Dragon head from a statue at USF.
International Studies, MA

Career Outcomes

Our graduates pursue careers in government and foreign service, global and community service, nonprofit management and advocacy, and development and social responsibility. Some students may also pursue further study in international studies in a PhD program.

Meron Semedar

Meron Semedar

MA in International Studies '17

Help for Refugees

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. I am that person — the person whose human rights were violated.”

Meron Semedar

MA in International Studies '17

Building Bridges on the US-Mexico Border

Charlie Cutler MAIS '15 launched a new tennis and tutoring program at the US-Mexico border to build bridges between communities. Border Youth Tennis Exchange (BYTE) is a comprehensive 24-week after-school program, enrolling as many as 40 underserved kids in two locations — half in Nogales, Arizona and half in Nogales, Sonora. Students will spend an hour on the tennis court and an hour studying math, reading, health, and the history of the border as well as sharing cross-border video lessons and field trips.

Charlie Cutler and kid holding a tennis raquet

Why MAIS?

"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

Employers

a partial list:

  • African Diaspora Network
  • African Women's Development Fund
  • Alterna Center for Social Innovation
  • American Red Cross
  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Law Caucus
  • Bay Area Immigration
  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health
  • Credit Suisse
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Fair Trade USA
  • Foundation for Sustainable Development
  • Future Worlds Center
  • German American Chamber of Commerce
  • Give 2 Asia
  • Global Fund for Women
  • Google
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Jubilee USA
  • Mekong Energy & Ecology Network
  • Mission Housing Development Corporation
  • Nestbuilders International
  • Pivot Learning Partners
  • Reintegration International
  • Royal Norwegian Consulate General
  • Sacred Heart
  • Silicon Valley Innovation Center
  • The Women's Foundation
  • UN Development Project
  • West Coast Children's Clinic
  • World Affairs Council of Northern California

Graduate Schools

a partial list:

  • Claremont Graduate University
  • George Mason University
  • John F. Kennedy University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of Wisconsin