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MIS in International Service

The Master of International Service is specifically designed for those with significant experience in international affairs or for those completing, or having recently completed (within three years), a master's level program in international affairs or related field from an approved institutional partner. The program’s two semester intensive period of study is complemented by opportunities for participating in an array of public dialogue and ongoing research programs. 

Admission

Applicants must hold an accredited bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least B+ (3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale). Students should also have significant professional experience, typically at least seven years, be currently enrolled in a master's level program in inter- national affairs or related field from a partner institution, or have recently completed (within three years) a master's level program in international affairs or related field from an approved partner institution. Students with significant professional experience should apply to the executive track. Students currently enrolled, or having recently completed, a master's level program in international affairs or related field should apply to the international studies track.

The application deadline for fall admission is July 15 (July 1 for international students), for spring admission, November 15 (November 1 for international students). Admitted students may defer matriculation for no more than two semesters provided that a written request for deferment is submitted to and approved by the SIS Graduate Admissions Office. 

All applicants are required to submit official transcripts and translations from their undergraduate institutions and two letters of reference evaluating their suitability for the mid-career master’s program in international service. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), unless they hold a degree from a US-accredited institution (before enrollment at SIS). Applicants should plan to take the TOEFL prior to December to ensure full consideration of the application by the deadline. Finally, applicants must submit an essay outlining their significant professional experience, highlighting the background they would contribute to the program, and their motivation for graduate study. The essay should also contain a brief description of the intended program of study. 

 

Executive Track

The Master of International Service Executive track is designed for students who have at least seven years of professional experience.

Degree Requirements

  • At least 30 credit hours of approved graduate course work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, including 12 credit hours in residence. Students with significant prior professional experience in international affairs may apply for advanced standing of up to 6 credit hours upon application. Students seeking to use the significant professional experience clause are limited to a total of 6 credit hours, including any credit transfer.
  • Capstone experience: SIS-687 Proseminar in International Affairs II with a grade of B or better Substantial research paper requirement: 3 credit hours Practicum: 3 credit hours

Course Requirements

Core (3 credit hours)

  • SIS-686 Proseminar in International Affairs I

Concentration (12 credit hours)

  • 12 credit hours of graduate course work from an approved concentration

Social Science Research Methodology (3 credit hours)

  • One course from the following: SIS-600 Statistics, Research Design, and Research Methods for International Affairs (3) SIS-750 Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3) SIS-612 Qualitative Research Methods in Peace and Conflict Resolution (3)

Economics (3 credit hours)

  • One course of the following: ECON-603 Introduction to Economic Theory (3) SIS-616 International Economics (3)

Capstone Experience (3 credit hours)

  • SIS-687 Proseminar in International Affairs II (3) or Substantial research paper or practicum requirement

 

International Studies Track

The Master of International Service International Studies track is designed for students who are currently enrolled in a master's level program in international affairs or related field with a partner institution, or have recently completed (within three years) a master's level program in international affairs or related field from a partner institution.

Degree Requirements

  • At least 30 credit hours of approved graduate course work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, including 18 credit hours in residence Students in the International Studies track may receive up to 12 credit hours of advanced standing for credits earned at the partner institution that meet the requirements for the MIS.
  • Capstone experience: demonstration of critical thinking, research and writing skills through completion of a master's thesis, substantial research paper requirement, or practicum. All courses taken to fulfill this requirement must be passed with a grade of B or better

Course Requirements

Concentration (27 credit hours)

  • 27 credit hours of graduate course work from an approved concentration

Capstone Experience (3 credit hours)

  • Substantial research paper or practicum requirement