Graduate Programs of Potential Interest to International Studies Students

This page lists graduate degree and certificate programs in eight areas: Education, Intelligence Studies/CybersecurityInternational Affairs/International Relations, International BusinessNon-Profit Management, Public AdministrationPublic Health, and Sustainability. These categories, and the listings they contain, are not exhaustive, but rather suggest possible graduate school and professional directions for International Studies students. 

 

In each category, we have listed programs from a selection of institutions (FSU, UCF, UF, UNF, and USF) within the State University System of Florida. Students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at UNF can apply to all programs on this page without additional coursework, with the exception of certain cybersecurity programs. For those, students can generally apply and be accepted, but must fulfill any needed undergraduate prerequisites before beginning the graduate coursework.

 

Students interested in researching other possible graduate programs at these or other institutions may consult GradSchools.com and Peterson's, and may also seek assistance through the COAS Center for Career Excellence. For more information, contact Vivian Senior 

 

While we endeavor to keep the information here current, please consult the websites of the individual programs for the most up-to-date information. Any problems with this list may be reported to Clayton McCarl, director of the UNF International Studies Program. 


This resource was first developed by Erin Steinmetz, International Studies program intern, in the fall of 2016. 

 

Education  

Florida Schools

UNF – Graduate Certificate in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

 

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 18

Program length generally one year or longer

May be opportunities to work in China, Korea, or Mexico while completing certificate

 

USF – Master of Arts in Teaching

For those who have a bachelor’s degree outside teaching, but wish to be certified teachers.

 

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study OR

An earned graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.5 for all coursework

Must pass the General Knowledge Test (a portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam) OR

Passing scores on test sections of the GRE 

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 53

 

UCF – Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

For those who have a bachelor’s degree outside teaching, but wish to be certified teachers.

(gradadmissions@ucf.edu)

 

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Two letters of recommendation

Background questionnaire

Passing scores on test sections of the GRE 

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 30-36

Thesis and Non-Thesis options

UCF – Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TESOL) Graduate Certificate

For those who have a bachelor’s degree outside teaching, but wish to be certified teachers.

(gradadmissions@ucf.edu)

 

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 12 

 

 

Intelligence Studies/Cybersecurity 

Florida Schools

Please note that cybersecurity focuses on the technical skills of cybersecurity and not on theory. An interest or background in computers and programing is necessary. 
 
Admission Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• GMAT test scores – minimum score of 500 (verbal and quantitative combined) OR GRE test scores
• Two letters of recommendation
• A 250-500 word essay in which the student describes his or her academic and professional background, reasons for pursing this degree, and professional goals pertaining to cybersecurity

 

Program Overview:
• Total program hours: 30 hours fully online
• Major research areas:
o Cybersecurity
o Secure Software
o Intelligence
o Disaster Recovery
o Digital Forensics
o National Security
o Cryptography

Admission Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• Professional resume
• GRE scores NOT required
• Must have basic technical knowledge (programming/coding, major computer Operating Systems and how they function, etc…) 

 

Program Overview:
• Total program hours: 36 hours
• Online program
• Concentrations:
o Strategic Intelligence
o Cyber Intelligence 

FSU – Masters in Cybersecurity

 (admissions@cs.fsu.edu)

Admission Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• GRE (verbal and quantitative)
• Applicants without undergrad degree in computer science must complete undergraduate prerequisites (at least 18 semester hours of credit in upper level undergrad computer courses)

 

Program Overview:
• Total program hours: 35

(Gradadmissions@ucf.edu)  
Admission Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• An academic goal statement
• Current professional resume

 

Program Overview:
• Total program hours: 18

International Affairs/International Relations 

 Florida Schools  

UNF – Master of Arts in International Affairs 

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

GMAT test scores (30 verbal and 29 quantitative minimum) OR GRE test scores

Resume

Letter of Intent

Two letters of recommendation (from academic sources)

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 36

Program length generally two years

Interdisciplinary degree

UF – Masters in International Relations

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

Three letters of recommendation

GRE scores

Personal statement (at least one page)

o Must convey intellectual ambitions

o How the program satisfies the student’s interests. 

o How the student will contribute to the program

 

Program Overview:

Total program hours: 36 hours

Thesis and non-thesis options available.

 

FSU – Master’s in International Affairs  

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

GRE (verbal and quantitative)

Proficiency in a modern foreign language

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 32/30

Thesis and non-thesis options

UCF – Master of Arts in Political Science

 (Gradadmissions@ucf.edu)

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

GRE (verbal and quantitative) taken in the last five years

Three letters of recommendation

A personal statement (500 words)

o Areas of research interest in PS

o Faculty with whom they would like to work 

o Describe academic and professional experiences and future career goals

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 33

Thesis and non-thesis options.

