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Intellectualizing Her Experiences in the US Army
Kayla Williams, SIS/MA '08
Representing the voice of the enlisted personnel is really important to me.
Spending a year on the ground in Iraq made me want to understand intellectually what I was experiencing at the very tip of the spear—how did we get here? What are the geopolitical forces that are driving the US to be involved in Iraq? I wanted to intellectualize my experience.
Learn more about Williams' career path, position in the Biden administration, and her time at SIS.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I apply and when are the application deadlines?
When you should apply to the program depends on what semester you want to start taking classes in and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for an MA in International Affairs: Comparative and Regional Studies are as follows:
- Fall semester (all applicants): January 15
- Spring semester (domestic applicants): October 1
- Spring semester (international applicants): September 15
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Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
Where will a degree in Comparative and Regional Studies take me?
The Comparative and Regional Studies degree prepares policy professionals for a variety of careers. CRS graduates find positions in national, state, and local governments; they enter the private sector as consultants and executives in think tanks, transnational corporations, and international banks; and they join nonprofit organizations and NGOs.
CRS alumni consistently report that the program provided them with the knowledge and expertise to be conversant across regional and thematic disciplines—a quality that makes them well-suited for management positions where they must be able to engage with exceptionally diverse populations and stakeholders.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
Is there financial assistance available?
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission. SIS also has partnerships with a number of organizations like the Peace Corps and Pickering Fellowship that provide qualified individuals with funding.
Financial aid information for prospective students
Comparative and Regional Studies students may choose to research other relevant fellowship opportunities.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.
Federal loan and work study information for graduate students
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