Master of 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 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 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 in Australia. The centre offers unprecedented access to distinguished scholars, policymakers and business leaders.

The capstone experience of the Master of 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 Master of US Studies requires the satisfactory completion of:

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

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

(c) a maximum of 72 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.

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

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

For more information: http://ussc.edu.au/study/postgraduate

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

Admission to candidature for the Master of US Studies 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 or

(b) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in US Studies 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.

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).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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International students

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