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M.A. International Relations and Global Security Assessment Results

Program Learning Outcomes

By using various assessment tools and/or rubrics within the classroom, American Public University System (APUS) is able to capture a snapshot of students’ success in fulfilling their program outcomes.  Signature assignments, generally in the final course of a program, are used to assess students’ proficiency in meeting each program outcome (PO).  In order to show proficiency in an area, a student must achieve a score of 85% or greater. American Public University System strives to have 70% or more (university benchmark) of our students reaching the 85% proficiency standard. When this benchmark isn't met, action is taken to improve curriculum and instruction to better serve our students. The below chart shows combined results of M.A. International Relations and Global Security students at APUS.

  • PO#1- Analyze classical and alternative theories of international relations, the heritage and development of the discipline, and the major debates concerning world order, diplomacy, and international law underlying its inherent nature as an interdisciplinary study within the field of political science.
  • PO#2- Evaluate the changing role of the state in the context of globalization, regionalism, and security, including the impact of non-state actors, competing interests, and emerging norms within international systems.
  • PO#3- Assess the nature and distribution of economic, political, and military resources in the context of interdependence and delimited by cultural, social, and historical issues.
  • PO#4- Distinguish the interactions of state, non-state, and supra-national actors through a dynamic appreciation of contemporary issues and differing levels of analysis.
  • PO#5- Examine the major theories of conflict and change within the context of globalization and the role of traditional and emerging norms and institutions in the pacific settlement of disputes, human rights, and environmental issues.
  • PO#6- Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing; organize information clearly and coherently; and use communication and information technology for the retrieval and presentation of information.
  • PO#7- Produce written documents and undertake online research.
  • PO#8- Define and review the work of others; work cooperatively on group tasks; understand how groups function; collaborate with others and contribute effectively to the achievement of common goals.
  • PO#9- Develop autonomy in learning, and be expected to work independently.
  • PO#10- Demonstrate initiative and self organization.
  • PO#11- Enhance your research skills toward presenting a clear statement of the purposes and expected results of the research, and develop appropriate means of estimating and monitoring resources and use of time.
  • PO#12- Identify and define problems and help you to explore alternative solutions.

M.A. International Relations and Global Security PO Data

End of Program Survey

Student satisfaction is extremely important at American Public University System. Students are asked to complete a survey at the conclusion of their program to give insight on their experience. Below are anonymous, self-reported results, from the End of Program survey, for students in the M.A. International Relations and Global Security Program.

M.A. International Relations and Global Security EOP Survey Results