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International Studies M.A.

School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies


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Overview of the Program

The International Studies Master of Arts (MA) 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 Masters 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 largest single endowment 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 Masters degree at the University of Wyoming:

The Traditional Masters 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 each program who will sit on your committee and help you choose your courses and formulate your thesis.

Graduate MinorA graduate minor in international studies provides students in graduate programs other than international studies with the opportunity to acquire a basic graduate-level familiarity with international relations, global processes and cultural diversity around the world. Students acquire a foundation in inter-governmental relations and research methodology. Beyond this, students work closely with an international studies advisor to fashion a program of study appropriate for their interests and post-graduate plans. The minor complements several other graduate degree programs.

Contact Us

School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies

Arts & Sciences Building 208

Dept. 3197

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-6484

Email: sppais@uwyo.edu

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