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International Studies, MA

Tackling the challenges facing the global community

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.

Apply Now for 2023

Applications for Fall 2023 are open and we will continue to review for Fall admission. We recommend you submit your application as soon as possible to be considered for Fall.

Students who apply by the priority application date are eligible for the Dean's Scholarship.

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Our Master's in International Studies Curriculum

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. Choose a core concentration to gain expertise in a subject area aligned with your passions and career goals. Each concentration lets you develop closer working relationships with faculty and fellow students.

You will complete an internship in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, elsewhere in the United States, or abroad. Our students have completed internships across five continents.

Program Overview Internships

Meron Semdar '17, MAIS

Meron Semedar ’17

Our Master of Arts in International Studies Students arrive on campus from all over the world

The mission of USF stood out — the mission of taking action to confront the issues that degrade human dignity and empower the voices of the disadvantaged.”

Meron Semedar ’17

Why Master of International Studies Graduates at USF?

"I was drawn to MAIS not only because of its location in San Francisco, but for the interdisciplinary nature of the program. It gave me the chance to learn about five different subjects (I chose Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, Language, and History) and let me discover how they were all interrelated."

— Andrew Che '16

Career Outcomes for Master of International Studies Graduates

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.

Career Outcomes

Our International Studies Program 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.

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International Studies, MA

International Studies, MA
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San Franciscio, CA 94117-1084