Master of Arts in International Studies

The Master of Arts in International Studies is a 36-hour, non-thesis program designed to equip leaders for service in a broad array of multicultural contexts, including for-profit business, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, diplomacy, and government. The degree provides a broad-based view of how the interplay between diverse cultures affects commerce, diplomatic relations, society, government, religion, foreign affairs, the arts, and other facets of society in today’s global environment. Graduates of the program will be equipped to lead with distinction and diplomacy in an ever-globalizing world, as well as serve their communities in culturally-sensitive ways.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS:

Admission Requirements Specific to This Program:

Master of Arts in International Studies applicants must:  1) have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution recognized by DBU, 2) show strong moral character commensurate with the University’s mission of producing servant leaders, and 3) demonstrate through their academic record a likelihood of success in the Master of Arts in International Studies program. In addition to these requirements, the applicant’s record of service in the community and in positions of leadership will be considered.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

MAIS 5001 International Job Shadowing is a required course unless the student chooses MAIS 5310 Short-Term International Immersion Experience (S-L) or the International Immersion concentration. In MAIS 5001, the student shadows an international leader in a foreign country for one business week.

REQUIRED CORE CURRICULUM (24 hours)

course

Credit hours

REQUIRED CORE CURRICULUM
MAIS 5301 - Contemporary Global Issues (Travel Study)
MAIS 5302 - Geopolitics Through the Lens of Geography 
MAIS 5303 - Christian Perspectives on Global Religions and Worldviews (S-L)
MAIS 5317 - Comparing Government Structures and Political Systems  
MAIS 5318 - International Political Economy
MAIS 5305 - Cultural Intelligence 
MAIS 6306 - Cross-Cultural and Global Leadership

MAL 6301 - Christian Worldview of Leadership

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CONCENTRATIONS Choose one
East Asian Studies
Select any four of the following courses:
MAGL 5351 - History and Culture of East Asia
MAGL 5352 - History of East Asian Philosophy and Religion
MAGL 5353 - Fine Arts in East Asia
MAGL 5354 - Literature of East Asia
MAGL 5355 - Leadership in East Asia
MAGL 5356 - Business and Finance in East Asia
MAGL 5357 - Understanding East Asian Civilization and Culture
MAGL 5358 - Essentials of East Asian Language
MAIS 5310 - Short-Term International Immersion Experience (S-L)
European Studies
Select any four of the following courses:
ENGL 5340 - Studies in Global Literature
HIST 5301 - Western Church History 
MAIS 5306 - Leadership in Europe
MAIS 5307 - Business and Finance in Europe
MAIS 5310 - Short-Term International Immersion Experience (S-L)
Global Business
Select any four of the following courses:
COMA 6324 - Communication for Global Organizations
ECON 6303 - International Economics and the Legal Environment
ENTR 6306 - International Entrepreneurship
FINA 6321 - International Finance
MAGL 5345 - Business as Mission (S-L)
MAIS 5310 - Short-Term International Immersion Experience (S-L)
MANA 6311 - Global Initiatives in Management  
MRKT 6321 - International Marketing
International Immersion
Students will work with a lead professor to design a two-semester immersion experience in a foreign country.
MAIS 5308 - Understanding Civilization and Culture
MAIS 5309 - Essentials of Foreign Language
MAIS 5311 - International Internship I
MAIS 5312 - International Internship II
International Ministry
Select any four of the following courses:
MAGL 5330 - Introduction to Missiology
MAGL 5331 - Cross-Cultural Living and Ministry
MAGL 5332 - Strategies for Missionary Work
MAGL 5336 - Current Trends in Missions
MAGL 5340 - Integrating Faith and Cultures
MAGL 5341 - Global Christianity
MAGL 5342 - Ethnography, Cultures, and Worldviews
MAGL 5343 - Understanding Islam
MAGL 5344 - Strategies for Urban Ministries
MAGL 5345 - Business as Mission (S-L)
MAIS 5310 - Short-Term International Immersion Experience (S-L)
International Relations
Select any four of the following courses:
ECON 6303 - International Economics and the Legal Environment
MAIS 5304 - International Peace and Conflict Studies  
MAIS 5310 - Short-Term International Immersion Experience (S-L)
MAIS 5313 - Urbanization and Development
MAIS 5314 - International Human Rights
MAIS 5315 - Ethics in International Relations
MAIS 5316 - Global Health Issues
POLS 5314 - International Relations

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General International Studies
Select any four courses from the following concentrations:
East Asian Studies
European Studies
Global Business
International Ministry
International Relations

Total Credit Hours Required

36

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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