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Global & Area Studies|College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Work in Global & Area Studies

International Studies Master's of Arts Degree (MA)

The Global & Area 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.

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 Enviroment 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 Global & Area 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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