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The Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) is designed for two kinds of students. First, students concurrently pursuing another graduate degree in one of six professional schools at the University: the Foster School of Business Administration, the School of Forest Resources, the School of Law, the School of Marine Affairs, the Evans School of Public Affairs, and the School of Public Health. Second, students enter the program after already having gained professional experience or education. All graduate students participate in a year-long core series dealing with a broad framework for the study of international issues and institutions. In addition, students take a two-course practicum series, and concentrate in two of the following three supplemental foci: regional, professional, or special topics. The graduate program requires proficiency in a modern foreign language.
The International Studies faculty is actively engaged in searches for new cross-regional approaches and transdisciplinary methods that are neither part of the existing academic disciplines nor simple composites of several disciplinary approaches. We have funded centers that study ethnic conflict, foreign policy and security issues, and research projects on state-society relations and how empires end. We also work with many other departments and area studies programs on campus.
- Sara Curran, Chair
Applicants must meet basic Graduate School requirements, which include a 3.00 GPA or better in their last 90 quarter (60 semester) graded credits, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and submission of test results from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The GMAT is acceptable only for applicants who are concurrently applying to the Business School. The Law School Admissions Test is acceptable for applicants who are applying to the School of Law. Applicants also must meet all application requirements and deadlines set by the Jackson School and described in its application guidelines. Meeting minimum standards, however, does not ensure admission.
Prior foreign language study and preparation in intermediate-level macroeconomics and micro-economics is highly recommended for all applicants. Those applying concurrently to a professional program must be first be accepted by the professional school. For non-current applicants, preference is given to those who have a professional interest, or previous professional experience or education.
All students must complete at least 39 credits in addition to fulfilling the language requirement. Those enrolled concurrently with one of the above mentioned professional schools must meet the requirements of both the professional school and those of the International Studies program; however some course work is counted for both degrees.
Students must reach a proficiency equivalent to the completion of two years of college level work in a modern foreign language. For Chinese and Japanese the requirement is three years.
The core courses are: JSIS 500/Origins of Global Systems; JSIS 501/Comparative International Studies; JSIS 511/Research Design and Methods for International Studies (5 credits each). An intermediate-level economics course (3 credits) and a statistics course for the social sciences are also required of those who have no background or training in economics.
Students must complete at least 18 credits in two of the following three foci (3 courses per focus):
Final Papers and Oral Exam
At the end of the course of study each student must pass an oral examination based on two research papers, a thesis, or a Task Force report. The M.A. examining committee will be composed of faculty members representing the foci the student has chosen.
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