Over the past two decades, the Commonwealth has become deeply integrated into the global economy. Today's politics and business are both local and global, demanding ever more complex professional training. In response, the Patterson School and the Gatton College of Business and Economics offer the opportunity for students to pursue concurrently both the MA in Diplomacy and International Commerce and the MBA degrees, or the Patterson degree and a master's in Economics. Patterson/MBA and Patterson/MA-Economics students are typically able to complete both degree programs in five semesters. Students must meet the admission requirements of and apply to the two programs independently.
The practice of diplomacy and international commerce has become increasingly embedded in domestic and international legal regimes. As a result, there is a growing need for professionals trained in both international affairs and law. This dual degree program offers both the MA in Diplomacy and International Commerce and the JD degrees in four years instead of the four and one-half years that would be required if the degrees were pursued separately. To earn the JD/MA, the students must satisfy the requirements of both the law college and the Patterson School. Students must apply formally and independently to both programs and must meet the admissions standards of each.
"World languages" such as French and German, when coupled with the professional skills the Patterson School offers, can open the door to rewarding careers. French (an official UN language) is particularly useful in development and diplomatic work, while German remains significant for business. Additional general information can be found here. Combinations may also be possible for students pursuing an MA in Teaching World Languages or in Teaching English as a Second Language.
Expansion in global communication, travel, and trade has increased the need for professionals who understand the ever-increasing range of public health issues that transcend international borders. This program produces graduates with international, interdisciplinary skills in areas such as disease and injury prevention, health care, and other health-related disciplines. With careful selection of classes and a health-related overseas internship, both the Patterson School degree and certificate program can be completed in the normal 18-month period. Interested students should explore early certificate requirements (PDF) and approved coursework (PDF).
The Graduate Certificate in International Education prepares graduate students for careers in international education, including but not limited to education abroad, international student services, and placement in other international organizations which support the exchange of students in higher education. This certificate is designed for any University of Kentucky graduate student wishing to enhance their graduate degree. The curriculum combines nine hours of core courses and six hours of elective coursework. Students receive a foundation in comparative higher education, organization and administration in higher education, and student services. Through elective courses appropriate to student interests, students will develop a regional area of cultural expertise and participate in at least one professional vocational experience with an emphasis on developing skills in evaluation/assessment, management, and program development.