St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesRome Campus
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.
Margherita Panzera, Assistant Dean
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Via Marcantonio Colonna 21A
+39 06 393842[email protected]
QueensFred P. Cocozzelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Government and Politics
St. John Hall, Room 234C
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:
Foundations of International Relations
Modern Political Research: International Affairs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
P.O. Box 811
Randolph, MA 02368-0811
Applications for fall semester program start are preferred, but are accepted on a rolling basis.
Office of Graduate Admission
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:
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 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.
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.