In today’s global environment, expertise in international affairs is essential to understanding the contemporary world. The Master of Arts in International Studies is a two-year, full-time, interdisciplinary course of study designed to train students seeking global careers with the U.S. Foreign Service, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the United Nations (UN), or businesses.
This is a cohort degree program. Students must complete 42 credits of academic work, demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to having completed two courses in the language at the 300 level, complete a 240 hour international internship, and successfully complete a master's thesis.
All students complete an international internship between their first and second years of study. These internships immerse students in culture and real-world work overseas, providing them with language and professional skills in the field to which they aspire. For example, past students who hoped to pursue a career in the NGO arena participated in international internships with Global Vision International, the Foundation for Sustainable Development and others.
To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:
- Application to the Master of Arts in International Studies program
- Official degree-granting transcripts from all undergraduate and postgraduate degree granting institutions attended.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. Suggested minimum scores are Verbal: 154; Quantitative:147; Analytical Writing: 4.0.
- Two letters of recommendation, including one from an academic source, which describes your professional and academic abilities
- A 1,000-word essay addressing your background and interest in the field of international studies
- MAIS Fellowship Award Application
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