The curriculum for the MS in International Studies is designed to prepare candidates to cope with the international responsibilities that confront individuals working in the public and private sectors around the world. The program is multidisciplinary and provides students with a thorough understanding of theory, history, world politics and culture. Program instruction comes from the worlds of academia, business, government, and international affairs. Candidates for the IS Master's degree are required to complete 33 semester hours of course work. The program is designed to allow a student to complete all requirements in three semesters. Those requirements include core courses, focus area courses, electives, and foreign language proficiency. A thesis or creative component is required. The Certificate in International Studies is a 15 credit hour program. Candidates take three core courses and two from a focus area they select.
Areas of Focus:
Candidates choose a minimum of nine credit hours in one of the following areas:
Culture Heritage and Tourism Development
Students in this focus area explore the ideas, philosophies and religions of the world's cultures through their monuments of art, architecture, literature, music and theater. Students can focus on cultural heritage for its own sake or use their knowledge to develop international tourism as a source of economic development. Depending on their interests, students may select courses in cultural history, historical preservation, and travel and tourism policy and management. Students prepare for careers in world cultural and heritage projects, museum and architectural site management, tourism development, and education.
International Trade and Development
Students completing this focus area will select courses that help them understand the interactions of trade policy, macroeconomic policy, political structures, and social systems on economic development and international trade. Students prepare to enter careers in government, public service, institutional development, consulting, trade development, policy analysis, and economic development programs.
International Business and Economic Relations
Students completing this focus area will select courses that help them understand business dynamics and managerial decision making within the international business environment. Students prepare for careers in marketing, management, or finance in companies with import/export activity or involvement with foreign ventures.
International Human Relations, Society and Education
Students completing this focus area will select courses that will help them understand humanitarian and social issues in diverse cultural settings. Depending on their interests, students may select courses that address: human rights, nutritional problems, health care, housing and clothing; or, human capital development, educational needs, and occupational training. Students completing this area prepare for careers in international service agencies, humanitarian groups, educational and research institutions, and consulting firms.
Preservation of Cultural and Ecological Resources
This focus area teaches students how to plan and manage environmental and ecological resources for both global preservation of natural resources and eco-tourism. Depending on their interests, students may select courses in the areas of remote sensing, environmental economics, ecological planning, environmental law and policy, NGO development, landscape architecture, as well as tourism policy and promotion. Students prepare for careers in preservation management, national park planning and maintenance and eco-tourism site development.
To be admitted to the International Studies (IS) program, an applicant must first be admitted to the OSU Graduate College. As a result, two application forms are required - one for the OSU Graduate College and one for the IS Program. Qualified graduates of colleges and universities of recognized standards are eligible to seek admission to the OSU Graduate College.
Admission to any graduate degree program at OSU is granted by the Dean of the Graduate College upon recommendation of the department of proposed study. Applicants must submit the completed application packet to the Graduate College with two official transcripts from all institutions previously attended along with a $40 non-refundable application fee ($75 for international applicants). International applicants should also supply the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 79 (internet based TOEFL) or 550 (paper based TOEFL) is required for admission to the IS Program. Alternatively, an official IELTS academic stream examination with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 will satisfy the English proficiency requirements for admission to a graduate program. Either examination must have been taken within the last two years. The application deadlines are March 1 (Fall) and October 1 (Spring).
To assure adequate time, application forms, transcripts and the application fee should be received by the Graduate College at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Dean of the Graduate College will not grant admission until all admissions materials have been received, and the appropriate department has made a recommendation.
In addition to the application to the OSU Graduate College, applicants to the IS Program will complete the OSU Master of Science or Certificate in International Studies Program Application form. This form asks for information regarding your personal history, academic preparation and work experience. It also requests a one-page statement of goals and objectives. Each applicant will also ask that three individuals make recommendation for their admission to the IS Program using the Oklahoma State University Master of Science in International Studies Recommendation Form.
Oklahoma State University has several options in helping students fund their education such as scholarships, grants, loans, assistantships and part-time jobs. For more information see http://www.okstate.edu/finaid/. Many of the financial aid programs require successful completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. As such, all domestic students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA forms annually and submit materials to the processing center as soon after January as possible to receive aid for the subsequent academic year. You can access the form online at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/fsa/index.html.
Graduate Faculty List
SIS has over 150 faculty from seven participating colleges:
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
College of Arts and Sciences
William S. Spears School of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
College of Human Sciences