» Accelerated BA/MA in International Studies

The Master of Arts in International Studies program offers an accelerated program option for undergraduates that enable students to begin taking MA coursework in their senior year and receive a Master of Arts degree within one year of finishing their undergraduate studies. The program is open to all undergraduate majors that have satisfied the prerequisites for the program and meet the admissions requirements. This interdisciplinary course of study is designed to train students seeking global careers with the U.S. Foreign Service, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the United Nations (UN) or businesses.

Admission Criteria

  • Apply to the program during junior year
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3
  • Interview with the MAIS Director
  • Official transcripts
  • Current Chapman students applying to the accelerated Master's degree program do not require the recommendation letter in their application. Instead, please enter the name, email and phone number for two faculty or staff members at Chapman who support you as a candidate for this program in the online application.
  • A 1,000-word essay addressing your background and interest in the field of international studies
  • Resume
  • GRE scores are waived for accelerated applicants
  • Students are eligible for MAIS scholarship funds once they complete their BA degree

Sample Senior Year Course Schedule for Accelerated Students

Up to 15 credits of graduate coursework can double count for the MA and BA degree programs

Fall (6 units)

  • IS 502 Peace, Conflict and Human Rights
  • IS 680 Cultural Diversity/Ethnic Identities in a Globalized World

Spring (6 units)

  • IS 503 Challenges of Development
  • IS 505 Research Design

Contact Us


Crystal Murphy, PhD
Program Director, MA International Studies
(714) 628-2763
crmurphy@chapman.edu

David Krausman
Graduate Programs Coordinator
(714) 516-7116
krausman@chapman.edu

Sharnique Dow
Graduate Admission Counselor
(714) 997-6770
sdow@chapman.edu

For additional admission information, please contact:
Office of Graduate Admission
888-CU-APPLY or (714) 997-6711
gradadmit@chapman.edu
www.chapman.edu/gradadmission