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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

The Fall 2023 application is now open. The priority application date is February 15, 2023.

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

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The 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.

Program Overview

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.


Meron Semdar '17, MAIS

Meron Semedar ’17

Students arrive on campus from all over the world

I wanted to continue my education desperately and I knew there were Eritrean students who went to study here, I asked them about education and life and they suggested I come here rather than to take the perilous journey of the Mediterranean Sea to Europe."

Meron Semedar ’17


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 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.

Upcoming Events

Globus Journal of International Studies

Explore the current issue of Globus, an online journal published by the International Studies Department.

International Studies, MA

International Studies, MA
2130 Fulton Street
Kalmanovitz Hall, 213
San Franciscio, CA 94117-1084