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European Union Policy Studies Concentration

James Madison University’s Master of Arts in Political Science is a dynamic and challenging one-year graduate program based entirely in Florence, Italy. With a concentration in European Union Policy Studies (EUPS), students engage in hands-on learning projects and gain a deep working knowledge of international political and economic processes.

The academic program involves multiple academic trips to Brussels and Strasbourg. Students acquire advanced policy analysis skills and develop a comprehensive mastery of the European Union (EU), the EU’s role in contemporary global affairs, the transatlantic relationship, and the forces that move public policies within and beyond Europe.

The program culminates in an applied internship experience or a fully articulated research project depending on each student’s interests and career goals.

EUPS alumni get hired for roles that demand broad intercultural competence, advanced policy analytic skills, and practical knowledge of the EU and global political and economic trends. They pursue careers in government and politics (including diplomatic service), international business, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, global media outlets, and academia.