Prospective Students 2017-02-02T17:40:58+00:00

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Prospective Students

Two Capitals is open to US and non-US students seeking Masters degrees. Students can start planning for the program by reading the information on this webpage carefully, understanding the deadlines for admissions, and the requirements for entering the program. This is an intensive program, designed for students who want to earn two Master’s degrees in half the time and for half the cost it normally takes in the United States to pursue two graduate degrees.

U.S. Students
Earning a Master’s degree in the United States is a two-year process. By enrolling in Two Capitals, students earn two graduate degrees in two years, from two different institutions.

U.S. students can start the program in Brussels or in Washington D.C. (Alexandria campus).

– If students start the program in Brussels, they complete an MA in one year (see Programs/Schedule of Study). Then they enroll in the MPIA program at VT, and the credits earned in University of Kent, Brussels (UKB) transfer towards the completion of the MPIA degree. Students can expect to finish both degrees in two years if they choose this option.

– If students start the program in Washington D.C. (Alexandria campus), they take a year of courses in the MPIA degree. Then they move to Brussels and complete requirements for an MA of their choice in one year. The credits earned in UKB are then transferred towards the completion of the second year of MPIA. Students will need to return to the U.S. and finish the final project, a major paper. Students can expect to finish both degrees in approximately three years if they choose this option.

– If students want to earn the two degrees in two years, it is recommended that they start in UKB, then come to VT for the second year.

Non U.S. Students

Non-U.S. students can start Two Capitals in Brussels, at the University of Kent (UKB); or in Washington D.C., at Virginia Tech National Capital Region (VT-NCR).

– If students start at UKB, they earn an MA in a specialization of their preference in one year (see Programs/Schedule of Study). Then they come to VT-NCR to start their MPIA program. Credits earned in UKB transfer towards the completion of the MPIA. Students choosing this option can expect to earn the two graduate degrees in two years.

– If students start at VT-NCR, they complete the first year of course work. Then they go to UKB for one year (see Programs/Schedule of Study). Then they return to the U.S. to complete the MPIA degree. Credits earned in UKB transfer towards the completion of the second year of course work necessary to earn the MPIA degree. Students will finish the MPIA requirements by writing a major paper. Students choosing this option can expect to earn the two graduate degrees in approximately three years.

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