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International Studies (MA)

International Studies (MA)
International Studies (MA)

Hone critical perspectives on international political issues

Earn your master’s in International Studies and develop a complex, informal perspective on global inequality. This academically rigorous program, grounded in critical theory, 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. The program can be completed in two years.

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Globally focused within the heart of Chicago

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.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, essay questions, writing sample, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and résumé or curriculum vitae.

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Required Courses

You’ll take two foundation courses, four core courses, three electives and three research courses, and complete a final capstone project or thesis.

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of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Learn from faculty with interdisciplinary specializations

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.”

Andrew (MA ’12)

Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia
Andrew, MA International Studies, 2012 

Career Options

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 organizations and a range of diplomatic entities.

Scholarships & Aid

Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or

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