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.
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.)
* 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.
In order to fulfill the foreign language requirement, native speakers of English
must have accomplished one of the following:
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.
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):
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.
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.
All entering students must take either the GRE or the GMAT.