Master of Arts in Global and International Studies

Master of Arts in Global and International Studies

The M.A. in GIST provides an analytically sophisticated understanding of the contemporary global arena and cultivates the skills and knowledge to operate in a world where traditional boundaries are disappearing. Through the 33-credit hour program, students develop a specialization in a world region and can pursue interests in global politics, society, and culture across a broad range of courses in the humanities and social sciences.

Students in Global and International Studies have access to courses by top-notch research faculty across a wide variety of relevant disciplines at KU’s main campus in Lawrence. Besides access to quality instruction and content, our students have access to the amazing international resources that put KU on the top shelf for international education —a nationally-ranked Study Abroad Program, instruction in 40 foreign languages, and local, national, and international internship opportunities.

"Traditional" Master's Track

The self-tailoring and interdisciplinary field of Global and International Studies prepares graduate students with marketable skills (such as professional certification opportunities and research and writing skills) and the knowledge to deal with contemporary global issues. This is critical in our contemporary world in which both problems and opportunities increasingly transcend national boundaries.

KU's Master of Arts in Global and International Studies is designed for those who seek a better understanding of international issues that shape public policy and the global economy and who want to have an impact in these areas.

Interagency Studies Track

The Interagency track of the Master’s degree program in Global and International Studies is a one-year program designed exclusively for military personnel pursuing their Intermediate Level Education (ILE) program at the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Ft. Leavenworth.

The objective of the Interagency Studies Program (ISP), is to prepare military officers for working in interagency environments by expanding their abilities to conceptualize and address issues beyond their military training. The program offers coursework from multiple disciplines with an array of theoretical frameworks. 

KU courses are held primarily at the KU Ft. Leavenworth campus, along with courses at the Command General Staff College and at the KU Lawrence campus. Classes are primarily offered in the evening and run the length of the academic year - three courses August-December, three courses January-April, and two courses May-June.