Master of US Studies

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

Deepen your understanding of American politics, culture and society and gain high-level analytical research and writing skills and a specialist understanding of United States military, political and cultural power. This degree asks you to think critically about the underlying theories and concepts of American studies and its influence in the world.

The Master of US Studies provides you with an international perspective on American politics and foreign policy. It will prepare you to reach your intellectual goals by ranging from policy analysis through to an appreciation of cultural power and historical change.

Why study with us?
Draw on the outstanding resources and networks of the University’s United States Studies Centre (USSC), a leading teaching and research think tank in Australia. The USSC offers unprecedented access to distinguished scholars, policymakers and business leaders, as well as think tank programs and the US diplomatic corps in Australia.

You will have unique opportunities for an international postgraduate experience, such as the G’Day USA American Insights Tour Pursue professional development or academic excellence along one of our three advanced study streams: internship; exchange or research with our capstone experience.

Take part in a local or international internship or study on exchange in an international postgraduate program.

The Master of US Studies is accredited by the Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association, and scholarships unique to the degree are available including: the Rosa Parks Scholarship ($5000 - $10,000), the Susan B Anthony Scholarship ($2500 - $5000), the Rachel Carson Scholarship ($1000 - $2000) and the Eleanor Roosevelt Scholarship ($1000 - $2000).

Course outline

Candidates for the Master of US Studies are required to complete 96 credit points, including:

(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 48 credit points from 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 units of study offered by other faculties.
(d) 24 credit points from capstone units of study.

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the
US Studies unit of study table in the Postgraduate Handbook.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

Candidates undertaking the Master of US Studies must complete a capstone consisting of either a research dissertation, an internetship or study abroad in the United States.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

This course will equip you to pursue a career in government, international relations, business, media or education. Our graduates have gone on to roles including campaign organiser, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Officer, non-profit/NGO sector campaign officer, chief political advisor, journalists and researchers.

Further study

Graduates of the Master of US Studies who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.

Admission

Admission requirements

Entry in the 1, 1.5 or 2 year degree program is determined by the criteria below:

Admission to candidature for the Master of US Studies (2 years full-time) requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification

Admission to candidature for the Master of US Studies (1.5 years full-time) requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree in a cognate field (Law, Humanities, Social Science) with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) an accelerated bachelor's degree (completed over 2 years) in Science or Commerce or

(c) relevant professional experience equivalent to the Graduate Certificate in US Studies

Admission to candidature for the Master of US Studies (1 year full-time) requires:

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

(b) an Honours degree in a relevant discipline or

(c) relevant professional work experience and a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average 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.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

If you would like to apply through a University approved agent, visit Agents and Representatives.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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