Graduate Diploma in US Studies

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Interdisciplinary and flexible, the Graduate Diploma in US Studies allows you to deepen your understanding of American politics, culture and society.

Whether you want to pursue a career in government, international relations, business, media or education, this course will equip you with the skills you need to get there. These include high‑level analytical research and writing skills and a specialist understanding of current events in the US.
Our course provides you with an international perspective on American politics and foreign policy and an understanding of America’s influence on the world and the world’s reaction to America.

Another strength of the Graduate Diploma in US Studies comes from access to the outstanding resources and networks available at the United States Studies Centre (USSC), a leading teaching and research think tank in Australia. The centre offers unprecedented access to distinguished scholars, policymakers and business leaders.

The capstone experience of the Graduate Diploma in US Studies allows you to pursue professional development or academic excellence along one of our three advanced study streams: internship; exchange or research. You may choose to write a research dissertation, take part in a local or international internship in a variety of professional settings, or study on exchange in an international postgraduate program.

Among these options, our flagship Uni-Capitol program gives you the opportunity to take a semester-long internship at the US Congress, where you will gain a unique insider-perspective of US political systems and institutions.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


The Graduate Diploma in US Studies requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) a minimum of 6 credit points from core units of study;

(b) a minimum of 18 credit points from core elective units of study; and

(c) a maximum of 24 credit points from core or elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 6 credit points of elective units can be taken from units of study outside those listed in the US Studies subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including from units of study offered by other faculties.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Graduates are suited to careers in government, international relations, business, and media. Opportunities for further study and research may also be available.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in US Studies requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 60 percent average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or

(b) completion of the Graduate Certificate in US Studies with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Note: International students are required to enrol on a full-time basis.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.