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Master's Programs at USF

Like our home city, the University of San Francisco is global in spirit with a commitment to better the lives of our fellow global citizens. USF offers programs focused on international studies and development. You can request information about these 3 programs here. For information about other related programs (MA Asia Pacific Studies, MA Urban and Public Affairs, and MS Environmental Management), please email

MA in International Studies

  • Examines the challenges that face the global community, and the tools and training to bring about change.
  • Focuses on issues of development and the environment, political and economic aspects of globalization, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, and other topics.
  • The summer internship provides a wealth of opportunities to combine theory with practical, professional experience.
  • Students gain access to a strong professional network that includes organizations and alumni throughout the world.

Master in Migration Studies

  • Design and implement projects and policies that can transform the lives of global citizens who face the harsh realities of migration and refugee life.
  • Study Abroad – The program includes an optional semester at the Universidad Iberoamericana, where students work with populations that migrate through Mexico City.
  • Immersion and Practicums — Government bodies, NGOs and grassroots organizations provide immersion experiences and practicums.

MS in International and Development Economics

  • Gain knowledge and analytical skills to understand how market forces can empower disadvantaged populations and developing countries in breaking cycles of poverty.
  • Summer Overseas Research option offers you the exciting opportunity to apply economic knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios of development.
  • Combine your passion for international development with the practical training in quantitative economics needed for development projects.
  • Graduates work as program analysts, researchers, development practitioners and policymakers. Some pursue PhD studies.