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Government and Politics, Master of Arts, Rome

Government and Politics


Master the world with a Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics: International Relations at St. John’s University’s Rome Campus.

Our forward-focused international affairs-based program will prepare you for a career in global politics. The program’s core curriculum will help you understand the world, while specialized program tracks will provide you with the tools you need to effect meaningful change.

Whether you choose to study International Organizations and Institutions; Global Security Policy; European Politics and Policy; or Development, Sustainability and Resilience, you will emerge with the knowledge and skills for a career as a compassionate global leader, intellectual innovator, and change-maker empowered to make the world a better, more just place.


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Margherita Panzera, Assistant Dean
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Via Marcantonio Colonna 21A
Rome, Italy
+39 06 393842
[email protected]

Fred P. Cocozzelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Government and Politics
St. John Hall, Room 234C
[email protected]


The 33-credit M.A. program offers comprehensive study of the institutions, theories, and political processes of international governments and organizations.                           

Located in the heart of one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities, our program in Rome, Italy is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New York State Education Department.

You may complete the program entirely in Rome on a full-time basis in one year of study incorporating fall, spring and summer semesters. As a part-time student, you may earn your master’s degree in one and a half to two-years. You also have the option to complete part of your studies at our Queens N.Y. campus. As a full-time student, you have the option to pursue multiple program tracks. Courses are conveniently offered in the evenings from Monday to Thursday so that your classes will not conflict with your work or internship schedules.

You complete an intensive International Affairs core curriculum and then select a major and minor from among four thematic program tracks:

Required Core Courses:

GOV 164

Foundations of International Relations

3 credits

GOV 205

Modern Political Research: International Affairs

3 credits

Available Program Tracks:

  • International Organizations and Institutions
    • GOV 136 Politics of the European Union
    • GOV 191 International Peacekeeping
    • GOV 212 Global Energy Policy
    • GOV 264 International and Transnational Relations
    • GOV 271 Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
    • GOV 293 Administration of International Organizations
    • GOV 341 International Law: Law of Peace
    • GOV 342 International Human Rights Law
    • GOV 343 International Law: Law of International Transactions
    • GOV 344 International Law: Law of War and Neutrality
    • GOV 367 Military Force in International Relations
    • GOV 370 Arms Control and Nonproliferation: Theory and Policy
  • Global Security Policy
    • GOV 191 International Peacekeeping
    • GOV 263 Politics of Revolution, War, and Terrorism
    • GOV 291 Great Powers from a Global Perspective
    • GOV 341 International Law: Law of Peace
    • GOV 344 International Law: Law of War and Neutrality
    • GOV 364 US National Security Policy
    • GOV 365 Mediating International Conflict
    • GOV 367 Military Force in International Relations
    • GOV 370 Arms Control and Nonproliferation: Theory and Policy
  • European Politics and Policy
    • GOV 135 Governments and Politics in Europe
    • GOV 136 Politics of the European Union
    • GOV 225 Contemporary Western European Governments and Politics
    • GOV 230 Politics of Russia and the Post-Soviet Republics
    • GOV 235 European Environmental Politics and Policy
    • GOV 290 Political Development of Transitioning Countries
    • GOV 295 Transatlantic Security
  • Development, Sustainability, and Resilience
    • GOV 131 Politics of the Middle East
    • GOV 133 Contemporary Far Eastern Governments and Politics
    • GOV 137 Government and Politics of Latin America
    • GOV 156 Global Environmental Politics
    • GOV 189 Politics of Developing Nations
    • GOV 212 Global Energy Politics 
    • GOV 250 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
    • GOV 269 Global Politics of Gender
    • GOV 270 Green Political Theory
    • GOV 290 Political Development of Transitioning Countries
    • GOV 293 Administration of International Organizations

Once you have chosen your major and minor tracks, you will elect at least three courses (nine credits) in the major and at least two courses (six credits) in the minor. You may select your remaining four courses (12 credits) from any other course offerings, and may complete additional tracks depending upon the pace of your study. 

All students in the program also complete a comprehensive examination as a culminating assessment. A thesis option is also available.

Graduate Faculty on the Rome Campus

As a graduate student on the Rome campus, you will have the opportunity to learn from faculty members with expertise in a variety of fields related to international affairs.

Fred Cocozzelli, Associate Professor and Chair
B.A., Catholic University of America; M.I.A. Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs; Ph.D., New School University. Peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction; Balkans Social Policy; Ethnic Relations and Conflict; Citizenship.


Frank Le Veness, Professor
B.S., M.A., Ph.D., St. John’s University. Latin American and Caribbean Politics and Integration; Comparative Systems; Minority Politics; Methodology; Development Politics; Political Economy.


William R. Nester, Professor
B.A., Miami University, Miami, Ohio; M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara. International Relations; Foreign Policy.


David Kearn, Associate Professor
B.A., Amherst College; M.M.P. Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government; Ph.D., University of Virginia. International Relations Theory, Security Studies, Military Innovation, Arms Control, U.S. Foreign Policy.

