Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs

Welcome to the SGPIA resource page. Below you will find links to information to help you navigate the SGPIA program and utilize the benefits the program offers. 

Visit the SGPIA page on The New School’s official site to learn about degree requirements, application information, program faculty, practice and thesis options, and program concentrations.

For general program and New School resource information for incoming students, you can view PowerPoint slides here.

Forms and Handbook:

Advising Notes

Resources for Practice, Thesis and Research Portfolio Options

To enroll in Thesis Supervision, you must:

  1.  Complete the Thesis Registration Form 

  2.  Once your thesis advisor has signed your thesis registration form bring it to Phil Akre, or to the GPIA Front Desk at 72 Fifth Avenue, 7th floor.

  3.  Upon submitting the thesis registration form you will receive the CRN for your Thesis Supervisor’s section, and be given permission in the system to register for that CRN (you cannot register until this permission has been granted).

Become familiar with the Thesis Guidelines and throughout the thesis process use the Thesis Checklist to ensure you are completing all requirements.

To graduate in May 2017 you are expected to

  1.  Have taken Thesis Supervision by Spring 2017.

  2.  Deposit your thesis by the May 1, 2017 deadline.

  3.  Submit the Thesis Checklist (above).

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]!

Program Archives:

Recent International Affairs Posts

SGPIA Student Selected to Present at Clinton Global Initiative University

Oscar Romero is a graduate student in the MA International Affairs at The New School. He is currently in his final semester, writing his thesis on Internet access in Cuba. In 2016, Romero and Magdiela Rivas (MA Non Profit Management candidate at The New School) began exploring international exchange programs in higher education, particularly in Latin America. Their work has led to development of a project aimed at investigating the impact of such programs. The duo applied, and were selected, to participate at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) Meeting this year, where they will compete for a share of ...

SGPIA Alum Launches App to Help Brooklyn Small Business Owners

Stuypend is an alternative payment processing system designed to help small independent businesses avoid the high fees of processing credit cards. Think of it like Venmo, but for buying stuff in stores. It’s a mobile app that interacts with a device given to merchants. Customers tap their phone to the merchant device at checkout, or scan a QR code to receive the bill on their phone. They then finalize the bill on their phone, adding a tip and confirming the amount is correct. No more awkwardness from deciding on a tip in front of your server! Co-founder and SGPIA alum, ...

SGPIA Alum Named Semi-Finalist in International Urban Design Challenge

Earlier this month, SGPIA Alum Melissa De La Cruz (Development, ‘17) and her two teammates, Ann Le and Angela DeGeorge, reached the semi-finals of hOUR City, the 2017 Urban SOS™ student ideas competition (presented by AECOM and Van Alen Institute, with 100 Resilient Cities and the Rockefeller Foundation). The competition considers the historical notion that city boundaries were defined by how far people could travel in one hour. Multi-disciplinary teams of students were challenged to "reimagine these boundaries," and "to consider new ways for urban, suburban, and rural communities to connect to opportunity." Competitors were required to include a physical intervention ...

Professors Peter Hoffman & Sakiko Fukuda Parr Publish New Books

“What is humanitarianism?” This complex question gets a thorough examination in a new book recently published by SGPIA Professor Peter J. Hoffman. In Humanitarianism, War, and Politics: Solferino to Syria and Beyond (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), Hoffman and co-author Thomas G. Weiss (CUNY) take a comprehensive look at the origins of humanitarianism and its evolution over time. Focusing on the intersections with war and politics, Hoffman and Weiss “trace the origins of humanitarianism, its social movement, and the institutions (international humanitarian law) and organizations (providers of assistance and protection) that comprise it.” Going beyond the simple understanding of aid in times ...