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Master of US Studies

Overview

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)

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

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

  • a minimum of 6 credit points from core units of study; and
  • a minimum of 18 credit points from core elective units of study; and
  • 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; and
  • 24 credit points from capstone units of study.

Recognition of Prior Learning / credit for previous studies is available for this course, refer to Admission requirement below.

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.

Units of Study

Admission requirement

Entry in the 1, 1.5 or 2 year degree program is determined by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) criteria below:

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

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

  • completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in US Studies with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • an Honours degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • 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.

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.

Future study

Progress to Postgraduate Research. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences supports and pursues the University's goal of excellence in research, encouraging research of national and international standing, and identifying and enhancing fields of basic, strategic and applied research. Many of the Faculty's distinguished academic staff have recognised international standing and include Federation Fellows and Fellows of Learned Academies and Societies.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 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 increase


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 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 costs 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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