The M.A. degree program can be tailored with considerable flexibility to meet the career needs of any particular student. Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (non-thesis) options are available. This program is especially useful for the student desiring a career in any of the non-academic fields in foreign affairs, such as international banking, international commerce, international journalism (foreign correspondent), or service with governmental agencies (such as the U.S. Department of State) or international organizations (such as the United Nations) in foreign affairs.
At least half of the 30-hour minimum for the M.A. degree must ordinarily be in one of the departments historically associated with the Patterson School. Each student is expected to take a methodology course in accounting or statistics at the graduate level. Most students will need three semesters to complete the 30 minimum hours for the M.A. degree. However, some students elect to remain for four semesters, going well beyond the 30-hour minimum, in order to obtain more breadth and/or depth in their desired fields of professional preparation. Students are strongly encouraged to serve a career-related internship obtained with the Patterson School's assistance. This internship will typically be scheduled in the summer between the first and second academic years in residence, but there is enough flexibility for it to occur at other times and in some cases to extend beyond the normal ten-week limit.
To assure the interdisciplinary character of the degree, the M.A. candidate is expected to take 12 to 15 hours distributed in at least two departments outside the major departmental concentration. Courses acceptable to the program include those dealing with interstate and cultural relations, foreign policy, national and regional development processes, and others related to the student's career goals as approved by the School. Course work may be concentrated in a specific geographical area such as Latin America, Asia, or Europe, or more broadly focused in certain topical or functional aspects of international affairs.
The student must pass a written and an oral examination covering work in three subfields of study, with these subfields to be defined for the student in consultation with the Patterson School's Director of Graduate Studies.
The M.A. degree offered by the Patterson School matches up well with other graduate and professional programs such as law, for those students who might desire extended postgraduate career preparation. However, the Patterson School M.A. degree does not match up well with a doctoral degree. Students who contemplate obtaining a Ph.D. are advised to proceed directly toward that goal.
A number of non-service Patterson School fellowships are available from the bequest of James K. Patterson, the first President of the University.
Application forms for admission and for fellowship assistance are available electronically at <www.uky.edu/rgs/patterson/> or may be requested by calling the Patterson School. GRE scores and official transcripts from each college or university attended are required by the Graduate School as part of the application procedure. In addition, each applicant is required to submit a brief statement (two or three pages, at most) explaining their special interest in the Patterson School program in terms of career goals, along with two academic letters of reference and two letters of character or employment reference to be mailed directly to the Director of the Patterson School. In addition, the Patterson School M.A. candidate must meet the Graduate School requirement for a reading knowledge of a modern foreign language in order to graduate.
DIP 700 DYNAMICS OF DIPLOMACY (3)
DIP 710 GREAT BOOKS OF WORLD POLITICS (3)
DIP 715 DEMOCRACY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (3)
DIP 720 ECONOMIC STATECRAFT (3)
DIP 730 CROSS-CULTURAL NEGOTIATION AND BARGAINING (3)
DIP 740 GLOBALIZATION (3)
DIP 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
DIP 750 DEFENSE STATECRAFT (3)
DIP 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)
DIP 777 RESEARCH PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3)
DIP 780 INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY (3)
DIP 795 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE (3)