Master’s Accelerator

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.

Graduates with an MA in Global and International Studies often move on to:

  • Non-profit non-governmental organizations
  • International businesses
  • Higher education institutions
  • Security and military research firms
  • Graduate school to get their PhD

Accelerator Admission Details

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
GPA 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 (no part score below 6.0) 6.0 (no part score below 5.5)
TOEFL IBT 84 (no part score below 23 except speaking) 70 (no part score below 19 except speaking)
GRE Required Yes No
Program Start Date Spring or Fall Spring or Fall

Qualifying undergraduate degrees:

Preference for social science or humanities background, but all four-year bachelor’s degrees considered.

Sample MAP Coursework

  • Approaches to International Studies (closed course)
  • Students will choose from a list of Area Studies courses for the program in which they wish to study

Progression Details

Once students successfully complete their MAP curriculum and meet the progression requirements for their degree, students progress into their master’s degree. They will bring 6 or 9 credits with them that count towards the total number of credits required for their degree. Students will pay KU’s standard cost per credit hour for the duration of their degree. The average graduate student will take 9-12 credits per semester, based on workload, course availability, and number of credits needed. Direct MAP students are enrolled in their degree program from the start and do not need to meet any requirements to progress.

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
Credits Earned Towards Degree 9 6
Progression Requirements Maintain status Graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
No grade lower than a B
Total credits required for degree:
33