Master of Arts (M.A.) Major in International Studies (Thesis Option)

Major Program

The Master of Arts (M.A.) 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 current academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the current academic year can be found on The Graduate College's website. International students should review the International Admission Documents webpage 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 (2–5 pages) describing the following:
    • the reasons for considering the international studies program
    • how it fits into a process of professional development
    • what the student hopes to accomplish by enrolling in the program
  • two letters of recommendation from professors

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:
    • the reasons for considering the international studies program
    • how it fits into a process of professional development
    • what the student hopes 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 30 semester credit hours, including a thesis. 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
Electives
Choose 12 hours from the following:12
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
Western European History Since 1815
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
Race, Class, and Nation in Modern 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 US History
History of Mexican American Music in the Southwest
Gender 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
US Women's History
American Historiography
Historiography and Methods
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
Global Media Issues
Latinos and 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
Sustainability in Industrial Management
Problems in Technology
Readings in Technology
Thesis
HIST 5399AThesis3
Choose a minimum of 3 hours from the following: 13
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours30

Comprehensive Examination Requirements

All candidates for graduate degrees must pass one or more comprehensive examinations.

If a student elects to follow the thesis option for the degree, a committee to direct the written thesis will be established. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capability for research and independent thought. Preparation of the thesis must be in conformity with the Graduate College Guide to Preparing and Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation.

Thesis Proposal

The student must submit an official Thesis Proposal Form and proposal to his or her thesis committee. Thesis proposals vary by department and discipline. Please see your department for proposal guidelines and requirements. After signing the form and obtaining committee members’ signatures, the graduate advisor’s signature if required by the program and the department chair’s signature, the student must submit the Thesis Proposal Form with one copy of the proposal attached to the dean of The Graduate College for approval before proceeding with research on the thesis. If the thesis research involves human subjects, the student must obtain exemption or approval from the Texas State Institutional Review Board prior to submitting the proposal form to The Graduate College. The IRB approval letter should be included with the proposal form. If the thesis research involves vertebrate animals, the proposal form must include the Texas State IACUC approval code. It is recommended that the thesis proposal form be submitted to the dean of The Graduate College by the end of the student’s enrollment in 5399A. Failure to submit the thesis proposal in a timely fashion may result in delayed graduation.

Thesis Committee

The thesis committee must be composed of a minimum of three approved graduate faculty members.

Thesis Enrollment and Credit

The completion of a minimum of six hours of thesis enrollment is required. For a student's initial thesis course enrollment, the student will need to register for thesis course number 5399A.  After that, the student will enroll in thesis B courses, in each subsequent semester until the thesis is defended with the department and approved by The Graduate College. Preliminary discussions regarding the selection of a topic and assignment to a research supervisor will not require enrollment for the thesis course.

Students must be enrolled in thesis credits if they are receiving supervision and/or are using university resources related to their thesis work.  The number of thesis credit hours students enroll in must reflect the amount of work being done on the thesis that semester.  It is the responsibility of the committee chair to ensure that students are making adequate progress toward their degree throughout the thesis process.  Failure to register for the thesis course during a term in which supervision is received may result in postponement of graduation. After initial enrollment in 5399A, the student will continue to enroll in a thesis B course as long as it takes to complete the thesis. Thesis projects are by definition original and individualized projects.  As such, depending on the topic, methodology, and other factors, some projects may take longer than others to complete.  If the thesis requires work beyond the minimum number of thesis credits needed for the degree, the student may enroll in additional thesis credits at the committee chair's discretion. In the rare case when a student has not previously enrolled in thesis and plans to work on and complete the thesis in one term, the student will enroll in both 5399A and 5399B.

The only grades assigned for thesis courses are PR (progress), CR (credit), W (withdrew), and F (failing). If acceptable progress is not being made in a thesis course, the instructor may issue a grade of F. If the student is making acceptable progress, a grade of PR is assigned until the thesis is completed. The minimum number of hours of thesis credit (“CR”) will be awarded only after the thesis has been both approved by The Graduate College and released to Alkek Library.

A student who has selected the thesis option must be registered for the thesis course during the term or Summer I (during the summer, the thesis course runs ten weeks for both sessions) in which the degree will be conferred.

Thesis Deadlines and Approval Process

Thesis deadlines are posted on The Graduate College website under "Current Students." The completed thesis must be submitted to the chair of the thesis committee on or before the deadlines listed on The Graduate College website.

The following must be submitted to The Graduate College by the thesis deadline listed on The Graduate College website:

  1. The Thesis Submission Approval Form bearing original (wet) and/or electronic signatures of the student and all committee members.
  2. One (1) PDF of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, uploaded in the online Vireo submission system.  

After the dean of The Graduate College approves the thesis, Alkek Library will harvest the document from the Vireo submission system for publishing in the Digital Collections database (according to the student's embargo selection). NOTE: MFA Creative Writing theses will have a permanent embargo and will never be published to Digital Collections. 

While original (wet) signatures are preferred, there may be situations as determined by the chair of the committee in which obtaining original signatures is inefficient or has the potential to delay the student's progress. In those situations, the following methods of signing are acceptable:

  • signing and faxing the form
  • signing, scanning, and emailing the form
  • notifying the department in an email from their university's or institution's email account that the committee chair can sign the form on their behalf
  • electronically signing the form using the university's licensed signature platform.

If this process results in more than one document with signatures, all documents need to be submitted to The Graduate College together.

No copies are required to be submitted to Alkek Library. However, the library will bind copies submitted that the student wants bound for personal use. Personal copies are not required to be printed on archival quality paper. The student will take the personal copies to Alkek Library and pay the binding fee for personal copies.

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