International Studies MA

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Applications are currently welcome and reviewed for fall 2022 admission, and considered for scholarship.

How to Apply

USF’s Master of Arts in International Studies is a two-year program, which provides students with in-depth, interdisciplinary knowledge of the issues and challenges that face the global community. Our curriculum focuses on development and the environment, political and economic aspects of globalization, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, and international law and organizations.

Our students graduate with the skills needed for a variety of careers, including international and governmental affairs, advocacy work, policy and project development, foreign service, international non-governmental organizations, international development, and further graduate study.

Diverse Backgrounds

Our students arrive on campus from all over the world, representing different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. That diversity makes our classrooms rich and dynamic, with perspectives and experiences that cross generations and borders.


Our internship program provides an opportunity for students to gain practical professional work experience by working at one of the many international studies-related organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. Our students have completed internships across five continents.


Our Faculty

Our professors are not only scholars, they've also held leadership positions in governmental and non-governmental agencies. They’re activists in fields such as development, regional conflicts, refugees, law, human rights, environmental protection, and indigenous rights.

Meet Our Faculty

The San Francisco Advantage

San Francisco is a vibrant, intellectual, global environment, and our campus is uniquely situated in the middle of it all. Students take advantage of our location through internships, volunteering, and attending talks and activities at the World Affairs Council, the Commonwealth Club, and nearby academic institutions.


Contact Info

International Studies MA

Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 213, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1084 (415) 422-5122