University College to host reception for prospective students of the Master of Arts in International Affairs program

University College, the continuing education and professional studies division of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, will host a Dec. 1 reception for prospective students of the Master of International Affairs program.

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Jimmy’s on the Park, 706 De Mun Ave. in Clayton.

Marvin Marcus, PhD, Master of Arts in International Affairs program director and associate professor of Japanese languages and literatures, will discuss “Why Japan Still Matters” during the event.

Prospective students will meet University College faculty, staff and students and learn about the Master of International Affairs program. Experts will be available to answer individual questions on transferring, balancing a full-time job and school, tuition and scholarships.

“The Master of Arts in International Affairs is our largest graduate program — and also our liveliest and most diverse. Students of many kinds study all parts of the globe — Japan among others — and take on the many questions posed by an increasingly global society,” says Robert E. Wiltenburg, PhD, dean of University College.

The Master’s in International Affairs program is designed for working adult students with professional interests in: international economics, trade and business; international law and politics; foreign cultures; and environment and technology issues.

Students choose the courses that match their interests. Many students in this 30-credit program complete the master’s degree in two years. Washington University faculty and corporate specialists teach the courses, which are offered in the late afternoon and evenings during fall, spring and summer.

The event is free and open to the public. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, go online to or call 314-935-6700.

About University College
Originally founded in 1853 to serve the diverse educational needs of the St. Louis area, Washington University continues to grow and thrive more than 150 years later. The first educational step of the fledgling university, on Oct. 22, 1854, was to establish an evening program. Washington University Extension, addressing the needs of local teachers, was begun in 1908, and, after much expansion and diversification, became University College in 1931. Then and since, people of all ages attend Washington University through University College, earning associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, or certificates, or taking courses for personal enrichment. For more information about University College, visit or call (314) 935-6700.