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.
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
social justice. We're
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.
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.
The program is
- Entry- and mid-level
professionals pursuing careers in nonprofits, NGOs and international diplomatic
- Students looking to
acquire the research and writing skills necessary for doctoral study.
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
If you're interested
in a certificate, a separate application process is required. Contact the
program office for additional information.
- Womens and Gender Studies
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