Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science degree in International Studies is designed to prepare candidates to cope with the international responsibilities that confront individuals working in the public and private sectors around the world. The program is multi-disciplinary, allowing students the freedom to focus on the area of study which they choose. At the same time the core courses provide students with a broader understanding of theory, history, world politics and culture. The program also allows for a wide range of international experiences through internships, work on global research projects, and interaction with a diverse consortium of students and faculty.

Course Requirements:

Candidates for the master’s degree are required to complete 30 credit hours of course work with a thesis option, of 33 hours with a creative component option. The program is designed to allow most fulltime students to complete the requirements in three semesters. These requirements include core courses, focus area courses, electives and foreign language proficiency. A thesis or creative component is also required.

(Persons without a background in focus areas of International Studies may need to take undergraduate prerequisite courses in addition to graduate course requirements.)

For a Plan of Study with Thesis, the graduate credit requirements are:

Courses Credits
INTL 5013 Contemporary Issues
Choose 3 of the following courses:
INTL 5233 Global Competitive Environment
INTL 5043 Politics of the Global Economy
ANTH 5243 Globalization & Culture
AGEC 5343 International Ag Markets, Trade & Development OR
ECON 5603 Global Economics
GEOG 5233 Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
MGMT 5163 Fundraising for Non-Profits
AGED 5202 Grant Seeking
RMTR 4943 Grant Writing and Non-Profit Management
FLL 5210 Graduate Studies in Foreign Languages
INTL 5020 Global Business Professional (on-line)
12
Focus Area courses (3 courses) 15
Thesis Hours 6
Electives (1 Course) 3
Total credits for degree 30

For a Plan of Study with Creative Component, the graduate credit requirements are:

Courses Credits
INTL 5013 Contemporary Issues
Choose 3 of the Following
INTL 5233 Global Competitive Environment
INTL 5043 Politics of the Global Economy
INTL 5243 Globalization & Culture
AGEC 5343 International Ag Markets, Trade & Development OR
ECON 5603 Global Economics
GEOG 5233 Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
MGMT 5163 Fundraising for Non-Profits
AGED 5203 Grant Seeking
RMTR 4943 Grant Writing and Non-Profit Management
FLL 5210 Graduate Studies in Foreign Languages
INTL 5020 Global Business Profession (on-line)
12
Focus Area courses (4 courses) 12
Creative Component Hours 3
Electives (2 Courses) 6
Total credits for degree 33

* Students are restricted to not more than 12 credit hours of Business courses beyond INTL 5233 including INTL 5010 and the courses under the following course designations: ACCT, BADM, BCOM, BHON, BUSAD, FIN, LSB, MGMT, MSIS, AND TCOM. Economics courses are excluded from the restrictions.

Foreign Language Requirement

In order to fulfill the foreign language requirement, native speakers of English must have accomplished one of the following:

  1. Complete 15 semester hours of a second language or five semester hours of intermediate or advanced modern foreign language courses with a minimum grade of C; or
  2. Obtain an Intermediate level rating on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). For more information about the OPI, see the website at www.actfl.org. Note: No waivers for the foreign language requirement will be permitted, and the 15 hours of language courses cannot be counted towards the 33 hours necessary to complete the masters degree.

International Experience Requirement

Students from the U.S. must have an international experience to qualify for the M.S. in International Studies degree. The time outside the U.S. must be a minimum of 3 to 6 weeks, involve a structured program of course work or internship and have occurred during the student's undergraduate or graduate programs. Due to the great variety of opportunities, the experience must be approved by the Director.

Research Design & Methods Requirement

All students are normally required to complete a course in research design and method. This requirement may be adjusted or waived at the discretion of the program director depending upon the background of an individual student. Appropriate courses include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:

Research Design/Methods (one of the following; appropriate substitutions are subject to approval by program director):

REMS 5013 Research Design & Methodology
SOC 5273 Qualitative Research Methods
STAT 5013 Statistics for Experimenters I
POLS 5103 Research Design
SCFD 5913 Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry

Students with appropriate backgrounds may usually substitute more advanced methods courses to fulfill this requirement, subject to the approval of the program director.

International students may also wish to consider ENG 4893 -- Research Writing for International Graduate Students.

Transfer of Credits

Students in the master's degree program may apply to transfer up to nine hours from another college or university. The following conditions must be met for the courses to be accepted.

  • The student must have received a grade of B or above.
  • The student was formally admitted to the graduate college at another accredited institution and the course(s) was certified as graduate credit by that institution.
  • The transfer of credit must be recommended by the student's advisory committee.
  • The transfer must also be approved by the dean of the Graduate College at the time a program of study is planned.

GRE/GMAT

All entering students must take either the GRE or the GMAT.