International Studies, MS

Central to Embracing a Global Future.

Central’s MS in International Studies gives you the foundation for a career in the global marketplace of government, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, and industry. Learn about the complexities that shape a region and develop the analytical and practical skills to address international issues. Focus your studies on a key area of the world including Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and one of four global themes.

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August
  • 30-credit program
  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Holistic, interdisciplinary approach
  • Access to (separate) undergraduate language courses
  • Opportunity to study abroad
  • Scholarship opportunities available
  • Financial aid is available
  • No GMAT/GRE required

Program Options

  • Africa
  • East Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East

  • Communication & Diversity
  • Energy, Resources, & Environment
  • Population, Mobility, & Development
  • Governance, Security, & Human Rights

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Paul Petterson
Political Science
International Studies
Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall

Our faculty are dedicated to providing our students with the personal guidance and educational opportunities that will enable them to pursue careers in all areas of global affairs. We want them to succeed in both the classroom and on their career pathway, with both skills and insight to live and work in an internationally oriented future.

Paul Petterson
PhD, Program Director

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the intersections of histories, institutions, values, and norms in specific cultures.
  2. Analyze contemporary issues from the perspectives of other cultural traditions.
  3. Explain and apply theories in international studies, at a professional disciplinary level, to interpret current global issues.
  4. Defend detailed views on international cultures or issues in a well-reasoned and researched master’s thesis or special project.