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Brandy Pech
Program Coordinator

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The MIS International Studies Track offers students who are enrolled in or have recently completed a master's degree at a partner university the opportunity to gain additional academic training in an applied international affairs concentration.

In partnership with selected universities, students in the International Studies Track complete a dual degree in the field of international affairs over the course of two years. One part is completed at the partner institution, one part at the School of International Service. The International Studies Track allows students to benefit from the wealth of academic and practical knowledge at the School of International Service, maintained by a strong research faculty with many scholar-practitioners among them.



Additionally, students may partake in the variety of practical opportunities offered by the School that allows students to apply the knowledge they gained through their academic studies. These opportunities not only include a large number of public dialogues, research programs, and practical opportunities conveyed through courses and opportunities at the School, but also various internship opportunities, the popular practicum series that conveys real world experience in project management and consulting, and provides professional development workshops in skills institutes.


The courses offered in the International Studies Track are designed to complement students' preexisting graduate studies, while allowing them to take full advantage of the expertise and the facilities at the School of International Service.

In accordance with employer priorities, the MIS International Studies Track emphasizes intellectual and practical skills, including knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills: Students are able to build their own concentration that assists them in reaching their professional goals, while taking full advantage of a coherent and strong graduate education. If they have not previously acquired approved credits in Social Science Research Methodology and Economics, they will have the opportunity to develop these skills at SIS.


Research Methods Options

SIS-600 Statistics, Research Design, and Research Methods for International Affairs offers an introduction to research design and research methods with particular focus on quantitative measurement, statistical analysis, and computer use for international relations research. Usually offered every term.

SIS-750 Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs covers methods used in the field of international affairs, including policy analysis, program evaluation, qualitative methods, and advanced quantitative methods. Topics vary by section and may be repeated for credit with different topic. Usually offered every term.

SIS-612 Qualitative Research Methods in Peace and Conflict Resolution introduces a range of qualitative methods for social science research, especially for students in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs who are planning research for substantial research paper (SRP) or thesis projects. Topics include developing a research question, performing a literature review, and selecting an appropriate methodology. Methods covered include interviewing, focus groups, case studies, participant observation, content analysis, and action research. Issues discussed include human subjects protocols, negotiating access, and the ethics of working with war-affected populations. Usually offered every fall. 


Economics Options

ECON-603 Introduction to Economic Theory is an introduction to the major analytical tools of micro and macro economics, including models of employment, inflation, economic growth and development, international trade, the derivation of supply and demand, the operation of firms under perfect and imperfect competition, and the role of government in society. Usually offered every term.

SIS-616 International Economics examines comparative advantage and neo-classical trade theory, contemporary trade theories, balance of payments, accounting, exchange rates, and open economy macroeconomic and economic development. Usually offered every term.


Capstone Options

SIS-793 Practicum in International Affairs is designed to give second-year master's students real world experience in project management and consulting while preparing them for post-graduate careers. Students work in teams with expert clients including U.S. and international government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to conduct policy and program analysis. Students draw on their substantial research, as well as qualitative and quantitative skills, to prepare final oral and written analysis and recommendations.

SIS-795 Substantial Research Paper refers to a research or policy paper based on independent research. The scope and topic of the paper vary by concentration and program.