Department of International Studies at University of Oregon
Why you should consider this program
Our MA program offers students the opportunity to study critical global issues in a supportive interdisciplinary environment. Our program is especially strong in the areas of environment, gender, food studies, migration and refugees, humanitarianism, education and global health. Rather than completing a standard curriculum, students work closely with their faculty mentors to tailor their program to meet their own unique goals. Funding opportunities exist for primary research and/or internships both domestically and abroad. Our alumni go on to rewarding careers in nongovernmental organizations, community development, international education, and policy; many pursue PhDs.
The University of Oregon, a comprehensive public research university, has been serving the state, nation and world since 1876. Our motto, "We work at a human scale to generate big ideas," captures how we seek to enrich the human condition through exceptional teaching, discovery, and service.
We value our diversity and seek to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community.
The community of Eugene is known for its livability and active arts scene, along with its many parks, bike trails and beautiful riverfront. Eugene is one hour from the magnificent Oregon coast, and only minutes from mountains, forests, farms and vineyards.
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 33,748||$ 65,645||$ 0 + You receive additional benefits.|
|Out of state||$ 56,752||$ 88,649||$ 0 + You receive additional benefits.|
Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from
Full tuition waiver plus Graduate Employment and Health Insurance
Fellowships awarded per year (average)
Annual cost of living (estimated)
Application fee waived?Yes
All International Studies MA students undertake a field experience, such as an internship or research, for a minimum of ten weeks. Coverdell Fellows will work closely with faculty to identify an internship that furthers their professional aspirations while serving underserved American communities. They will have access to our faculty's extensive nationwide networks and will be assisted in their efforts to contact organizations and present the best possible case for acceptance as an intern. In addition, they will have access to our alumni network, a valuable resource for connecting students with opportunities. Organizations with which we have successfully placed students as interns or as employees include, for example, migrant education programs and other organizations serving vulnerable and at-risk youth, community gardens and food banks, organizations supporting incarcerated or recently incarcerated people, shelters and medical outreach for the homeless, refugee and immigrant support programs, and accessibility projects for persons with disabilities, among many others.
We regularly offer a course in professional development, covering skills such as networking and writing resumes and cover letters.
Additional professional support is available with the UO Career Center, which facilitates internship-relevant skills through informational and practice interviews, and has its own extensive listing of internship opportunities.
Jobs for program alumni
• Yelena Ablaeva – Director & Educational consultant, Study Abroad
• Laura Burbano, Graduate and Recruitment Specialist, Migrant Education Program (Lane ESD)
• Alejandra Cebreros – Multicultural Academic Advisor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
• Souphatta Chanphengxay – government official at the Bank of the Lao PDR
• Sara Clark – Mills International Center, University of Oregon
• Jean Baptiste Faye – Assistant Prof of Environmental Studies at Centre College
• Inara Fernandez – Stove Team International
• Samantha Gammons – Program Coordinator at Harvard Kennedy School
• Cara Gilpin – Assistant Director at University of North Carolina’s Study Abroad Office in Asheville, NC
• Brianne Holden -- Study Abroad Coordinator and Advisor, University of California, Davis
• Margaret (Margot) Jackson: Northwest Arkansas Council / Engage NWA
• Urooj Mughal: Regional Director, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine
• Caroline Nolan (Dezendorf): Science Education Specialist SF Bay Area
• Emilee Ohia – works for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
• Kelsey Lynn Provo – Immigration Attorney
• Adam Roberts -- USAID
• Najla Sabri: World Bank - operations analyst - Kabul, Afghanistan
• Sandra Sjogren: Program Manager at Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l'Homme (AEDH)
• Alexis Stickel: Director of Community Programs at Marion-Polk Food Share
• Joshua West: Director of Business, Career and Technical Programs, Sauk Valley Community College
• Heather Wolford – organizer with Oregon Higher Education Organizing Project (AFT)
- Statement of Purpose
- Choice: Either GRE or Written Essay
- Personal Statement/Written Essay
- Official College/University Transcripts
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
If you are a Returned Peace
Corps Volunteer (RPCV) and would like to be considered for the Coverdell
- Click “Yes” on the International Studies application, to confirm you are an RPCV and
- Upload your Description of Service (DOS) paperwork (Word .docx, PDF .pdf, or Image .jpeg).
If you are an RPCV who has returned within one year of your application to the International Studies M.A. Program, you may qualify for and may request an application fee waiver. You must make your request for the fee waiver before you submit your application. CLICK HERE for more information.
Mid to late September
Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started