Luba Racanska, Associate Professor
B.A., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Russian Politics; East and West European Politics and Non-Governmental Institutions: European Union, Ethics in Public Administration.

Azzedine Layachi, Professor
B.A., Algiers University; M.A., Ph.D., New York University. Middle East Studies; International Law; Nationalism.

Uma Balakrishnan , Associate Professor
B.A., M.A., University of Bombay; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame. International Law; South Asian Politics; Global Environmental Politics.


Entrance Requirements

For admission to graduate studies in the Department of Government and Politics, students are expected to have an undergraduate preparation of at least 18 credits in government and politics, political science, or an equivalent field, and a 3.0 GPA. Any deficiency in preparation may require supplementary or conditional credits in the form of suitable graduate courses, as determined by the department.

Application Requirements

  • Complete and submit the online application.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit official university transcripts and degree conferrals/diplomas. Certified English translations must be submitted with transcripts and diplomas. Transcripts must be submitted from each institution attended.
  • Submit the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo examination score to demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants who have attended a post-secondary institution in which English is the language of instruction are not required to submit test scores.
    • Official TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo exam scores should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admission. The University’s official test code is 2799.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from instructors in the proposed area of specialization.
  • Submit a personal statement describing your reason for pursuing graduate study and leadership objectives in 300 to 350 words. Your statement of goals should briefly, but meaningfully, introduce yourself and describe what you hope to achieve by earning a graduate degree at St. John's.
  • Submit an application fee of $70 USD.

Official transcripts and other hard copy documents should be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions processing center (see address below). All graduate applications are processed through our Queens Campus.

St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

Applications for fall semester program start are preferred, but are accepted on a rolling basis.

Graduate Admissions Contact

Office of Graduate Admission
[email protected]

Career Outcomes

Internships and Career Placement

In Rome, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of unique internship opportunities, thanks to relationships that our faculty and administrators maintain with several international organizations, multinational organizations, and government and non-governmental agencies. You can receive up to three credits for internships once you have completed at least 12 credits of coursework for the M.A., and we encourage all students in the program to do at least one internship. In Rome, our students have interned with the United Nations World Food Programme, the U.S. Embassy, the International Development and Law Organization, and Save the Children Italia, among many other placements.

These internship opportunities have led to career paths for many of our students, and our graduates have fulfilling jobs around the globe in a variety of fields including: the Civil or Foreign Service; the United Nations; policy think-tanks, international NGOs; major multinational corporations; and dynamic start-up companies. Some graduates from the program have also gone on to law and doctoral programs in political science or related fields.

With an M.A. in Government and Politics from St. John’s Rome campus, you can join our successful alumni in landing rewarding positions with some of the following institutions and organizations:

  • American University of Rome
  • Amnesty International USA
  • Ernst & Young
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • The World Bank
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • United Nations World Food Programme

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates for the Rome, Italy campus are the same as for Queens and are listed online. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are interested in studying on the Rome campus are eligible for federal graduate loans. St. John’s also offers additional options for financing your degree, including scholarships, graduate assistantships, and resident assistantships.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are awarded to matriculated students at the Rome campus on a semester basis. Awards are based on academic achievement and pre-requisite skills necessary for the position. All graduate assistants provide administrative support to our Rome students, faculty and staff and receive tuition remission up to six credits per semester. Graduate assistants must enroll in a minimum of nine credits per semester and are expected to work 320 hours per semester.

Depending upon available vacancies, graduate assistantships will be awarded prior to the start of each semester. Newly accepted and current students are encouraged to apply and qualified candidates will be interviewed. GRE or GMAT test scores are not required for these positions.


Graduate Scholarships are offered annually to qualified accepted students on the basis of scholastic achievement. No additional application is required to be considered for a scholarship. Awards will be made upon acceptance to the program.

The Pope Paul VI Scholarship, which began in 1965, is available to diplomatic personnel from Permanent Missions to the United Nations (UN), as well as UN personnel interested in pursuing a Master of Arts in Government and Politics or an Advanced Certificate in International Law and Diplomacy. Eligible candidates must provide a letter of proof of employment to verify the student’s affiliation with the United Nations or Embassy. This partial scholarship covers 50 percent of tuition for the M.A. in Government and Politics or the Advanced Certificate in International Law and Diplomacy.

The Special Graduate Scholarship for Public Employees is available for students who are public management employees pursuing a master’s degree within the Department of Government and Politics. Eligible students should contact the department for further information.

The Stecklow Steiner Endowed Scholarship is available to graduate students in Government and Politics.

Additional Information

About the Rome Campus

The campus, which the University established in 1995, combines the unique cultural resources of a great European capital with the world-class courses and faculty of St. John’s. It is centrally located in Rome’s Prati district, close to the Vatican and other historic sites. You will enjoy ultramodern facilities within an historic setting – high-tech classrooms with old-world architectural details; a computer lab with 11 workstations; a wireless broadband network; single, double, and triple student residences; and a landscaped courtyard.

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