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International Studies (MA)

The Master of Arts in International Studies (INT) is a rigorous, thesis-driven program, grounded in theory, that uniquely focuses on themes of power, inequality, and political critique.

Program Highlights

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.

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.

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.

Career opportunities. Students graduate equipped with the writing, research, and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in a wide range of career paths. Many students pursue PhDs while others work in nonprofits,  international NGOs, and a range of diplomatic entities.

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 International Studies 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:

  • Global Health Certificate
  • Social Research Certificate
  • Community Development
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate
  • Social and Cultural Foundations in Education Certificate
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.