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Master of Arts in International Studies

The MA in International Studies Degree equips students with the tools to engage a globally integrated environment, whether in the realm of diplomacy and Foreign Service, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, think-tanks, research institutes, or academia.  With a focus on international politics, foreign policy, and policy analysis, the program also provides a rigorous foundation in global economics, global security, law and institutions, and area studies, and allows students to concentrate their coursework in one of these four sub-fields. The MAIS Program emphasizes a “cohort model,” whereby students admitted the same year take many of the same classes together, participating together in various group activities, projects, and assignments, most notably culminating in the Global Policy Workshop in the final semester.

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Master of Arts in Global Affairs (Online)

The Master of Arts in Global Affairs (GAMA) enables students to pursue studies with a focus on the political, economic and social interactions that have an impact on global turbulence.

GAMA coursework is designed to provide students with a global vision from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Additionally, students will develop expertise in one or more geographic areas of the globe. The program will provide valuable and practical experience through a planned policy exercise and collective study abroad program exclusive to GAMA students.

By studying in the GAMA program, students will increase their knowledge of global affairs, enhance their ability to operate in a dynamic global environment and expand their global connections, contributing to professional success.  

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The requirements for the dual JD/MAIS degree are identical to the Department of International and Area Studies MAIS requirements, with two exceptions: 

Candidates must choose the Global Studies option and instead of taking 9 credit hours of elective courses as normally required, the candidate will take 3 courses from a list of international law courses.

Persons interested in pursuing the dual JD/MAIS program must make regular application for admission to and be accepted by both the College of Law and the Graduate College and applicants should apply to MAIS during their second semester of the first year of the JD program.