Master of US Studies

The Master of US Studies is more than just a degree. It gives you unprecedented access to the academic and professional networks that the United States Studies Centre fosters in Australia and the United States. The program also offers exclusive capstone opportunities, such as an internship on Capitol Hill, as an experiential pathway to global professionalism.

Georgie Harrowell
“The Master of US Studies taught me to think differently. I came to realise how rigorously America as a nation implements laws, but it was the creation of these laws and how they were framed in class that most fascinated me. The mix of subjects ranging from US media to politics allowed me to fully understand and appreciate America from so many different angles. The course certainly inspired me to pursue a career working for the US government.” Georgie Harrowell, Master of US Studies

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 16 units of study (96 credit points), comprising:

  • one compulsory core unit
  • at least three core units
  • maximum of eight additional units, either core or elective
  • a capstone experience such as an internship, research thesis, or international program (this consists of four units of study).

The degree can be completed in two years with course reduction options for relevant study or full-time professional work experience.

Capstone experience

A capstone experience is an integral part of the master’s degree consisting of four units of study. Students are able to choose from three different tracks including internship, research, and international exchange to suit personal development goals.


Visit our scholarships page to learn more about the scholarships we offer for international and domestics students.

Entry requirements

A completed bachelor’s degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum 65 per cent credit average (or equivalent) is required for entry to the Master of US Studies.

Students without a credit average may be admitted to the Graduate Diploma or Certificate. Applicants without a bachelor’s degree may be considered for the Graduate Certificate with three years full-time employment in a relevant field.

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