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The Program

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The Master of Arts in International Studies is a 28-unit program that can be completed in 16 months, including the International Studies Internship.

Students will be equipped for a future in one or more of the following areas:

  • Professional work in international agencies, government agencies and information offices, security and intelligence, international businesses and non-governmental organizations
  • Further graduate studies in a Ph.D. program

Program of Study

The program of study includes the following four requirements:

  • International Studies: Themes, Theories, and Perspectives
  • History and Politics of Global Issues
  • Human Rights and International Law
  • Research and Thesis Writing

Graduate Courses (see the Courses for details)

Students complete six four-unit graduate courses, including the four required courses above and two electives.

Language Proficiency

Successful completion of a second-semester non-English language course (equivalent to a second-semester language course at USF) is recommended for admission. By completion of the MAIS program, students are required to show proficiency in a non-English language at intermediate level two (fourth-semester language course at USF), either through previous undergraduate coursework, by passing a language exam at USF, or by completing a fourth-semester language course.

International Studies Internship

A unique and key feature of the program is the International Studies Internship. The internship begins the summer between semesters of study at USF, and is served at an international, governmental, or nongovernmental organization for a minimum of 80 hours.

Master's Applied Project or Thesis (see the Courses for details)

Students complete a four-unit applied project or thesis during the final semester of the program.

Students complete the program in 16 months

Year 1

Fall
International Studies: Themes, Theories, and Perspectives - 4 units
History and Politics of Global Issues - 4 units
Human Rights and International Law - 4 units

Spring
Research and Thesis Writing - 4 units
Elective Course - 4 units
Elective Course - 4 units

Summer
International Studies Internship - 0 units

Year 2

Fall
International Studies Applied Project or Thesis - 4 units