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2021 Best International Studies Master's Degree Schools

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$57,520 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best International Studies Master's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 7,967 people earned a degree or certificate in international studies, making the major the #119 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best International Studies Master's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 26 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best master's degree programs for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best International Studies Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the international studies master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best International Studies Master's Degree Schools

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our 2021 rankings named University of Pennsylvania the best school in the United States for international studies students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that international studies majors at UPenn take out while working on their Master's Degree is $108,471. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,178.

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Out of the 26 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, George Washington University landed the # 2 spot on the list. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of California - Berkeley. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best International Studies Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population.

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Out of the 26 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that international studies majors at UNC Chapel Hill take out while working on their Master's Degree is $25,742.

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#5

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Brandeis University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best International Studies Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Waltham, Brandeis is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best International Studies Master’s Degree Schools ranking. GMU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus ranked #7 on this year’s Best International Studies Master’s Degree Schools list. University of Oklahoma is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Norman.

The average amount in student loans that international studies majors at University of Oklahoma take out while working on their Master's Degree is $21,925.

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With a ranking of #8, University of California - Santa Barbara did quite well on this year’s best schools for international studies students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #9, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network did quite well on this year’s best schools for international studies students working on their master’s degree. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

The average amount in student loans that international studies majors at Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network take out while working on their Master's Degree is $34,622. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $398, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for international studies students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. U of U is a fairly large public school located in the city of Salt Lake City.

After completing their Master's Degree, international studies graduates from U of U carry an average student debtload of $27,965.

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One of 28 majors within the area of study, international studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 37,392
Biological & Physical Science 29,278
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,609
Nutrition Science 4,794
Behavioral Science 3,731

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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