All about MA International Studies

All you should know about MA International Studies Course

Last updated: 18 Oct 2021

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What are International Studies?

International Studies generally refers to the specific university degrees and courses which are concerned with the study of the major political, economic, social and cultural issues that dominate the international agenda.

The term itself can be more specifically defined as ‘the contemporary and historical understanding of global societies, cultures, languages and systems of government and complex relationships between them that shape the world.

Few lines about MA International Studies

MA International Studies is a 2-years post graduate course that is divided into 4 semesters. The course mainly focuses on the environment and development, human rights, economic and political aspects of globalisation, international law, peace and conflicts. The course offers diverse fields of study such as globalisation, world history, international economic policy, strategic studies and international economics.

The course equips students with critical and analytical skills to prepare them for a range of professions that requires international affairs and to understand contemporary international politics. The course covers the study of globalisation, international political economy, theories of international relations, democracies, Asia-Pacific and Northeast Politics, international organisations, global environmental politics, international security and a process of state formation.

Eligibility for MA International Studies

The students who have completed their undergraduate degree in any stream with 50% aggregate from recognised university are eligible to apply for MA International Studies.

Admission Procedures

The students with relevant qualifications can join the MA International Studies course by two modes. The first one is Merit based admission and the second one is direct admission. Let’s discuss in detail

1. Merit Admission

There are many top educational institutes that conduct entrance exams for the MA International Studies course. This mode is called merit admission mode. The entrance exams are conducted to select the serious and hardworking students from the group of non-serious candidates to the available limited number of seats in the colleges. The students have to apply and clear these entrance exams for merit-seats. The qualified students are allotted the merit seats and are given admission, the fees are fairly nominal for merit admissions.

2. Direct Admission

The students have another option of getting admission to MA International Studies course by direct admission process. Under this mode of admission, the students are given direct admission to their desired colleges under management quota. The direct admission students enjoy many special privileges like that they are not required to apply for any institution-based entrance exam for getting admissions. They have an option to choose their desired colleges and book their seats even before the starting of the academic year. The students who are interested in direct admissions are required to contact Galaxy Educational Services for more details.

Syllabus for MA International Studies

The students of MA International Studies will be studying the following subjects during their course duration

Sl. No. Subjects of Study
1 Political Theory Concepts and Perspectives
2 Introduction of international Relations
3 Introduction of International Economics
4 International Law
5 Peace and strategic studies
6 Latin America and the Caribbean in World Affairs
7 Government and Politics of South Asia
8 Africa in World Affairs
9 International Organisation
10 India’s Foreign Policy
11 International Political Economy
12 Research Methodology in International Relations
13 Contemporary Issues in International Relations
14 Conflict Resolution
15 US Foreign Policy
16 Impact on Science and Technology and International Relations

Career and Scope

MA International Studies postgraduates may get opportunities in various manufacturing industries like Media Units, Pharmaceutical industries, Law Firms, Research organisations, Cosmetics and Beauty Products, software industries, publishing houses, voluntary organisations, etc. They can work in different roles like counseling, research analyst, business head, assistant manager, patent analyst. They can even take up teaching by joining as lecturers in various colleges.

Job Roles

Some of the important job roles are:

  • Delivery Excellence Manager
  • Economic Affairs Officer
  • Client Support Officer
  • Patent Analyst

Salary and Emoluments

The fresh MA International Studies students will be earning around 6 lakhs to 8 lakhs per annum. The experienced professionals will be earning around 8 lakhs to 10 lakhs per annum.

Top organisations hiring MA International Studies students

Some of the important organisations are:

  • Nastech Consulting
  • IARA HR Services
  • BPOs
  • Amex Technologies
  • Bajaj Capital

Final Lines

The demand for MA International studies students has seen an increase in demand in the last decade. Many organisations are going global and are hiring a greater number of skilled professionals. The organisations also pay handsome salaries for skilled professionals and also provide good career growth opportunities to the skilled MA International studies students.


At Galaxy Education, we help you through the process of finding and applying to the right Colleges in Bangalore. Contact us in below details to get more information on admission procedure and how to secure your seat:

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