Required Core Courses – 22 hours
- PA 383G, Policy Making in a Global Age
- PA 387G, Nature of the International System
- PA 393G, Microeconomics
- PA 397G, Analytical Methods for GPS
- PA 393H, International Economics
- PA 682A & 682B, MGPS Policy Research Project
- PA 195G, Crisis Management (one credit)
Specialization/Field Requirements – 15 hours*
*MGPS dual degree students with Business or Law are only required to complete 12 hours of specialization courses.
Electives – 9 hours*
Either LBJ School courses or graduate-level courses at other UT departments which have substantial relevance to global policy studies. Elective courses must be approved by the Graduate Advisor.
*MGPS dual degree students are not required to complete the 9 hours of electives.
Writing Requirement - 3 hours
EITHER PA 388K, Writing for Global Policy Studies. Please note that Writing I must be taken in your first year unless you are a dual degree student. Dual degree students completing a thesis or Professional Report for their other degree are not required, but are highly encouraged to take Writing I, II and III."
OR PA 398R, Master Professional Report (PR). Students who choose to write a PR will register for it in their last semester of study. (In case they are dual-degree students, they may be required to write a Thesis in the other department, instead.) Those interested in writing a PR should meet with the Graduate Advisor no later than August of their last year to start preparing.
NOTE: The Writing for Global Policy Studies course teaches skills that are very different from those acquired while writing a Thesis or a PR. Therefore, even students who choose to do a PR or Thesis are encouraged to take the Writing course. In these cases, the Writing course can count toward the student’s 15 specialization course credits.
Internship in Global Policy
- All students are required to complete a 400-hour internship at a global policy-relevant organization of their own choosing. Students usually complete an internship in the summer between their first and second year in the MGPS program. Dual degree students may complete their internships at a later date, but should consult with the Graduate Advisor first.
- The internship requirement does not require registration for course credit.
- Some students may wish to perform additional academic work related to their internship by registering for the internship course (PA 396G). This independent study course requires a supervising MGPS faculty member—your Graduate Advisor can provide details.
Foreign Language Proficiency
In order to graduate, all students must prove proficiency in a foreign language in one of two ways: either through proof of four semesters’ worth of consecutive language study in an institution of higher education or by successfully completing a placement test at one of UT’s foreign language departments. International students whose native language is not English are exempt from this requirement.
Total hours required for the regular MGPS degree: 49
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