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International Studies Graduate Schools with Program Information

International studies is focused on the public policies surrounding the culture, communication and economic issues of foreign countries. It is a popular area of study among business and law students; graduate students generally earn a Master of Arts in International Studies.

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When selecting an international studies graduate school, students have many options to choose from. Many schools offer master's degrees, while some also offer doctoral programs.

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This table outlines the types of degrees available at schools offering graduate programs in international studies, as well as recent tuition costs.

College/University Location Institution Type Graduate Degrees Offered* Tuition (2015-16)**
Harvard University Cambridge, MA Private 4-year Master's $41,832
Stanford University Stanford, CA Private 4-year Master's $45,729
Princeton University Princeton, NJ Private 4-year Master's $43,450
Columbia University New York, NY Private 4-year Master's $42,280
University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA Public 4-year Master's, Doctoral $11,220 (In-State)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI Public 4-year Master's, Doctoral $20,638 (In-State)
New York University New York, NY Private 4-year Master's $38,592
Ohio State University Columbus, OH Public 4-year Master's $11,560 (In-State)
Yale University New Haven, CT Private 4-year Master's $38,700
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI Public 4-year Master's $10,728 (In-State)

Source: *School website, **National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

At some schools, international studies may also be known as global studies or international politics. Further considerations for students in this field include the following:

  • Students should weigh their program options. Most international studies graduate schools provide one (or more) of three program options, which may include offering international studies as a degree concentration in a business administration graduate degree program, as a degree concentration coupled with a law degree, or by itself as a master's degree.
  • Consider schools that have part-time, full-time, and online attendance options.
  • Programs should provide experience in international field research.
  • Research schools should be affiliated with global companies and professional organizations.

Program Information

Students may take courses that are deeply rooted in political science, history, and economics, exploring topics such as international finance, foreign policy and globalization. Some schools also allow students to complete courses abroad in international territory while participating in required field research. The amount of time it takes to obtain a degree in this field varies depending on whether or not it was obtained in conjunction with degrees in other fields such as law or business.

International studies, sometimes also known as global studies or international policies, can be studied at the master's and doctoral levels, depending on the institution. Courses typically include foreign policy, economics, and international finance.

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