USF – Master of Arts in Political Science

(http://gia.usf.edu/)

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Must have an undergraduate background in political science

Official transcripts from all institutions

GRE (verbal and quantitative) taken in the last five years

Three letters of recommendation

A personal statement (500 words)

 

Program Overview:

Total program hours: 36

 

 

 

 International Business/Business Administration  

Florida Schools

 

Admission Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• GMAT test scores (470 minimum total score) OR GRE test scores (minimum 300 total score)
• Resume

 

 

Program Overview:
• Total program hours: 36
• Career coaching provided by the Coggin Career Management Center staff
• Graduate Assistantships program available
• Concentrations:
o E-Business
o Economics
o International Business
o Logistics
o Marketing 

And more...

UF – Master of International Business

 

Admission Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• Business major or minor
• Valid passport
• Strong GMAT or GRE scores
• Statement of purpose essay
• Resume
• Two letters of recommendation

 

Program Overview:
• Total program hours: 30
• Traditional and Graduate Dual degrees options

 

Admission Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• GRE scores
• Applicants must choose a track in this program. Tracks may have different admission requirements, start dates, and deadlines.

 

 

Program Overview:
• Total program hours: 39
• Non-thesis
• Three study options:
o Professional Part-Time MBA (at regional campuses and downtown)
o Professional Full-Time MBA (at regional campuses and downtown)
o Executive MBA (at the Executive Development Center in downtown Orlando)
o Accredited by AACSB International
• Internship options available for the Evening MBA track

 

Admission Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• GMAT scores (preferred) or GRE scores (applicants with 5 or more years of managerial experience may request a GMAT/GRE waiver)
• Letters of recommendation
• A statement of purpose
• Relevant professional work experience
• Any other information that helps ensuring the potential success of the applicant in the program

 

 

Program Overview:
• Total program hours: 32
• SACS and AACSB International accredited
• Thesis and non-thesis options
• Concentrations:
o Sport Business
o Supply Chain Management
o Data Analytics
o Cybersecurity
o Compliance, Risk Management & Anti-Money Laundering

UF – Master of Business Administration

 

Admission Requirements:
• Admission requirements, deadlines, and start dates vary from one program track to another.

 

 

Program Overview:
• Several program options to fit any schedule need, ranging from 32 to 48 credit hours and one year to 27 month programs
• Concentrations:
o Competitive Strategy
o Global Management
o Graham-Buffett Security Analysis
o International Studies
o Latin American Business
o Management
o Marketing

And More...

FSU – Master of Business Administration

 

Admission Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• GMAT scores (preferred) or GRE scores 
• Letters of recommendation
• Applicant Statement (Word document only)
• Nonrefundable application fee of $30.00
• Relevant professional work experience
• Any other information that helps ensuring the potential success of the applicant in the program

 

Program Overview:
• Total program hours: 39 (generally)
• Several track options and customizations available (with program director approval)

 

Non-Profit Management

 Florida Schools

UNF – Graduate Certificate 

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

Resume

Letter of Intent

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 12

1-2 semesters 

The courses in this program can also be applied toward degree credit in the UNF Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program.

   

UCF – Master of Non-Profit Management

(gradadmissions@ucf.edu) 

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

Three letters of recommendation

Resume

Statement of goals (no longer than two pages)

o What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in Non-Profit Management?

o What specific areas of NPM interest you?

o Nonprofit sector experience preferred, but not required.

o What makes you a special candidate for admission to the program?

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 36

Program is completely online

UCF – Non-Profit Management Graduate Certificate

(gradadmissions@ucf.edu)

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

Resume

Statement of goals (no longer than two pages)

o What is your reason for pursuing graduate study in Non-Profit Management?

o What specific areas of NPM interest you?

o Nonprofit sector experience preferred, but not required.

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 18

Program is completely online 

Public Administration

 Florida Schools  

UNF – Master of Public Administration  

For those wishing to work in policy, security, or non-profit management.

