Postgraduate Study


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Gain an international perspective and critical understanding of American politics, foreign policy, business, law, media, culture and society with the Master of US Studies at the University of Sydney.

A deep understanding of the United States and its role in the world, is essential to pursuing any career on the international stage. Whether your background is in the humanities, business, education or law, the Master of United States Studies will add an international dimension to your career.


University of Sydney students can enrol through Sydney Student

If you would like to apply for cross-institutional study, you can do so through the cross-institutional study application form.

If you would like to apply for non-award study, i.e. undertake one or more units of study for interest that will not count towards a degree, you can do so through the non-degree application form.

Some of these units can be completed as part of a University of Sydney Master of Commerce, Master of Cultural Studies, Master of International Business, Master of International Security, Master of International Studies, Master of Media Practice, Master of Peace & Conflict Studies, Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration.

The Master of United States Studies

Have you considered postgrad study?

The Master of US Studies is more than just a degree. You will have unprecedented access to the academic and professional networks that the United States Studies Centre has leveraged in Australia and the US. 

You will gain:

  • a deeper knowledge and understanding of US politics, culture and society
  • an understanding of America’s influence on the world and the world’s reaction to America
  • high-level analytical research and writing skills
  • a specialist understanding of current events in the US and the best sources for information and analysis.

The degree is jointly offered by the US Studies Centre and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

The US Studies Centre is a leading educational and think-tank institution for the study of the United States in Australia. By joining the program, you will have access to the Centre’s high-calibre networks, which include distinguished scholars, policy makers and business leaders.

The Centre also offers high-performing students the opportunity to take their study one step further by completing a semester of internship, research, or study through the advanced program, the Master of Letters in US Studies. Internship opportunities include working in congressional offices on Capitol Hill.

Course structure

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

The degree can be completed in one year of full-time study, or two to four years of part-time study. It consists of 8 units of study (48 credit points), comprising:

  • one compulsory core unit
  • three additional core units
  • four elective units

Learn more about the units offered

Other programs

Upon completion of the Master of US Studies with a minimum distinction average, students can apply to the advanced Master of Letters program.

Students who do not want to commit to a full Masters program, but want to gain a solid grounding in US Studies can enrol in the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in US Studies programs.

More information

For more information please contact:
Amelia Trial
Student Affairs Officer
Ph: +61 2 9036 5086

Apply now

Domestic and International applicants

Applications for Semester 1, 2015 entry close on 31 January 2015. To apply please submit an application on Sydney Student.


Student profiles

My postgrad study put me on the campaign trail

Patrick Batchelor

Master of United States Studies graduate, Patrick Batchelor, became a key weapon in US President Barack Obama's bid for re-election. Heading up the US Democratic Party's volunteer efforts in the state of Texas, Patrick says it all felt like an episode of the West Wing. Patrick's postgraduate study at the University of Sydney equipped him with the expertise to propel his career on to the international stage.

My postgrad study put me to work on Capitol Hill

Rebecca Armitage

As part of her Master of United States Studies, Rebecca Armitage put study into practice working as an intern on Capitol Hill. From a US congressional briefing about foreign journalists in Russia, to the plight of Roma people, Rebecca experienced first-hand the inner workings of US politics. A producer with ABC Radio’s International Desk, Rebecca says her postgraduate study gave her career in journalism an international edge.

My postgrad study led me to my dream job

Justin Burke

Looking for a career change after 10 years in business, Justin Burke signed up for the Master of United States Studies. A self-confessed “American politics junkie”, Justin was able to use his study to pursue his passion for writing and blogging. Upon graduating, Justin secured a position as a journalist at The Australian, and says that his postgraduate study gave him the competitive edge to land his dream job.

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Brendon O'Connor

Australia, the US, and the War on Terror

With Australia raising its terror alert level to high and Obama announcing a plan of action in the Middle East, debates about the alliance and its role in the War on Terror are re-emerging. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor joins an expert panel to discuss the next steps in Iraq and Syria.

Tom Switzer

Obama lays out plan for Iraq and Syria

Barack Obama's major address on his Islamic State strategy promised air strikes but can a satisfactory resolution be reached without ground troops? Research associate Tom Switzer joins a panel to read between the lines of the President's speech.

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