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International Studies (M.A.)

The M.A. in International Studies is a highly customizable and interdisciplinary degree. The Graduate Program in International Studies (GPIS) offers advanced research opportunities and training in global problems and transnational issues. Students may choose from one of several concentrations to focus their studies: U.S. foreign policy and international relations, conflict and cooperation, international political economy and development, interdependence and transnationalism, and comparative and regional studies, modeling and simulation, and cultural studies.

International Studies (M.A.)


Description


What is International Studies at ODU like?

The M.A. in International Studies is a highly customizable and interdisciplinary degree. The Graduate Program in International Studies (GPIS) offers advanced research opportunities and training in global problems and transnational issues. Students may choose from one of several concentrations to focus their studies: U.S. foreign policy and international relations, conflict and cooperation, international political economy and development, interdependence and transnationalism, and comparative and regional studies, modeling and simulation, and cultural studies.

Program Highlights


What makes International Studies at ODU unique?

  • Wide range of courses on global issues

  • Individual mentoring

  • Emphasis on professional development

  • Curriculum permits earning a GPIS certificate as part of the master’s degree

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Alumni have gone on to work in foreign policy and security contracting, international aid and development, and as Foreign Service officers.

Wondering what you can do with a degree from ODU's this program? Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Intelligence Analysts

$83,320

MEDIAN SALARY


Gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.

Political Scientists

$112,030

MEDIAN SALARY


Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

International student offices for colleges/universities, the FBI, the CIA, government contractors, international aid agencies.

Courses


What are some courses offered in International Studies at ODU?

ECON 650:
International Economics


An analysis of international trade theory, commercial policy, foreign exchange markets, open economy macroeconomics, and balance of payments. The course provides the theoretical basis to understand contemporary international economic issues. |Credit may not be applied toward the M.A. in economics.)

IS 606:
American Foreign Policy and World Order


NON-GPIS STUDENTS MUST RECEIVE PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.

IS 655:
International History


Course explores how different societies in the 20th century were shaped by similar practices, ideas, and pressures. Course themes may include colonialism, the global history of World War II, the cold war ethnic distortion and the consumer revolution among others.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for International Studies at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Arts program in International Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Any prior graduate course work taken at ODU (e.g., in nondegree status) or at another institution can be counted toward the M.A.degree only in accordance with the provisions governing transfer of credit and the director’s approval.

  • All candidates for admission into the M.A. must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores;

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate or prior graduate course work submitted directly by all universities attended;

  • Two letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s capacity to undertake graduate work in international/global issues;

  • An essay of not more than 500 words describing interest in and capacity for advanced training in global/transnational issues; and

  • One example of writing or research (a paper submitted to a seminar, a publication or report, or another comparable example).

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Associate Professor & Director of International Studies Programs


Name:

Regina Karp


Location:

7047 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5702


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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