Master of Arts in International Studies

General

Program Description

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in International Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide a broad foundation for analytical thinking and problem solving regarding international issues, cultural and policy analysis, and global governance.

This interdisciplinary program prepares students for the challenges and opportunities of a global world by providing them with the appropriate knowledge, tools, and skills to understand, function, and work effectively and collaboratively in an increasingly interdependent and multinational world.

The M.A. in International Studies is recognized both within and outside of the academy as an appropriate advanced degree for those pursuing further academic study or planning careers in many of the international aspects of contemporary society including culture analysis, politics, health and nutrition, business, art, architecture, engineering, communications, and environmental studies.

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Program of Study

Because of the interdisciplinary focus of the International Studies programs, many of the courses in which students enroll, particularly in their area(s) of concentration, will depend on the students' areas of interest and the schedule of courses in the department or school offering the courses. In general, students admitted to the International Studies program can expect to enroll in the following:

Core Requirements: 15 credits

  • POSC 501: Theories of International Relations
  • ENGL 581: Advanced Expository Writing
  • INST 603: Research Methods
  • SOCI 531: Seminar in Social Deprivation
  • HIST 680: Historical Origins of Contemporary Problems

Concentrations: 12 credits

There are two modes of concentration, topical and geographic. Depending on areas of interest and the schedule of courses, students may elect to concentrate on topics in:

  • International Public Health and the Environment
  • International Business and Economics
  • International Social and Historical Thought
  • International Language and Culture
  • International Politics and Foreign Policy
  • International Engineering and Technology

Depending on their areas of interest and the schedule of courses, students may elect to focus on global or regional geographic areas in:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East
  • The Caribbean
  • North America

Students are encouraged to meet with Dr. Joanna Crosby, the graduate coordinator in the International Studies program, to discuss the selection of courses in their areas of Concentration.

Electives: 6 credits

Consistent with the interdisciplinary focus of the International Studies program, students are encouraged to select courses from across the curricula of graduate programs in order to enhance their breadth and depth of understanding of issues in their concentration and in international studies. For example, students may elect to satisfy their six credits of electives in a Fulbright or other study abroad program.

International Studies Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete degree requirements successfully according to the following procedures:

  • Level One: Successful completion of graduate course work.
  • Level Two: Successful completion of the Department Graduate Comprehensive Examination and Foreign Language Proficiency
  • Level Three: Exit Options: Thesis, Study Abroad, Internship, etc.

General Requirements

Students are required to complete thirty-three (33) credit hours of course work, successfully pass a comprehensive examination, and fulfill one of the exit options listed below. All exit options include a substantial writing project. Thesis guidance credits (i.e., INST 797) shall not be included as part of the 33 credits needed to satisfy degree requirements. The distribution of the 33 credits is listed below:

  • Core Courses: 15 credits
  • Program Concentration: 12 credits
  • Electives: 6 credits
  • Total Requirements: 33 Credits
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution providing instruction to a multiethnic, multiracial, multinational student body and offering more than ... Read More

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution providing instruction to a multiethnic, multiracial, multinational student body and offering more than 125 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland's Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan fulfills its mission to address the needs and challenges of the modern urban environment through intense community-level study and pioneering solutions. Read less