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Graduate Program

Applications to the International Studies MA program for the 2016-2017 academic year will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning Jan 1, 2016 until April 15th, 2016.

Check out the presentation from our graduate info sessions to learn all about the program or join us for an upcoming information session.  At the information sessions you will have the opportunity to learn about program content, admission requirements, and meet with program faculty. For more information and to register for an upcoming event, please visit

Students today are confronted by complex world events such as the long "war on terror," global climate change, transitions to capitalism among post-communist societies, and recurrent economic crises. Traditional economics and international relations theory has failed to offer insightful analyses or solutions for many of these developments.  The interdisciplinary field of international studies is uniquely situated to analyze this increasingly complex world, challenge conventional wisdom, and train students to find creative solutions.

The Master of Arts in International Studies is an academically rigorous, thesis-driven, two year program focused on social analysis and justice issues. It 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. You can view a full description of the degree requirements here.

This MA program provides educational opportunities for students seeking a graduate, interdisciplinary education in the field of International Studies. The curriculum allows the flexibility of integrating multiple disciplines (including Geography, Political Science, History, Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, African and Black Diaspora Studies, and more) with training in critical theory and a rigorous thesis-driven program. Students investigate the underlying assumptions and histories of contemporary issues, and analyze scholarship using approaches from critical social and cultural theory,  and international political economy.

Students begin the MA program by enrolling in two foundation courses, Critical Social Theory and International Political Economy, which provide the critical frameworks for subsequent classes. Building on this foundation, students select from a series of topical core courses which reflect topical debates and highlight themes of race, class, gender, power, and inequality. Within this structure of coursework, we encourage students to find and focus their thesis question so they can structure their research as early as possible.

As they progress through the program, students develop a tutorial relationship with an individual faculty member who will serve as the students thesis advisor. In consultation with the thesis advisor, students choose three electives in their area of study and also complete the thesis-writing courses (INT 590, 591, and 592). At the end of the program, a three person faculty committee including the thesis advisor and two readers will evaluate the thesis.

Helpful Documents:
2015-2016 Graduate Info Session Presentation

Orientation for 2012-2013 Cohort (the curriculum information in this document is for cohorts entering PRIOR to the 2013-2014 school year)

The European Union Research Internship

Students with a strong commitment to professional work in the European Union can apply to participate in the programs research internship in the European Union Commissions offices in Brussels. This four month intensive research experience is organized through the Irish Institute for European Studies at Leuven University outside Brussels and is the only one of its kind in the U.S. Interns work within the commission offices on policy analysis that they can then relate to their thesis. There are additional costs for participation in the internship. Students should be advised that this internship will extend the time to completion of the MA program beyond two years. See DePaul's Study Abroad Program for more information.

Juris Doctor/Master of Arts: International Law Studies

The joint degree is an option for small number of students who are first accepted into the College of Law. The JD/MA in International Studies with the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences provides you with knowledge of the political, economic and cultural environment in which international law is developing. Structured around international political economy and global culture, the program is particularly appropriate for law students with strong foreign language or social science backgrounds who wish to pursue careers as international legal specialists.

To be accepted to the joint degree program, students must complete at least 28 credits in the College of Law with a minimum grade point average of 3.00. They apply to the LAS graduate program after their first semester in law school.

For completion of the JD/MA degree students must meet all criteria for completion of the JD and the MA while taking a minimum of five international law electives in the College of Law. In addition, students must complete a year-long six course core sequence in International Studies.  Finally, students complete a three quarter 12-credit sequence in International Studies leading to completion of an MA thesis.