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International Studies

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Graduate Programs

Overview

International Studies offers 3 programs at the graduate level:

  • The Master's in International Affairs is an interdepartmental program leading to the degree of Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS). Students may choose to concentrate on a wide variety of substantive interests, geographical areas, and disciplinary emphases. Courses are selected from the participating departments of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning, and the School of Public Administration and Policy. Students within this program pursue careers in government, business, international organizations, journalism, or teaching. This program generally takes 1-2 years to complete. Students may choose between a comprehensive exam or a written thesis and oral defense.
  • The Master's in Russian and East European Studies is an interdepartmental program leading to the Master of Arts (MA) degree. The approach is broad, interdisciplinary, multinational and comparative. The program is designed to give students a well-rounded understanding of Russia and Eastern Europe. Knowledge of the socioeconomic history, languages and cultural traditions of this region combined with a thorough understanding of contemporary politics and economic conditions in Russia and Eastern Europe has prepared students for careers in government, multinational corporations, journalism and international non-government organizations. Other students use the program as a stepping-stone into more specialized doctoral work by taking coursework in one of the disciplines represented by the participating Russian and East European Studies faculty. This program generally takes 1-2 years to complete. Students may choose between a comprehensive exam or a written thesis and oral defense.
  • The Master's in Asian Studies is an interdepartmental program leading to the Master of Arts degree (MA). The program is designed to give students a well-rounded understanding of Asia, particularly the culture of China, Japan, and India. Many students in the program pursue careers in government, business, international organizations, journalism, or teaching. Other students use the program as a stepping stone into more specialized doctoral programs, by developing a language and area competency prior to entering a PhD program in one of the disciplines represented by the participating Asian Studies faculty. This program generally takes 1-2 years to complete. Students may choose between a comprehensive exam or a written thesis and oral defense.