College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > International Studies > Graduate Program > International Studies (MA)
Earn your master’s in International Studies and develop a worldly perspective with a lens on global inequality. This academically rigorous, thesis-driven program, grounded in critical theory, uniquely focuses on themes of power and global systems. We're dedicated to building a community of scholars and researchers who demonstrate a commitment to questioning power and politics in a way that bridges theory and practice.
Courses are offered on weekday evenings at the Lincoln Park Campus and the program can be completed in two years.
Study in Chicago, an international city with a strong foundation of NGOs and government entities. Connect with international and local NGOs like Amnesty International, Refugee One and Heartland Alliance, or with think tanks and diplomatic agencies like the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the U.S. State Department and Chicago’s consular offices.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Submit an online application, official transcripts, essay questions, writing sample, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, GRE scores and résumé or curriculum vitae.
You’ll take two foundation courses, four core courses, three electives and three research courses, and complete a 50- to 80-page thesis.
of surveyed 2016 International Studies MA graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation
of 2016 employed LAS graduates are in a job related to their degree
You’ll learn from faculty like Associate Professor Shiera Malik, who teaches and writes on themes of coloniality, politics and theory. Her research is guided by an interest in the intersection of politics of knowledge and lived experience. She is also an accomplished author in international political theory, feminism and African anti-colonial thought.
“After graduating I joined the State Department, and I’ve really learned to appreciate the critical analysis and professional writing skills I developed at DePaul. My time in the International Studies Department was invaluable in preparing me for a career in development and diplomacy. The program’s focus on theory also helped me build the necessary academic foundation required to effectively engage with complex policy issues, such as climate change and sustainable development policy. I’m grateful to the program for fostering a terrific cohort, as my relationships with faculty and other students have grown into a terrific professional network that I carry with me to this day.”
With a master’s in International Studies you’ll graduate equipped with the writing, research and critical-thinking skills necessary to succeed in a wide range of careers. Hone your writing skills with our full-time faculty, work toward a PhD or seek a career in nonprofits, international NGOs and a range of diplomatic entities.
Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at
(773) 325-7315 or
We'll send you our viewbook with information about the degree, admission requirements and upcoming info sessions. Let’s get started.