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International Studies

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Dennis Dunn
Derrick Hall, Room 101

Advisor Support
Dr. Paul Hart
Derrick Hall, Room 101

Advisor Support
Jeremy Pena
Derrick Hall, Room 101

Center for International Studies
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Through interdisciplinary education in research, analysis, technology, communication and business, the program prepares graduates to play crucial roles in the comprehension, development and management of intercultural exchanges and globalization. The Center for International Studies supports “hands-on” learning through internships, service programs, study abroad, student presentations at research conferences, research-focused seminars and publishable theses.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 30 Thesis No minor
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis No minor

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 15 February 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work: at least six hours in introductory economics courses (can be taken prior to starting the program or concurrently with first-year courses)
  • proficiency in the speaking, reading, and oral comprehension of a modern language other than English as demonstrated by the following:
    • grade of B or better in modern language course work beyond the second year that was taken within the last three years at an accredited college, university, or language institute. Read additional information about this requirement.
    • examination for proficiency levels in reading, speaking, and listening that would place you beyond the second year of language courses
    • recent foreign living experience of at least six continuous months in a single non-English-speaking culture outside the U.S.

  If your last-60-hours GPA falls within 2.8–2.99, official GRE scores are required. Read additional information below.

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (2–5 pages) describing the following:
    • why you are considering the international studies program
    • how it fits into a process of professional development
    • what you hope to accomplish by enrolling in the program
  • two letters of recommendation from professors

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

If you do not meet the scores above, you may qualify for English-based conditional admission if you meet the minimum scores below:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 59 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 5.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 5.5

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.

Additional Information

  GPA and GRE Requirement
If your last-60-hours GPA falls within 2.8–2.99, official GRE scores with a preferred minimum of 156 in the verbal section will be required in order to be considered for conditional admission*. Our office will notify you via email should this occur.

*Conditional admission is not available to applicants who require "F" or "J" visas.

  Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement
If the last language course was taken more than three years before the date of admission, and there has been no significant involvement in the language in the interim, you may be asked to take a refresher course(s) in the language.