Program structure

The Master of Arts in International Studies is a twelve-months* program to be completed over three semesters. Students complete a minimum of 30 units.  There are two options for degree completion:

  • two extended essays (8,000 words each, defence and submission to the library not required)
  • thesis (14,000-16,000 words, defence and submission to the library required)

Sample timeline for MAIS program

Extended Essays Track

Fall

Spring

Summer

Fall
  • IS 830-4 Analytic Approaches for International Studies
  • IS 801-4 Institutions, Policies and Development
  • elective course
  • IS 800-4 Problems of International Policy and Practice
  • IS 806-4 State Failure and Reconstruction: Comparative Perspectives
  • elective course
  • Co-op placement OR IS 880-6 MA Extended Essays
  • IS 880-6 MA Extended Essays (if not completed in Summer)

Thesis Track

Fall

Spring

Summer

Fall

  • IS 830-4 Analytic Approaches for International Studies
  • IS 801-4 Institutions, Policies and Development
  • elective course
  • IS 800-4 Problems of International Policy and Practice
  • IS 806-4 State Failure and Reconstruction: 
    Comparative Perspectives
  • IS 886-2 Thesis Prospectus
  • co-op placement OR research and IS 898-8 MA Thesis
  • IS 898-8 MA Thesis

* For those choosing the thesis option, completion of the program typically requires a minimum of four terms of study.

While students are encouraged to pursue a co-operative education placement, a self-directed internship placement or fieldwork research in the summer term, this is not mandatory.