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Master of Arts

M.A. Summary

  • Open to
    Graduate Students
  • Application Deadline for Fall 2017 (domestic applications)

    January 15, 2017
  • Application Deadline for Fall 2017 (international applications)

    December 1, 2016
  • Example Sequence Map

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The M.A. in International Studies prepares students for careers in the private as well as the public sectors, including international business and both national and global governing institutions or NGOs. It is also open to students interested in academic and research-oriented careers.

M.A. Eligibility

The M.A. program is open to students who fulfill the IU Graduate School Admission Requirements, in addition to the following:

M.A. applicants must have achieved a minimum of a 3.3 grade point average (GPA) for the B.A. course work.

Ensuring that our students achieve a high-level of foreign language proficiency is one of the goals of our MA program. The language eligibility requirements for the application process can be met in the following ways:

1) The undergraduate record must show completion of at least two years of any single foreign language at the college level.
2) Equivalent mastery of a foreign language must be demonstrated through a proficiency exam.
3) If you do not meet these requirements, you will need to undertake further advanced language training to complete the Masters degree.

M.A. Course Requirements

There are 36 credit hours (minimum) of graduate coursework for the M.A. portion of the degree including:

  • INTL-I701, Interdisciplinary Seminar in Issues and Approaches in Global Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL-I705, Human Rights Multidisciplinary Graduate Seminar (3 hours)
  • Four additional graduate-level International Studies (IS) courses (12 hours), in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies
  • INTL-I515 (or equivalent), Research Methods in International Studies (3 hours)
  • Two graduate-level area studies courses (6 hours), in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and based on the student’s foreign language expertise and regional focus
  • INTL-I680, International Studies Masters Capstone (thesis or project) (3 hours)
    • MA Capstone Thesis Requirements

      This thesis is designed to demonstrate your accumulated training in International Studies in a single original project of your choice, subject to the instructor’s approval and under the supervision of a faculty member. The completed thesis should bring together your thematic interests, disciplinary background, your region, your foreign language expertise and relevant overseas experiences in a 12,000 word tour de force. The Capstone necessitates multiple drafts of your research that are subjected to peer review and regular feedback from your instructor, your peers and your mentor. By the end of the seminar you will be able to articulate clearly your research argument in a well-written paper and oral presentation.

      Please note that a MA Capstone can also consist of an approved alternate project. Depending on the nature of the thesis research, foreign language sources may not be required. Please note that there is no regular seminar. At the time of enrolling in I-680, the student must present a 500-word overview of the proposed research, including an indication of the expected outcome and description of the data to be used, and indicate the faculty supervisor’s agreement to advise this thesis. The faculty supervisor must be chosen from among core, visiting, or affiliate faculty.

In addition to the above courses, a student must complete 6 credits in one of the following ways:

  • Further study (beyond third year) of a main research language
  • The first or second year of a different language
  • Additional training in research methods and/or statistics
  • Graduate courses at an approved international study program
  • Additional regional or thematic (INTL) courses.
Please click here to download a sample sequence map for the International Studies M.A..

M.A. Application Procedures

Please apply online.

A fully completed application will include your:

  • Graduate School Application for Admission and Financial Aid
  • Official final transcripts from each college or university you've attended.
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of interest indicating motivations for wishing to pursue the M.A. program (1-2 pages).
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE score
  • TOEFL exam (for international applicants)
  • Evidence of foreign language proficiency (six semesters on transcript or proficiency exam)

Application Deadlines for Fall 2017:

For domestic applications: January 15, 2017
For international applications: December 1, 2016