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 Master of US Studies is aimed at those wishing to deepen their 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 degree provides you with an international perspective on American politics and foreign policy, as well as an understanding of America’s influence
on the world and the world’s reaction to America.

Another strength of the Master of 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 operation for the study of the United States in Australia. The USSC offers unprecedented
access to distinguished scholars, policymakers and business leaders.

The advanced program (Master of Letters in US Studies) gives you the opportunity to take a semester-long internship at the US Congress, where you would gain a unique insider- perspective of US political systems and institutions.

Further course information

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.

Graduate opportunities

US Studies students are well-suited for a wide variety of careers in government, international relations, business, media and education, both in Australia and overseas.

Admission

Admission requirements

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

(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.
Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.

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

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International students

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