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Government and Politics, Master of Arts, Rome

33 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Rome Campus


Earn your Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations at St. John’s University’s beautiful Rome Campus, which features a diverse, international student body. Studying abroad in Rome will allow you to prepare yourself for the global arena; learn about international business and political issues; participate in internships at UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and embassies; thrive in a comfortable and supportive academic environment; enjoy new experiences; and cultivate life-long friendships with other students from all over the world. As a graduate student on the Rome campus, you’ll have the best of both worlds: the opportunity to earn a degree from an American university while living in a major European center of government, politics, international organizations, and multinational corporations.

The 33-credit M.A. program offers comprehensive study of the institutions, theories, and political processes of international governments and organizations. In the program, which is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New York State Department, you’ll develop the analytical and research skills necessary to excel in a career in International Relations. You’ll become an expert in composing policy briefs and reports, drafting and evaluating project proposals, resolutions, and public statements, as well as completing in-depth evaluations of global events and trends. The program will prepare you for an array of opportunities in the civil or foreign services, positions of political or administrative responsibility in the public or private sector, careers in education, or for further study as a doctoral or law student.

As part of the program, you can also earn an 18-credit certificate in International Law and Diplomacy, which you can complete in conjunction with the M.A., after completing the M.A., or independently.

Once admitted to the Rome M.A. in Government and Politics, you’ll also have the opportunity to study for one or more semesters at our main campus in Queens, NY. The flexibility of the program allows you study on both campuses interchangeably. You may also enroll in intersession destination courses as they are available.

Program Requirements

You can complete the M.A. in Government and Politics in one year of full-time study, including summer study. Graduate courses on the Rome campus are offered in fall, spring, and summer sessions, with each session divided into two quarters. The courses are scheduled in the evening or online to accommodate students who are working or doing internships. You may enroll in up to two classes per quarter; online classes span two quarters to cover a whole session.

Non-Thesis Option

  • GOV 205 Modern Political Research
  • Twelve credits in International Relations
  • Three credits in Political Theory courses
  • Six credits in your minor concentration
  • Nine elective credits in any concentration

Thesis Option

  • GOV 205 Modern Political Research
  • Twelve credits in International Relations
  • Three credits in Political Theory courses
  • Six credits in your minor concentration
  • Three elective credits in any concentration
  • Six credits of GOV 900 Master’s Research
  • Demonstration of knowledge of a foreign language (French, Spanish, or Italian) by passing an approved examination or a non-credit reading course in the language

Comprehensive Exam

  • During your last semester in the program, after the completion of at least 24 credits, you will be asked to sit for a comprehensive examination to test your knowledge in your concentration.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Government and Politics faculty.


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]


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 or print out a paper application, complete it and follow the instructions to submit it.
  • 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) or IELTS examination score to demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants from the following countries do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom and U.S. Pacific Trust (SJU campus code:  0132).
  • 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
P.O. Box 811
Randolph, MA 02368-0811

Since we have rolling admissions, you may apply for any semester: Fall Semester(September), Spring Semester (January), Summer Semester (June).

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 the Rome campus of St. John’s, 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 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 on both the Queens and Rome campuses on a semester basis. They are based on academic achievement and possession of the skills necessary to fulfill the requirements of the position. Graduate assistantships cover the cost of tuition for up to four courses per semester.


Students enrolling at the Rome campus are offered scholarships based on scholastic achievement, evidence of work experience, and financial need that cover 25 percent of tuition for the entire duration of the master’s degree. To be considered for a Rome scholarship, you must apply directly to the Assistant Dean in Rome.

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.

Resident Assistantships

Resident assistantships are offered to currently enrolled students on a semester basis at the Rome campus. Resident assistants (RAs) work closely with the residence director and live on campus. The part-time position includes assisting with student arrival and departure days, serving as an emergency contact for students, and enforcing campus policies and procedures. Knowledge of Italian is an advantage. Remuneration for work includes the cost of a private single room in our dormitory along with a stipend for meals. Please note that you cannot hold a graduate assistantship and a resident assistantship concurrently.

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’ll 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.

Graduate Faculty on the Rome Campus

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

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.

William Gangi, Professor
B.A., M.A., St. John’s University; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame. Personnel Management Administration; Public Constitutional Law; Mass Movement Politics.

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.

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

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.

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.

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