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 choose to enter this program
you will leave with a vast amount of knowledge and the ability to work in a wide variety
Because Masters of International Studies graduates have a broad understanding of international
affairs, national and cultural diversity, social structures, global political and
economic systems, and major global trends, they are adept at effectively developing
alternative explanations, theories, and concepts to solve world-reaching problems.
Students who graduate with a Master's degree in International Studies will be able
to present their work intelligently, with both written and oral capability at a level
of professional expectations. IS Masters think critically and reason logically about
a problem and the ways it can be answered, employing the best recognized methods appropriate
to their research. They engage in independent empirical inquiry that makes an original
contribution to the field of study in such a way that progressive disproof is possible.
International Studies M.A. students are required to complete a minimum of 26 hours
of graded, non-thesis coursework (including INST 5400 + INST 5200) and 4 hours of thesis research.
A student must exhibit an ability to read/write/speak a degree of fluency (exceeding
conversational) in a language other than their native language.
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.
Students must pass an oral examination at the completion of their program. Normally
the oral examination (thesis defense) will center on the thesis, but may also encompass
coursework of the candidate. When setting up a thesis defense students will need to
pick a date and time, students should know their defense is public and will also need
to prepare an announcement that can be electronically distributed to all of the Faculty
of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Each student completes the required Graduate Pro-seminar (INST 5200) and International
Social Science Methods (INST 5400) with room for an additional course of your choosing.
Each student has the opportunity to attend scheduled orientation sessions. These sessions
focus on tips for graduate student success, preliminary thesis work, and research
Students circulate and present a brief thesis proposal to the graduate faculty and
other graduate students; this is known as the Spring Graduate Thesis Seminar. This
seminar familiarizes the faculty with student work and helps students identify faculty
with whom they will work with.
This is also the time when students pick the members for their thesis committees.
The standard MA committee is composed of at least three members. As a rule, the committee
head should be a Professor with direct ties to the International Studies program.
The committee members must be tenure track Professors that hold their doctorate.
By the end of the 2nd semester each MA student should submit a prospectus write up
to their thesis committee prior to doing their summer fieldwork.
Students start preparing and begin working on their thesis.
Student will have completed their thesis.
Students will make a public presentation, called a thesis defense, before their thesis
committee. This is followed by an oral examination of the material and course of study
by the students thesis committee.
We accept applications year-round, but usually cut off admitting about 2 weeks before
the beginning of the semester or when the program fills. This usually turns out to
If you are close to this deadline for admitting, please contact the department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All applicants for Graduate Assistantships in International Studies are required to
submit their requests through the SaleForce application portal when they apply. We
do not take GA applications through email. If you are interested in being considered
for the first round, please have your MA application with required GA application
Applications received after February 1st will be considered for the "alternate pool"
if spots open up, or as funding allows.
Once all materials have been received, your application is complete. After an evaluation
of all credentials by the SPPAIS graduate committee, the director will send a recommendation
to the Graduate School to admit or deny.
A 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.
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All prerequisites for entering the graduate program in international studies as a
major apply to the minor with the exception of proficiency in a second language. Declaration
of an international studies graduate minor is contingent on these additional pre-requisites:
Graduate students minoring in international studies must satisfy the requirements
of their graduate major and take 12 credits of guided graduate coursework in international
studies. With the approval of the department of the graduate major, these 12 hours
may also count toward the major. Students are required to take at least 1 advanced
theory course and 1 advanced research methods course. All courses will be determined
in consultation with the Graduate Studies Director.
The committee makeup for the thesis or dissertation committee of the student's primary
major will include at least one faculty member from international studies or the director
of international studies. This committee member may serve as the outside member of