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School of Global Studies and Partnerships

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Master of Science in Global Studies

The Master of Science degree in Global Studies is designed to prepare candidates to cope with the international responsibilities that confront individuals working in the public and private sectors around the world. The program is multi-disciplinary and allows students to choose one of five areas in which to focus:

  • International Business and Economic Relations
  • International Trade and Development
  • International Human Development, Society, and Education
  • Cultural Heritage and Tourism Development
  • Preservation of Environmental and Ecological Resources RESERVA

The core is made up of a foundation course in each of the four focus areas. The core courses provide students with a broader understanding of theory, history, world politics and culture. The program allows for international experiences through internships, work on global research projects, and interaction with a diverse mix of students and faculty.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for the master’s degree are required to complete 30-33 credit hours of graduate-level course work, demonstrate foreign language proficiency, and complete an international experience (i.e. Study Abroad). The program allows full-time students to complete the requirements in four semesters. There are two tracks students in the program must choose between (thesis or creative component), which determines the hours and requirements of coursework. Some students may need to take undergraduate prerequisite courses in addition to graduate course requirements.

For a Plan of Study with Thesis, the graduate credit requirements are:

INTL 5013   Contemporary Issues 15
A research and design methodology course
Choose 3 of the following courses:
INTL   5233     Global Competitive Environment
INTL   5020     Introduction to International Development
INTL   5020     Nation Branding and Public Diplomacy
INTL   5043     Politics of the Global Economy
ANTH   5243     Globalization & Culture
AGEC   5343     International Ag Markets, Trade & Development
EEE   5403     Social Entrepreneurship
GEOG   5233     Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
LSB   5203     Foundations of Issue & Conflict Management
MC   5253     International Mass Communication
MGMT   5113     Management & Organization Theory
MGMT   5163     Fundraising for Non-Profits
NSCI   5553     Global Nutrition & Food Security
POLS   5693     Emergency Management in the International Setting
POLS   6203     Comparative & International Dimensions of Fire and Emergency Mgmt
RMRT   4943     Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management
FLL   5210     Graduate Studies in Foreign Languages
Focus Area courses (3 Courses) 9
Thesis Hours 6
Total credits for degree 30

For a Plan of Study with Creative Component, the graduate credit requirements are:

INTL 5013 Contemporary Issues 15
A research and design methodology course
Choose 3 of the following courses:
INTL 5233     Global Competitive Environment
INTL 5020     Introduction to International Development
INTL 5020     Nation Branding and Public Diplomacy
INTL 5043     Politics of the Global Economy
ANTH 5243     Globalization & Culture
AGEC 5343     International Ag Markets, Trade & Development
EEE 5403     Social Entrepreneurship
GEOG 5233     Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
LSB 5203     Foundations of Issue & Conflict Management
MC 5253     International Mass Communication
MGMT 5113     Management & Organization Theory
MGMT 5163     Fundraising for Non-Profits
NSCI 5553     Global Nutrition & Food Security
POLS 5693     Emergency Management in the International Setting
POLS 6203     Comparative & International Dimensions of Fire and Emergency Management
RMTR 4943     Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management
FLL 5210     Graduate Studies in Foreign Languages
Focus Area courses (4 Courses) 12
Creative Component Hours 3
Electives (1 Course) 3
Total credits for degree 33


INTL 5010 and the courses under the following course designations: ACCT, BADM, BCOM, BHON, BUSAD, FIN, LSB, MGMT, MSIS, AND TCOM. Economics courses are excluded from the restrictions.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

In order to fulfill the foreign language requirement, native speakers of English must have accomplished one of the following:

  1. Complete 9 semester hours of a second language or 3 semester hours of intermediate or advanced modern foreign language courses with a minimum grade of C.
  2. Obtain an Intermediate level rating on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). For more information about the OPI, see the website at www.actfl.org.

Note: No waivers for the foreign language requirement will be permitted, and the 15 hours of language courses cannot be counted towards the 33 hours necessary to complete the master’s degree.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT

Students from the U.S. must have an international experience to qualify for the M.S. in International Studies degree. The time outside the U.S. must be at least 3 to 6 weeks, involve a structured program of course work or internship and have occurred during the student's undergraduate or graduate programs. Due to the variety of opportunities, the experience must be approved by the Director.

RESEARCH DESIGN & METHODS REQUIREMENT

All students are normally required to complete a course in research design and method. This requirement may be adjusted or waived at the discretion of the program director depending upon the background of an individual student. Appropriate courses include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:

Research Design/Methods (one of the following; appropriate substitutions are subject to approval by program director):

ENGL     4893     Research Writing for International Graduate Students
REMS     5013     Research Design & Methodology
SOC       5273     Qualitative Research Methods
STAT      5013     Statistics for Experimenters I
POLS     5103     Research Design
SCFD     5913     Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry


Students with appropriate backgrounds may usually substitute more advanced methods courses to fulfill this requirement, subject to the approval of the program director.

In addition, the Graduate College requires all graduate students complete the Responsible Conduct of Research training their first semester at OSU. Training materials encourage students to think critically and to engage in discussions about what it means to be an ethical researcher. Conducting research ethically requires an understanding and appreciation of the ethical imperatives behind the rules. To complete the required CITI training course or for more information, visit http://compliance.okstate.edu/rcr/training.