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Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs theses, practica, and International Field Program reports

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Identifier: NS-02-04-01


This collection presents masters theses, practica and field program reports and documentaries by students in The New School's Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA).


  • 2003 - 2015



14.3 Cubic Feet (11 boxes, 6 folders, 2 DVDs)

2 DVDs

Scope and Content of Collection

All GPIA Master of Arts (MA) students have a final project requirement, with a choice between writing a thesis (Thesis Option), completing a portfolio of research (Research Portfolio), or undertaking a Practicum project (Practice Option). In this collection Series I presents projects by students who have selected the Thesis Option; Series II projects for those selecting the Practice Option.

Students who choose the Practice Option to complete their GPIA degree are required to take a two-semester course called Practicum in International Affairs (PIA). In the first semester, PIA I, students choose an actual project and then learn to use the tools typically employed in the "project cycle," including needs assessment, logical framework, strategic design, implementation, proposal and report writing, budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation. In PIA II, "Project Implementation," students produce the deliverables of the project developed in PIA I. PIA I can also be taken as an elective by GPIA non-Practice students and non-GPIA students. Master of Science (MS) students do not have a final project requirement.

The third series presents student projects and documentary films stemming from the International Field Program.

Language of Materials

Theses and practica are in English. A number of the Internation Field Program reports are in Spanish.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

In accordance with The New School's Intellectual Property Rights Policy, copyright is held by each thesis' respective author. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the user.

Historical Note

The official name for the program in international affairs is the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (SGPIA). As of 2018, the International Affairs MA/MS program is one of six graduate degree programs in the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. Milano is situated within the Schools of Public Engagement (SPE), one of The New School's five academic divisions.

According to its website, the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) was founded in 2001. In 2012 the program was named in honor of New School trustee and board chairman Julien J. Studley. In 2014, the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs (SGPIA) is a multidisciplinary program with approximately 350 students from 62 countries. The program's more than 1,000 graduates work in international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and government, in their own countries and in the United States. (Accessed October 29, 2014

The International Field Program (IFP) is an extended stay internship and research program, organized in different parts of the world for students who want to gain experience working with community-based organizations, NGOs, international organizations and governmental agencies in a different country. According to the website, the topics students explore range from community development, policy advocacy, citizen journalism, and post-conflict state-building to urban planning and long-term monitoring and evaluation. Faculty members prepare students during a year-long preparation process, and students get firsthand field exposure to a multiplicity of perspectives, ideas, and people through orientation, field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects and research, and day-to-day interactions. Since its inception in 2002, the IFP has conducted programs in more than thirty countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.


Organization and Arrangement

Organized in 3 series: 1. Theses 2. Practica 3. International Field Program

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Graduate Program in International Affairs program office to The New School Archives and Special Collections, 2013. International Field Program materials transferred to The New School Archives and Special Collections, 2017.

Processing Information

Initially processed by Ari Spool, 2014. Certain theses in the collection inventory below include the note, "[THESIS NOT TRANSFERRED TO ARCHIVES]." In these instances, while theses were included in inventory provided to The New School Archives by International Affairs, the theses themselves were not transferred. Archives staff will update the collection inventory as discrepancies are discovered.

Guide to the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs theses, practica, and International Field Program reports
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
May 8, 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • January 25, 2018: New School Archives staff added links to digital videos, revised notes. Also, revised collection inventory to indicate absence of theses.