MAS Transborder Studies

Are you interested in immigration, migration and border issues in the U.S. or beyond? Do you want to work with border communities? This unique program will prepare you with an understanding of transborder, transnational, and border issues locally, nationally and internationally.

Program Description

Degree Awarded: MAS Transborder Studies

This MAS program in transborder studies is designed for students interested in border issues and communities. Students will learn from interdisciplinary scholars, both in the social sciences and humanities, in order to develop their individualized plan of study and focus area. 

The program has historically been grounded in and inspired by the geographical specificity of the U.S.-Mexico border. Given the massive scale of globalization in the 21st century and its influence on local, regional, national, subnational, and international environments, the program examines transborder regions and populations around the world, including metaphorical, linguistic, and cultural borders, as well as patterns and implications of immigration and migration. 

At a Glance: program details

Application Deadlines

Session Modality Deadline Type
Session A/C In Person 01/01/23 Priority
Session A/C In Person Rolling
Session A/C In Person 04/01/23 Final

Complete applications will continue to be reviewed after the priority deadline, every two weeks until April 1. Incomplete applications after April 1 will not be considered.  

Degree Requirements

30 credit hours and a thesis, or
30 credit hours including the required applied project course (TSS 593), or
30 credit hours including the required capstone course (TSS 596)

Required Core (6 credit hours)
TSS 502 Foundations of Transborder Studies (3)
TSS 504 Theories and Methods for Transborder Research (3)

Electives (18 or 21 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 or 6 credit hours)
TSS 593 Applied Project (3) or
TSS 596 Transborder Studies Capstone (3) or 
TSS 599 Thesis (6)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in the social sciences, humanities, sciences, health, education, business or professional field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. writing sample
  5. resume or curriculum vitae
  6. three letter of recommendation (colleagues or professors, at least one from a professor)
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information:
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. For more information, students should visit

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Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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