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International Studies (MA)

The Master of Arts in International Studies (IS) provides you with the opportunity to become expert in the application of theory to problems affecting the international community. You'll investigate the underlying assumptions and histories of contemporary issues (war on terror, global climate change, transition to capitalism, etc.) and analyze scholarship using approaches from critical, social, cultural theory and international political economy.

Program Highlights

Interdisciplinary curriculum. While our program has full-time faculty dedicated to international studies, we also draw on faculty members from other departments (political science, history, geography, sociology, etc.) to provide students with a rich, varied and robust curriculum.

Thesis-driven. Our program has been structured to provide students with the best possible preparation for thesis research during the second year of study, an opportunity becoming increasingly rare in masters programs.

Orientation towards social justice.  We're dedicated to building a community of scholars and researchers who demonstrate a commitment to questioning power and inequality at an international level and strategizing for social change in a way that bridges theory and practice.

Program Length

This academically rigorous, two-year program requires the completion of 48 credit hours, including two foundation courses, four core courses, three electives, three research courses, and a 50-80 page thesis.

Program Participants

The program is designed for:

  • Entry- and mid-level professionals pursuing careers in nonprofits, NGOs and international diplomatic entities; and/or
  • Students looking to acquire the research and writing skills necessary for doctoral study.

Certificate Options

The MA in IS may also be expanded to include a graduate certificate. The combined MA/certificate program requires either the completion of additional coursework or careful selection of elective courses to fulfill all requirements. A certificate is available in:

  • Womens and Gender Studies
If you're interested in a certificate, a separate application process is required. Contact the program office for additional information.


**DePaul offers a joint JD/MA-International Studies for students already enrolled in the College of Law. Contact the College of Law Admission Office for more information.