 

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

GMAT test scores (30 verbal and 29 quantitative minimum) OR GRE test scores

Resume

Letter of Intent

Two letters of recommendation

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 42

Program length of two years

Concentrations: 

o Generalist Option

o Health Administration

o Local Government Policy and Administration

o National Security

o Non-Profit Management

o Public Policy

USF – Master of Public Administration 

 

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

GRE test scores recommended

Resume

One-page career statement

Two letters of recommendation (at least one from faculty member)

Executive Public Administration Concentration: at least 5 years of cumulative experience in public service

Approval by M.P.A. Admissions Committee (possibility of an admissions interview)


Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 36/42

Concentrations: 

o Traditional M.P.A. – 36 credits

o Online Concentration in Executive Public Administration (EPA) – 42 credits

 

UCF – Master of Public Administration (nationally ranked)

(gradadmissions@ucf.edu)

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

Goal Statement (500-800 words)

o Personal background and career aspirations in public service

o Reasons for pursuing graduate study in public administration, including future career goals and plans

o Specific areas of public administration that interests you

Current professional Resume

Three letters of recommendation specifically for the MPA program

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 42

Students must achieve a grade of "B-" (80%) or higher in every course listed under core requirements and in the Capstone Experience (PAD 6062).

Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.

 

UF – Graduate Certificate in Public Affairs

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

Three letters of recommendation

GRE scores

Personal statement (at least one page)

o Must convey intellectual ambitions

o How the program satisfies the student’s interests. 

o How the student will contribute to the program

 

Program Overview: 

Part of the Political Science department

 

   

FSU – Master of Public Administration 

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

Passing GRE test scores

Three letters of recommendation

Resume

Career goal statement

(Where relevant) Evidence of prior professional work experience

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 42

Classes typically offered during evenings and weekends.

For more information: 

 

 

 

Public Health

 Florida Schools

UNF – Master of Public Health

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

GRE test scores ONLY (153 verbal and 144 quantitative) – no other test can substitute

Letter of intent describing:

o Reasons for seeking an MPH degree

o Short and long-term goals

Resume

Two letters of recommendations

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 45

Program length generally two years

Concentrations:

o Health Promotion/Health Education

o Epidemiology

UNF – Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 15

USF – Master of Public Health 

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

All Applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or an equivalent five years before application

 

Program Overview:

Total program hours: 42

Concentrations:

o Epidemiology and Global Health

o Epidemiology and Global Communicable Diseases

o Global Communicable Diseases

o Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health

o Global Health Practice

o Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief, and Homeland Security

o Health Care Organizations and Management

o And others...

 

USF – Master of Science in Public Health

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

All Applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or an equivalent five years before application

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 42

Concentrations:

o Community and Family Health

o Environmental and Occupational Health

o Epidemiology and Biostatistics

o Global Health

o Health Policy and Management 

 

UCF – Global Health and Public Affairs Graduate Certificate

The Global Health and Public Affairs Certificate is a new program starting Spring 2017.

(gradadmissions@ucf.edu)

Admission Requirements:

Admission is open to students admitted to a master’s or doctorate degree program in UCF's College of Health and Public Affairs, College of Nursing and the College of Medicine.

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 12

Concentrations:

o Global Public Affairs

o Global Health Affairs

FSU – Master in Public Health

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

A score near or at the 50th percentile on the GRE

Two letters of recommendation

Personal statement

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 42

An efolio will be constructed by each student through his or her course of study

  

UF – Master of Public Health

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Satisfactory GRE scores

English Proficiency

Strong professional interest in at least one of the public health concentrations

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 48

Concentrations:

o Biostatistics

o Environmental Health

o Epidemiology

o Public Health Policy and Management

o Public Health Practice

o Social and Behavioral Sciences

Traditional, Online, and Accelerated options

 

Sustainability

Florida Schools

USF – Master of Arts in Global Sustainability

Admission Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

Official transcripts from all institutions

Two letters of recommendation

Portfolio – applicant may provide a portfolio demonstrating prior work that focuses on sustainability

GRE is NOT required

 

Program Overview: 

Total program hours: 33

• Fully Online

Concentrations:

o Building Sustainable Enterprise

oClimate Change and Sustainability

o Coastal Sustainability

o Entrepreneurship

o Food Sustainability and Security 

o Sustainable Energy

o Sustainable Tourism

o Sustainable Transportation

o Water

UF – Master of Sustainable Development Practice 

 

 

Admission Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• GRE scores (contact the academic unit for specific score requirements)

Program Overview: 
• Total program hours: 45
• Non-thesis degree
• Concentrations:
o Climate Science
o No concentration 
• Specializations:
o Entrepreneurship
o Agriculture
o Ecotourism
o Gender
o Community Forest Management
o Nonprofits
o M&E
• Certificate option available

 

UF – Master of Environmental Science and Policy  

 

Admission Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in work attempted in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
• Official transcripts from all institutions
• GRE scores 
• A letter of intent
• At least two letters of recommendation
 
Program Overview: 
• Total program hours: 36
• Non-thesis and thesis options