The Master of International Affairs degree is a 48-credit (16-course) non-thesis program that includes a core curriculum of five courses, a summer internship or intensive language and cultural study and a three-course specialization in each of two selected areas of concentration. The curriculum is taught by a multidisciplinary faculty who combine a mix of scholarly and professional international experience. The core curriculum includes seminars in international politics, the global economy, research methods and American foreign policy. One of the five core courses must be a capstone. The capstone course requires a student group under the supervision of a faculty member to work on a research task received from a real-world client. Capstone research culminates in a major written report and oral briefing to the client. The Bush School Department of International Affairs equips students who have a disposition toward leadership and public service with the vital skills and knowledge critical for successful careers, whether in government or nongovernmental organizations.