In addition to fulfilling all core requirements, MIA and MPA students must also satisfy the requirements of both a policy concentration and a specialization.
Students choose one of the following six concentrations: Economic and Political Development, Energy and Environment (includes focus areas in energy and environment), Human Rights, International Finance and Economic Policy (includes focus areas in finance and economic policy), International Security Policy, or Urban and Social Policy.
Students can choose a specialization in regional expertise (8 different regions/countries) or one of the following: Advanced Policy and Economic Analysis; International Media, Advocacy and Communications; International Organization; or Management. Regional specializations are offered in the following areas: Africa, East Asia, East Central Europe, Europe, Latin America, The Middle East, Russia, South Asia, and the United States.
Students might, for example, combine a policy concentration in International Finance and Economic Policy with a regional specialization on East Asia, or a concentration in Human Rights with a specialization in International Media, Advocacy and Communications. It is possible to meet the requirements for the concentration and specialization by double-counting courses to fulfill requirements; for example, an economics course on Latin America could be counted toward a policy concentration in Economic and Political Development and a regional specialization in Latin America.