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International Studies, M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Hone your data analysis and research skills as you prepare for work in domestic or international government, non-profit or private business sectors.

A master's degree in international studies provides a sophisticated grounding in world affairs and policy analysis. You’ll gain skills to succeed in today’s increasingly connected world while specializing in your choice of career-relevant coursework from data analytics and research design to public administration or a foreign language. Course-based or thesis-based tracks are available.

Program Highlights

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    Competitive Careers

    Prepare for sought-after roles in data analysis and research design in comparative politics and international relations.

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    Designed by You

    Beyond your core classes for the degree, you select coursework that correlates to your specific career aspirations

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    Language Skills

    Need to brush up on a foreign language for your career? Students can take up to six credit hours of language courses in this degree.

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    Thesis Track

    Students planning for Ph.D. programs will write and defend a thesis while others can opt for additional courses and an oral exam.

What You’ll Study

Classes cover topics from international relations to comparative politics, and students can choose to study data analysis and research design or to focus on public administration. A foreign language is optional, as is the thesis track. Flexible electives allow you to complete the course of study that best fits your future goals.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

  • Innovation

    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

    Evaluate Policies

    Examining their impact and effectiveness in achieving specific goals or objectives

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Executive
  • Diplomat
  • Politician
  • Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Outreach Coordinator

Workplace Settings

  • Government
  • Military
  • Nonprofits
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Law