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International Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #751 (QS) , FL,
The MA program in International Studies from Florida International University is designed to prepare students for careers in government, the private sector, or international agencies, or for doctoral studies.


The College of Arts and Sciences offers certificate programs in African-New World Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Transnational and Regional Studies, among other. The graduate program encourages its MA students to pursue regional certification in conjunction with their work in the MA program in International Studies from Florida International University.


New students should meet with the Graduate Program Director at the beginning of the semester of matriculation to plan their programs of study. The Department also conducts a graduate student orientation early in the Fall, and all students should attend this orientation at least once, ordinarily at the beginning of their first semester in the program. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Space, Place and Identity
  • Political Economy of International Relations
  • Contemporary Dynamics of International Relations
  • Research Design in International Relations
  • Approaches to Area Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Non-refundable application fee (currently $30.00)
  • Official transcripts of all university coursework 
  • Official copy of the GRE scores 
  • Official copy of the TOEFL
  • Unofficial photocopies of all of the above documents 
  • Letters of recommendation from university teachers and professors who have knowledge of the applicant's academic qualifications.
  • A personal statement of approximately 3 pages, double-spaced, explaining the candidate's interest in pursuing a graduate degree and describing the expected focus of the candidate's graduate research. 
  • The Department’s supplemental application form (available from the PIR website)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1002 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1002 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    456 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 456 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for West Miami

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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