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Master of Global Policy Studies Dual Degree Program - MGPS and Asian Studies

The LBJ School and the Center for Asian Studies (ANS) of The University of Texas at Austin offer a dual degree program leading to two graduate degrees, the Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree and the Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MA). The MGPS/ANS program is a three-year program that combines advanced studies of globalization with a focus on the politics, economy, and cultures of Asia (focusing on either East Asia or South Asia). This dual degree program responds to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for specialists with backgrounds that combine policy and area studies. The program prepares students to deal with governance challenges in the fluid modern environment where new cross-border trends and opportunities challenge traditional rules of thumb and public-management techniques. In the dual-degree program, students integrate their studies of the languages, cultures, history, and political economy of Asia with trans-boundary issues ranging from climate change to cross-border water disputes, from the Doha-round global trade policy agenda to regional free trade agreements, and from the effects of China and India's rise on the global balance of power to the challenges that cross-border ideological and migratory pressures pose for political reform.

Program Structure

Students can earn both degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed.  Students in the dual degree program take the following courses, which total either 67 or 70 credit hours of work (67 hours if you write a thesis, and 70 if you write a professional report):

Global Policy Studies
  • The Global Policy Studies core courses (22 hours): Policymaking in a Global Age, Microeconomics, The Nature of the International System, Analytical Methods for Global Policy Studies, International Economics, Policy Research Project, and Crisis Management.
  • An MGPS specialization (15 hours) chosen from Security, Law, and Diplomacy; International Trade and Finance; Development; Global Governance and International Law; International Energy, Environment, and Technology; Regional International Policy; or a student-initiated specialization.  Specialization courses should be selected based on their relationship to the overall dual-degree program, as agreed with the Graduate Adviser.
  • Summer internship in an office where activity is related to the dual degree program.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.
Asian Studies

For the Asian Studies side of the dual degree program, students can choose whether to write a thesis or a professional report.  Their choice has implications for their other degree requirements, specified as follows:
Professional Report Option

  • 6 hours of Asian history
  • 6 hours of advanced language courses (third-year and beyond)
  • 18 hours of Asian Studies electives (not more than 9 hours in any one discipline)
  • 3 hours of Master's Report

Thesis Option

  • 6 hours of Asian history
  • 6 hours of advanced language courses (third-year and beyond)
  • 12 hours of Asian Studies electives (not more than 6 hours in any one discipline)
  • 6 hours of Master's Thesis
Additional Information

Students interested in the MGPS / ANS dual degree program should consult the web pages of both component programs. 

Department of Asian Studies

Master of Global Policy Studies