M.A. in International Studies
Students in the Master of Arts program in International Studies may pursue a general program or a concentration in European Studies or Latin American Studies. Students in the general program are expected to develop individualized concentrations, such as development studies, human rights, or a traditional academic discipline.
The master’s degree program is available in two plans: Plan A requires a minimum of 21 credits of course work plus a thesis; Plan B requires 30 credits of course work plus a Plan B paper. Course work must be distributed over three academic disciplines. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a second language adequate both for conversation and research.
Information regarding the general Master’s program in International Studies as well as the European Studies Concentration may be obtained from Dr. Elizabeth Mahan, (860) 486-2908.
Information regarding the Master’s concentration in Latin American Studies may be obtained from Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, (860) 486-4964.
Dual and Concurrent M.A. Degrees
M.A. in International Studies and M.B.A. The dual M.A. and M.B.A. degree program consists of 72 credits of course work distributed between International Studies and Business Administration. The M.B.A. portion of the program consists of 42 credits in business, plus 15 credits of electives. The M.A. portion of the program comprises 30 credits of course work, of which 15 credits count as electives in the M.B.A. portion.
When completing the application form, applicants to the dual M.A. in International Studies and M.B.A. must indicate clearly as Degree Sought that pursuit of the “Dual M.A. in International Studies and M.B.A. Program” is intended. Applicants must submit the both the School of Business application form and the general Graduate Application, although only one application fee must be paid. Applicants are expected to provide three letters of recommendation and scores from both the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
For information about the M.B.A. program, visit the M.B.A. website.
M.A. in International Studies and Master of Public Administration. This concurrent degree program is appropriate for students who wish to combine the Master of Public Administration theory and skill-based courses relevant to a career in public service with in-depth knowledge of International Studies or one of the area studies concentrations. Students wishing to earn the M.A./M.P.A. must apply and be admitted to both graduate programs, and, once accepted, meet all the requirements of each program. The M.A./M.P.A. requires a minimum of 48 graduate credits. To satisfy the requirements of the M.A. degree in International Studies, students complete a minimum of 30 credits, 12 credits of which may be earned in M.P.A. courses. The M.P.A. portion of the degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of M.P.A. courses, including a 12-credit hour concentration in an international or area studies field. For information and an application to the M.P.A. program, visit the M.P.A. website.
M.A. in International Studies and Master of Survey Research. This concurrent degree program is appropriate for students who wish to combine the Master of Survey Research theory and skill-based courses with in-depth knowledge of International Studies or one of the area studies concentrations: African Studies, European Studies, or Latin American Studies. Students wishing to earn the M.A/M.S.R. must apply and be admitted to both graduate programs, and, once accepted, meet all the requirements of each program. The M.A./M.S.R. requires a minimum of 48 graduate credits. To satisfy the requirements of the M.A. degree in International Studies or one of the area studies concentrations, students complete a minimum of 30 credits, 6 credits of which may be earned in Survey Research courses. The M.S.R. portion of the degree requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of courses. Visit the M.S.R. program website for more information.
Application materials can be downloaded from the Graduate School website. Scores from the General Test of Graduate Record Examination, a personal statement, official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions, and three letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals familiar with your academic work and potential for graduate study, are required for admission. All application materials should be compiled and submitted, preferably through the online application system. Applicants wishing to submit their materials in hard copy should compile them into a single package and mail them to University of Connecticut, Graduate Admissions, 438 Whitney Road Ext. Unit 1006, Storrs, CT 06269-1152. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in accordance with Graduate School guidelines. Applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid must submit their complete applications by February 15.
Financial aid includes a small number of Graduate Assistantships and University of Connecticut Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in varying amounts. Students wishing to be considered for financial aid should so indicate on the application form. Information about other financial aid options is also available on the Financial Aid website.
The Office of Global Programs and the area studies programs sponsor an array of co-curricular events and outreach activities. The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center houses major archival and special research collections, notably the Nürnberg Trials archive, the papers of the African National Congress and the Hispanic Culture and History Collection. The Latin American Survey Data Bank, in the Roper Center for Public Opinion and Research, offers historical and current national-level surveys from throughout the region.
Last modified: 4/2/2012