New dual degree graduate program offers opportunity to study in two political centers
July 1, 2014
Virginia Tech and the University of Kent, Brussels, have partnered to offer graduate students an innovative, time efficient way to obtain two advanced degrees in international affairs in the capital cities of the European Union and United States.
Two Capitals, Two Masters in the Government and International Affairs program at the School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies allows prospective students a unique opportunity to study, train, gain experience, and network in Brussels and Washington, D.C., the policy nexus of the Euro-Atlantic relationship.
The program is currently recruiting for the spring and fall 2015 semesters.
The dual master’s degree program is designed for students interested in international affairs. Students spend one year at University of Kent, Brussels, and one year at Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region campus, earning a master’s degree from each university.
At Virginia Tech, students pursue a Masters in Public and International Affairs; at the University of Kent they have the choice of one of five possible master’s degrees in international relations, international conflict and security, international political economy, European public policy, or international development.
During their studies, students benefit from proximity to the institutions and corridors of power in real time, as decisions about international politics are being made.
With Virginia Tech’s location in the National Capital Region, near the executive (The White House), legislative (U.S. Congress) and judicial (Supreme Court) branches of U.S. government in Washington, D.C., and the University of Kent in close proximity to NATO and European Union headquarters in Brussels, the two universities offer ample opportunities for learning, research, and professional advancement.
“Two Capitals, Two Masters provides an inspiring and challenging opportunity,” said Gerard Toal, professor and director of the Government and International Affairs program in the National Capital Region. “Graduates will hold advanced degrees from international affairs programs in two of the most important policy-making centers in the world.”
Toal added that “this dual degree will stand out on any curriculum vita, and we expect it to give our graduates a competitive edge in a difficult labor market.”
For more information, contact Georgeta Pourchot, director of the Two Capitals, Two Masters program at Virginia Tech.