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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.

The international studies program prepares students for work and leadership in an interdependent world.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Paul Hart
Derrick Hall (DERR), Room 101

Advisor Support
Victoria Elizondo
Derrick Hall (DERR), Room 101

“My time at the international studies graduate program at Texas State allowed me to develop the tools and the mindset to feel comfortable in the interdependent world we live in. My cultural awareness was ignited, and today I feel like a true global citizen ready to interact at the highest levels of the international economic, governmental and business spheres.”

— Pablo Gomez, M.A. ’18

Course Work

The M.A. in international studies offers thesis and non-thesis options, with core courses in area studies and electives in multiple disciplines tailored to student academic and career interests.

The 30-hour thesis option offers the opportunity for in-depth research and writing with an eye to publication in the following disciplines: geography, history, political science, sociology, and Spanish.

The 36-hour non-thesis option offers an internship that provides the opportunity for practical experience related to the student’s preferred career field. It requires a research or working paper focused on the work done and the pressing issues in the area studied.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. 30 Thesis No minor
M.A. 36 Non-Thesis No minor
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International studies students have the opportunity to gain practical experience through internships and fellowships. Students pursue careers in the private sector, government, non-governmental organizations, and academia.

Program Mission

The Center for International Studies is dedicated to educating students to excel in an increasingly interconnected world. The Center provides flexible degree programs, individualized academic advising, top faculty from multiple departments, student-faculty collaboration in research, study abroad programs, and exchanges with universities and agencies abroad for international internships and study.

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Program Faculty

The program draws on the expertise of top faculty from across the university. Center-affiliated faculty teach international or comparative courses, lead study abroad programs, pursue research and publication in international topics, and have interests ranging from international security, law, ethics, and business, to immigration, history, comparative politics, and economic development.

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Career Options

A degree in international studies positions students to work in diverse fields including: the private sector, especially fields in international business, law, health, and hospitality; government and intergovernmental organizations; NGOs; and academia. This multidisciplinary degree presents a wide range of opportunities with careers spanning the globe. A degree in international studies allows students to become marketable and competitive in the global marketplace.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
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, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding, including returned Peace Corps Volunteers applying for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee(s)

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Returned Peace Corps Volunteers applying for the Coverdell Fellowship should upload their official Peace Corps description of service to waive the application fee(s).

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each 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 (general test only) scores are required. Read additional information below.

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

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  • 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
  • three letters of recommendation from professors

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  Returned Peace Corps Volunteers applying for the Coverdell Fellowship should submit the following:

  • official Peace Corps description of service
  • resume/CV listing Peace Corps Service
  • 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
    • Peace Corps service
  • three letters of recommendation from professors

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

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Additional Information

  GPA and GRE Requirement
If the last 60 hours of your GPA falls within 2.8–2.99, the official GRE (general test only) with competitive scores 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.