Program Structure

The Master of Arts in International Studies is a twelve-months* program to be completed over three semesters.  In addition, students can earn an optional regional concentration by completing two courses and writing their thesis or extended essays on their region of expertise.  The available concentrations are Latin American Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.

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

  • 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

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.

Important Information and Resources for Degree Completion