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2020 Applying to Graduate School in International Affairs

Indiana University, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Languages and Social Awareness Combine to Train New Global Leaders

Successful candidates for the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University have advanced knowledge of at least one world language and are committed to a multidisciplinary approach to studying international affairs—or a particular area of the world.

One of the largest international affairs schools in the country, the Hamilton Lugar School leads the United States in Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, with more than 80 languages offered at the school and Indiana University. The prestigious US Department of Education‑funded FLAS fellowships carry generous stipends and tuition benefits and support the development of cultural fluency and global expertise in nearly every area of the world, including Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia and Central Asia.

“In making our admissions decisions, we look for intellectually curious leaders who are passionate about world languages, regional cultures, and global engagement, and are seeking a unique opportunity to develop deep expertise in their chosen field.” –Shruti Rana, Assistant Dean for Curricular and Undergraduate Affairs, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University

With 46 pathways at the Hamilton Lugar School, including master’s degrees, certificates, and PhD programs, and dual-degree options with professional schools, students can create their own path.

Training the next generation of leaders committed to global engagement is the central aim of the school, named for former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton and the late Sen. Richard G. Lugar, both Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients and two of the most influential foreign policy voices of their generation.

“Students graduate as emerging leaders and experts in their areas of study, with a remarkable depth of knowledge and experience in some of the most sought-after fields. Our graduates are among the top recipients of Boren Awards and other government fellowships, including Fulbrights. They hold positions in foreign, defense, and intelligence policy, and work at nongovernmental organizations, research organizations, and the private sector,” says Shruti Rana, assistant dean for curricular and undergraduate affairs and diversity officer.




Training in Social Awareness, Intercultural Sensitivity, Ethical Reasoning

The Hamilton Lugar School’s MA and MS degrees in International Studies train students in developing real-life leadership and on-the-ground skills to prepare for careers of international scope in the public and private sectors. The program aims to increase social awareness, foreign language competency, intercultural sensitivity, and the ability to reason ethically. This helps students develop into principled, pragmatic leaders capable of addressing global and security challenges such as climate change, migration and population growth, food and financial crises, and conflict, with an approach that promotes multiple perspectives.

Graduate Degree Program Options
The school offers 12 master’s degree programs and four graduate certificates. It also collaborates with five other Indiana University professional schools to offer dual-degree master’s programs.
More information: https://hls.indiana.edu/academics/graduate/masters

Deadlines for Fall 2021
(Application and Financial Aid/Scholarships)
International applicants: December 1, 2020
Domestic applicants: December 15, 2020–January 1, 2021 (deadlines vary by program)

Standardized Exam Scores: GRE requirements vary by each program. The TOEFL/IELTS is required for non-native English speakers.

Recommendation Letters: Three are required.

Application Checklist: https://hls.indiana.edu/apply