Master of US Studies

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

Develop a ‘T-Shaped’ model of learning, with a deep, unparalleled expertise in American politics, business, culture and society, and a complementary set of intersecting skills in a wide breadth of disciplines including music, film, history, marketing, finance, international business, economics, politics, foreign policy, military studies, media, and cultural / gender studies.

Use your depth of inquiry in American culture, business and politics to apply insights into global affairs, and gain high-level analytical research and writing skills that will complement professional placements and international opportunities that are exclusive to the degree.

The Master of US Studies is designed to allow students to cater a tailored skillset according to their professional needs, in areas such as:

· Policy analysis
· Cultural research
· Marketing
· Public relations
· Finance
· Media analysis
· Economics
· Narrative Journalism
· International Relations
· Extended research


Why study with us?

Draw on the outstanding resources and networks of the University’s United States Studies Centre (USSC), the world’s leading authority on United States / Asia-Pacific relations, and the top Centre of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The USSC hosts 110+ events annually, and offers unprecedented and exclusive access to distinguished scholars, policymakers and business leaders, as well as global think tank programs and the US diplomatic corps in Australia.

The program is carefully structured to allow an early development of specific expertise, a broad skillset across multiple disciplines, and an exclusive, catered capstone program.

As part of your capstone, you will be able to undertake an extended research dissertation, which can be used for entry in further higher degrees by research, or domestic and international professional placements designed to foster careers in one of three areas:

· Media
· Politics
· Business

The Master of US Studies is accredited by the Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association.

The Master of US Studies offers the following scholarships exclusively to its students:

· International Leaders Scholarship (international students only)
· Australia America Connection Scholarship (domestic students only)
· Diplomatic Link Scholarship (diplomatic visa / passport holders only)

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 Handbooks Online 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

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, MasterCard or American Express. 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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