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  1. Why choose KU for my Global and International Studies graduate degree? The degree offers a broad, integrative approach for students students to gain a deep understanding of a global and international issues and to explore the history and context of conflicts that cross national borders and affect the work of governments, corporations, and interagency communication. Our students develop a significant awareness of the opportunities and challenges faced by entities connected to the international arena. The objective of the Interagency Studies Program, or ISP, is to prepare military officers for working in interagency environments by expanding their abilities to conceptualize and address issue beyond their military training. The program offers coursework from multiple disciplines with an array of theoretical frameworks. The curriculum focuses on various transnational processes that affect states and societies around the world, such as migration, the global economy, religious, national and social movements, as well as environmental degradation. The culmination of the program is a final paper which will include a review of the scholarly literature (the state of the field) on the issue, your research contribution to the current discussion on the topic or issue, your substantiated argument, and a conclusion​. 
  2. What can I do with an M.A. in Global and International Studies? The degree allows students to gain a deep understanding of a world region of interest and to explore the history and context of issues that cross national borders and affect the work of governments, corporations, and service organizations. Our students develop a significant awareness of the opportunities and challenges faced by any entity connected to the international arena. As a result, a master's degree in international studies, together with relevant work experience and language training, can be a valuable asset for military officers.
  3. How long will it take for an application to be reviewed? Application review turnaround times generally take place within a few weeks. We recommend students apply as early as possible once they receive their CGSC orders. Since the program operates as a cohort model, classes start at the beginning of August and run through the end of June each year. 
  4. Where are classes taught? The GIST ISP degree draws from KU faculty, however, all ISP classes are currently taught on-location in Ft. Leavenworth. Orientation, final defenses, and graduation will be held at the Lawrence campus. 
  5. Are the courses offered online? No, all ISP courses are offered in-person. PDF examples of course syllabi are as follows: Understanding Islamic Law, Innovation and Organizational Change 
  6. What is the cost of the program? Please see an example of a tuition cost worksheet here. Total costs can be estimated by using KU's Tuition and Fee Schedule (students are charged Kansas resident tuition), along with additional campus fees.  ​
  7. How do I apply for Army Tuition Assistance? Students must enroll in classes and then submit their schedule with charges due each semester to be eligible for tuition assistance. Please see our PDF on Tuition Assistance. Teresa Riggins at Ft. Leavenworth assists students with their TA requests. Due dates for TA change each semester, and must be submitted within 30 days of the beginning of the class. 
  8. Is there an orientation? Yes, there is an in-person orientation in July for newly admitted students. The orientation covers enrollment information, tuition assistance, available resources, immunization requirements, and information on submitting current orders. 

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