses at VT-NCR are offered late afternoon and early evening.
– Students who choose this option can expect to earn two graduate degrees in two years.
Starting the program at VT-NCR:
– Students complete two semesters of graduate course work (Fall and spring). Courses at VT-NCR are offered late afternoon and early evening.
– Then they transfer to UKB to complete two semesters of graduate course work (Fall and spring), and one semester of thesis research and writing (summer). Courses (in UKB they are called Modules) are offered during the day.
– Then students return to VT-NCR, where the credits earned at UKB transfer towards completion of course work for the MPIA degree. Students have a final project to complete, a major paper during the summer.
– Students who choose this option can expect to earn two graduate degrees in approximately three years.
Starting the program at either university, in the spring semester:
– Students complete two semesters of course work, spring and Fall at VT-NCR or UKB; then they write a thesis (UKB) or major paper (VT-NCR) by the end of the following spring semester. During the summer between the course work, they can seek internships.
– Students who choose this option can expect to earn two graduate degrees in three years or more.