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The M.A. in International Studies is a highly customizable and interdisciplinary degree. The Graduate Program in International Studies (GPIS) offers advanced research opportunities and training in global problems and transnational issues. Students may choose from one of several concentrations to focus their studies: U.S. foreign policy and international relations, conflict and cooperation, international political economy and development, interdependence and transnationalism, and comparative and regional studies, modeling and simulation, and cultural studies.
Wide range of courses on global issues
Emphasis on professional development
Curriculum permits earning a GPIS certificate as part of the master’s degree
Alumni have gone on to work in foreign policy and security contracting, international aid and development, and as Foreign Service officers.
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An analysis of international trade theory, commercial policy, foreign exchange markets, open economy macroeconomics, and balance of payments. The course provides the theoretical basis to understand contemporary international economic issues. |Credit may not be applied toward the M.A. in economics.)
NON-GPIS STUDENTS MUST RECEIVE PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
Course explores how different societies in the 20th century were shaped by similar practices, ideas, and pressures. Course themes may include colonialism, the global history of World War II, the cold war ethnic distortion and the consumer revolution among others.
Students entering the Master of Arts program in International Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Any prior graduate course work taken at ODU (e.g., in nondegree status) or at another institution can be counted toward the M.A.degree only in accordance with the provisions governing transfer of credit and the director’s approval.
All candidates for admission into the M.A. must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores;
Official transcripts of all undergraduate or prior graduate course work submitted directly by all universities attended;
Two letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s capacity to undertake graduate work in international/global issues;
An essay of not more than 500 words describing interest in and capacity for advanced training in global/transnational issues; and
One example of writing or research (a paper submitted to a seminar, a publication or report, or another comparable example).
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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