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Master of Arts in International Studies

International Studies Program | SPPAIS

Graduate Work in International Studies

International Studies Master's of Arts Degree (MA)

The International Studies Master’s Program is a highly interdisciplinary program that allows you to create a program that fits your interests. It is a small program with highly experienced faculty who are more than excited to work with you. Students in our program go on to do work with government organizations, global environmental stewardship organizations, the Peace Corps, and nongovernmental organizations as well as move into PhD programs elsewhere. In short, should you chose to enter this program you will leave with a vast amount of knowledge and the ability to work in a wide variety of organizations.

As a Master’s student, you are required to go abroad for research. If you are a domestic student this means going to a different country; if you are an international student you will do research in the United States or another country that is not your home country. The University of Wyoming has the most funding of any public university in the United States for students to study abroad, which means it is significantly cheaper to fund field research for your thesis.


Students who graduate with a Master’s degree in international studies will be able to:

  • Engage in independent empirical inquiry that makes an original contribution to the field of study.

  • Think critically and reason logically about a problem and the ways it can be answered.

  • Employ the best recognized methods appropriate to their research.

  • Effectively develop alternative explanations, use theories and concepts to guide the research project, and conduct the work in such a way that disproof is possible.

  • Present their work intelligently, with both written and oral capability at a level of professional expectations.


They will have a broad understanding of:

  • International affairs.

  • The diversity of national cultures and social structures.

  • Political and economic systems.

  • Major global trends and problems.


There are two different ways to complete a Master’s degree at the University of Wyoming:

The Traditional Master’s Degree:
Students complete a minimum of 26 hours of coursework and 4 hours of thesis research. You will work with an advisor and advisory committee to pick courses and develop your thesis.

The Joint Degree with Environment and Natural Resources (ENR):
Each student completes 26 hours of coursework and 4 hours of thesis research. You are required to take introductory courses for both International Studies and Environment and Natural Resources. When forming your committee, you will pick an advisor in both programs which sit on your committee and help you choose your courses and formulate your thesis.

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Laramie, WY 82071

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