International Studies

Well-rounded foundation in global skills and leadership

Whether you studied international studies in college or majored in a completely different field, a master’s degree in international studies will provide you with a solid grounding to work in the global arena.

As a graduate student in international studies at HLS, you’ll be trained to analyze global issues through both a humanities and social science perspective. You’ll hone skills in critical reasoning and writing, and have the opportunity to learn languages in highly regarded programs and work with renowned faculty.

And you’ll graduate ready to compete in whatever field you choose.

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How do the two degrees differ?

While there are similarities between the two degrees, the M.S. focuses on using data to address issues in international studies. Examples include the economics of development or quantitative approaches to political analysis. Students learn quantitative methods and analysis and take at least one graduate-level economics course.

In addition, an international experience—such as an internationally focused internship or practicum—is a requirement of the M.S.