Master of Arts (M.A.) Major in International Studies (Non-thesis Option)

Major Program

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with a major in International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for work and leadership in an interdependent world. Through training in area studies, technology information training, oral and written communication skills, and business acumen, the program aims to develop leaders for business, government, military, education, non-profit organizations, and international institutions that are collectively facing an increasingly interdependent world where cultural diversity is a reality and the need to appreciate and value such heterogeneity is a prerequisite to global peace and prosperity.

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Coverdell Fellowship Program for returned Peace Corps volunteers is currently available for returned volunteers pursuing the master's degree in International Studies at the Center for International Studies.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of fellowships and scholarships are available to qualified graduate students. Departmental fellowships and scholarships are listed on the Center for International Studies website: http://www.txstate.edu/internationalstudies. The Graduate College can provide further information about scholarships.

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the 2017-2018 academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the 2017-2018 academic year can be found on the program’s web page. International students should review the International Admission Documents section of the catalog for additional requirements.

  • completed online ApplyTexas application
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)*
  • background course work: a passing grade in at least 6 hours in introductory (principles of) microeconomics and macroeconomics courses (can be taken prior to the start of the program or concurrently with first year courses) at a regionally accredited college or university
  • proficiency in the speaking, reading, and oral comprehension of a modern language other than English as demonstrated by the following:
    • grade of B or better in modern language course work beyond the second year that was taken within the last three years at an accredited college, university, or language institute
    • examination for proficiency levels in reading, speaking, and listening that would place you beyond the second year of language courses*
    • recent foreign living experience of at least six continuous months in a single non-English-speaking culture outside the U.S.
  • official GRE scores not required*
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose
  • two letters of recommendation 

Coverdell Applicants Requirements

  • completed online ApplyTexas application
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)*
  • background course work: a passing grade in at least 6 hours in introductory (principles of) microeconomics  and macroeconomics courses (can be taken prior to the start of the program or concurrently with first year courses) at a regionally accredited college of university
  • proficiency in the speaking, reading, and oral comprehension of a modern language other than English as demonstrated by the following:
    • grade of B or better in modern language course work beyond the second year that was taken within the last three years at an accredited college, university, or language institute
    • examination of proficiency levels in reading, speaking, and listening that would place you beyond the second year of language courses*
    • recent foreign living experience of at least 6 continuous months in a single non-English-speaking culture outside the U.S.
  • official GRE scores not required*
  • official Peace Corps description of service (application fees will be waived upon receipt) 
  • resume/CV listing Peace Corps Service
  • statement of purpose (2-5 pages) describing the following:
    • Why are you considering the international studies program
    • how it fits into a process of professional development 
    • what you hope to accomplish by enrolling in the program
    • Peace Corps service
  • two letters of recommendation from professors

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

If you do not meet the scores above, you may qualify for English-based conditional admission if you meet the minimum scores below:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 59 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 5.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 5.5

*Additional Information 
GPA and GRE Requirement
If your last-60-hours GPA falls between 2.8–2.99, please submit the following:

  • official GRE scores with a preferred minimum of 156 in the verbal section

Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement
If the last language course was taken more than three years before the date of admission, and there has been no significant involvement in the language in the interim, you may be asked to take a refresher course(s) in the language.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with a major in International Studies requires 36 semester credit hours, including an internship. It is expected that students entering the program have a passing grade in introductory (principles of) microeconomics and macroeconomics at an accredited college or university. The economics courses can be taken after admission.

Course Requirements

Required Courses
Choose 3 hours from the following:3
Twentieth-Century Russia
Military History
Modern Middle Eastern History
Interpretations of World History
Mahatma Gandhi in World History
European Colonialism
Choose 9 hours from the following:9
Problems in American Foreign Relations
The British Political Order Since 1900
Russian Politics and Josef Stalin
Civil-Military Relations in Comparative Perspective
Government and Politics of African States
Seminar in International Relations Theory
Problems in International Organizations
Problems in International Law
Problems in International Political Economy
Directed Reading and Research
Internship
IS 5387International Studies Internship3
Electives
Choose 21 hours from the following:21
Latin American Cultures
Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Archaeology of Mexico
Seminar in Human Communication Theory
Global Issues in Diversity
International Economics
Emerging Market Economies
Foundations in Technical Communication
Studies in Principles of Technical Communication
Specializations in Technical Communication
Studies in Rhetorical Theory
International Finance
Population Geography
Internship
Independent Study
Latin Literature and Roman History and Society
Roman History and Civilization: The “Golden Age” of Rome
Warfare in the Ancient World
Interpreting the Eighteenth Century
The French Revolution
Early Modern Spain
Modern European History
Early American History
Eighteenth Century England
The Age of the Stuarts
European Imperialism
Society and Culture in Brazil
History of Race and Slavery in Brazil
Class and Society in Latin America
Slavery and Emancipation in the Americas
Writing the History of Latin America: The Colonial Era
Modern Latin American Revolutions
History of Mexico to 1848
Revolutionary Mexico
Mexico Since the Revolution
Twentieth-Century Russia
East European History
Early U.S. Diplomacy - Revolution to Reconstruction
Oral History: Theory & Practice
History of Utopian Communities
Transformation of the South
Immigration and Ethnicity in American History
History of Mexican American Music in the Southwest
Women and Citizenship
History of Country Music
Theories and Methods in Popular Music History/Culture Studies
Cold War America
Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in American Labor History
Politics & Society of Postwar America, 1945-Present
Foundations of the U.S. Conservation Movement
Women in Modern America
American Historiography
General Historiography
Chinese Communism
Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East
Problems in Historical Research
Modern Middle Eastern History
Interpretations of World History
Mahatma Gandhi in World History
European Colonialism
International Studies Internship
General Research Methods
Mass Media and Society
Research Methods in Mass Communication
Theories of Mass Communication
International Communication Issues
Latinos and Media
History of Mass Media
Marketing Research Methods
International Marketing
Applied Philosophy
Comparative Public Administration
Studies in Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
Nuclear Weapons in International Politics
Problems in American Foreign Relations
The British Political Order Since 1900
Russian Politics and Josef Stalin
Civil-Military Relations in Comparative Perspective
Problems in International Organizations
International Conflict and Security
Directed Reading and Research
Seminar in Demography
Directed Study
Seminar in Globalization and Development
Product Design and Development
Engineering Economic Analysis
Robust Product and Process Design
Industrial Ecology and Sustainability Engineering
Problems in Technology
Readings in Technology
Total Hours36

Master's level courses in International Studies: IS

Courses Offered

International Studies (IS)

IS 5387. International Studies Internship.

A work/research experience in a government agency or company related to the students’ career interests. The internship will consist of a minimum of 150 hours in the workplace and will require a research paper. This course may be repeated once for additional internship credit. Departmental approval required.

3 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 1 Lab Contact Hour.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

IS 5398. General Research Methods.

The principal purpose of the General Research Methods seminar is to prepare students to successfully produce research papers and/or theses. Students in this course will produce a research paper using primary and secondary source materials.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter