About this Program

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

  • 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

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Arts
Delivery Modes


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Alumni Careers

International Student Offices in Colleges/Universities
Government Contractors
International Aid Agencies


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.

  • Must have Master’s degree;

  • 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.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

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Associate Professor & Director of International Studies Programs

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