Graduate Diploma in US Studies

USSC postgraduate students

Students who do not want to commit to a full master’s program but want to gain a solid grounding in US Studies can enrol in the Graduate Diploma program.

The degree is jointly offered by the United States Studies Centre and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. By joining the program you will have access to the Centre’s high-calibre networks, which include distinguished scholars, policymakers, and business leaders.

Course structure

After completing core units, the program will allow you to choose from a wide range of electives.

The degree consists of 8 units of study (48 credit points), comprising:

  • one compulsory core unit
  • at least three core units
  • maximum of four additional units, either core or elective

Entry requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in US Studies requires:

  • a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 60 per cent average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • completion of the Graduate Certificate in US Studies with a minimum credit (65 per cent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

Upon satisfactory completion of the Graduate Diploma or Certificate, students may matriculate into the master’s program.

International students must also satisfy the following English language requirements for entry: IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in Reading and Writing and a minimum 6.0 in Listening and Speaking) or IBT 100 (minimum of 24 in Writing and 22 in all other bands).

How to apply

Both domestic and international students must apply through the University of Sydney. For more information, visit the University of Sydney website.

For more information

More information about the program is available on the University of Sydney website.

Postgraduate coordinator

Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor