Why do an MA in Global and International Studies at KU?

Are you interested in public and/or civil service? . . . How about a professional career with an international component? . . . What about an MA that could be a springboard and preparation for a PhD? . . .

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.

According to the Committee for Economic Development, "U.S. businesses are concerned with developing the workforce they need for the United States economy to retain its position as the global leader. Foreign language skills, knowledge of other world regions and cultures, and overseas experience all contribute to creating the employee who has the cross-cultural competence needed by American businesses in the twenty-first century."

KU's Master of Arts in Global and International Studies is designed for both working professionals and recent graduates 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.

Why KU? The high quality MA in Global and International Studies (GIST) can be taken from both the Lawrence Campus or the Edwards Campus (in Overland Park, located at Quivira and 127th Street, just south of I-435). The program’s three required courses and the Thesis Writing course (GIST 898) are offered annually at Edwards in addition to a variety of electives and graduate certificate possibilities. As a result, the program is a great option for working adults in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Edwards Campus courses meet one night per week in the early evening to help students balance their competing demands. MA Students in the GIST program who are residents of Cass, Clay, Jackson, or Platte County in Missouri qualify for the MetroKC Tuition Program and pay Kansas resident rates for courses taken at the Edwards Campus.

Beyond the offerings at Edwards, students in Global and International Studies have access to courses across the 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.

What do KU graduates with an MA in GIST do? Over the last few years, we have seen our graduates plugged in to many different occupations, spanning:

  • Non-profit NGOs: We have graduates that have titles such as the "Executive Director" of the International Relations Council of Kansas City, the "Regional Project Manager" at Unbound, and the "Director of Global Project Chapters" at People to People International
  • Business professionals: For example, one of our graduates is the "Global Business Manager" at John Deere, and another is the "Director of Business Development and Marketing" at Building Control Solutions,
  • Higher Education: Some of our students have titles, such as "Student Services Advisor" at KU Shorelight, or the "Academic Advisor and Degree in 3 Coordinator" at KU Edwards, or "Program Manager" in the Applied English Center, or "Coordinator of Accelerating Opportunity" at Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Security and Military Research: "Associate Editor of PRISM," a journal for the Center for Complex Operations; another one of our graduates is an instructor at Westpoint
  • Graduate school: we have graduate students seeking PhDs in a variety of fields, including Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, American Studies, and Educational Technology . . .

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