»Master of Arts in International Studies

In today’s global environment, expertise in international affairs is essential to understanding the contemporary world. The Master of Arts in International Studies is a two-year, full-time, interdisciplinary course of study designed to train students seeking global careers with the U.S. Foreign Service, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the United Nations (UN), or businesses. Students have the option of choosing an emphasis in Latin America or Political Economy and Sustainable Development.

Course Study:
This is a cohort degree program. Students must complete 45 credits of academic work, demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to having completed two courses in the language at the 300 level, complete a 240 hour international internship, and successfully complete a master's thesis.

Internships:
All students complete an international internship between their first and second years of study. These internships immerse students in culture and real-world work overseas, providing them with language and professional skills in the field to which they aspire. For example, past students who hoped to pursue a career in the NGO arena participated in international internships with Global Vision International, the Foundation for Sustainable Development and others.

Full requirements for the Master of Arts in International Studies Degree

Admission to the Program and Prerequisites

Admissions Brochure

  • The priority deadline for Fall 2014 admission into the M.A. in International Studies program is June 1, 2014. To be considered for fellowship awards, applications and all supporting documents must be received by December 15, 2013. To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:
  • Application to the Master of Arts in International Studies program
  • Official degree-granting transcripts from all undergraduate and postgraduate degree granting institutions attended.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. Suggested minimum scores are Verbal: 154; Quantitative:147; Analytical Writing: 4.0.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from an academic source, which describes your professional and academic abilities
  • A 1,000-word essay addressing your background and interest in the field of international studies
  • Resume

If you would like to set up a visit to Chapman University to meet the director of the M.A. International Studies Program or sit in on a class, please contact Allison Tritch at tritch@chapman.edu.

Financing Your Education

MAIS Student

Chapman is an exceptional education value. Explore Chapman's generous fellowships, scholarship and loan programs to help you get started today. Please contact a financial aid advisor regarding the financial aid opportunities available to you.

Fellowships are available though the Master of Arts in International Studies Program on a need and merit basis.

Financial Aid Office: 714.997.6741,
finaid@chapman.edu,
Financial Aid Website


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Contact Us

Lynn Horton, Ph.D.
Director, M.A. in International Studies

Allison Tritch
Development, Graduate, and Interdisciplinary Programs Coordinator
(714) 997-6752
tritch@chapman.edu
mais@chapman.edu

For additional admission information, please contact:
Office of Graduate Admission
888-CU-APPLY / (714) 997-6711
gradadmit@chapman.edu
www.chapman.edu/gradadmission

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