The Master's degree is designed to appeal to exceptional students who have identified an area of international interest and who are suited to a flexible, tailor-made program of graduate study on international issues. The program is designed for students who seek an interdisciplinary approach to graduate study; students with a clear disciplinary direction should apply to a standard disciplinary program. The M.A. is an academic degree, not a professional certification; however, students whose employment prospects will be increased by an academic degree in international studies are encouraged to apply.
The distinctive feature of this program is that it is designed to be student-based and responsive to individualized interests. The program is flexible enough to appeal to the needs of a variety of students and to adapt quickly to changing world political processes, institutions, and cultural trends. To take full advantage of this flexibility, students must be able to articulate their interests and needs clearly and coherently. They do this through careful consultation with their faculty advisor and M.A. committee members.