International Studies

University of San Francisco

24 months
1480 USD/credit
1480 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts in International Studies offered by University of San Francisco provides students with in-depth, interdisciplinary knowledge of the issues and challenges that face the global community. 


The International Studies degree at University of San Francisco focuses on development and the environment, political and economic aspects of globalization, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, and international law and organizations.

Graduates with International Studies from University of San Francisco will be able to:

  • Understand the major structural, cultural, and relational shifts that have emerged in response to globalization from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, with a special emphasis on non-state actors.
  • Identify key organizations, institutions, and global and regional norms and how they interact with sub-state forces to shape policy, advocacy, and social movements.
  • Develop an understanding of the diverse aspects of global civil society and the political, economic, legal, environmental, social and cultural forces that are shaping contemporary global issues through the local-global connection.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically engage categories of cultural difference and diversity and evaluate their influence on contemporary phenomenon.
  • Utilize mixed research methodologies, an interdisciplinary perspective, and community engagement skills to analyze key issues in international studies.


Our students graduate with the skills needed for a variety of careers, including international and governmental affairs, advocacy work, policy and project development, foreign service, international non-governmental organizations, international development, and further graduate study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Social Theory in Global Perspective
  • Culture, Power, and Social Movements 
  • Governance and Global Justice 
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Justice 
  • Advocacy Skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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34 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Certification of Finances
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Transcript (Academic Record) from each university or college attended
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1480 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1480 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1480 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1480 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.



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