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.
Wide range of courses on global issues
Emphasis on professional development
Curriculum permits earning a GPIS certificate as part of the master’s degree
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.
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.
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).
Estimated rates for the 2023-24 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.
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