Graduate programs in the United States vary from school to school. Additionally,
some MA degrees require pre-requisite coursework and/or experience. We
recommend that applicants use the Internet to familiarize themselves with the
various types of programs offered by different schools, as well as to determine the
field of study best suited for their career goals and interests.
The Fulbright Program in Vietnam supports Master’s degrees in the Social Sciences
and Humanities. This list may not include the field you wish to study. If that is the
case, please contact the Fulbright in Vietnam to discuss your specific interest.
American Literature—focuses on literature and literary development, both formal
and folkloric, of the United States from the Colonial Era to the present. Includes
instruction in period and genre studies, author studies, literary criticism, and regional
and oral traditions.
American Studies—focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics
of the United States, including the flow of immigrants from other societies.
Programs tend to be interdisciplinary and may also include sociology and
Concentration areas include:
Banking—prepares individuals to perform a wide variety of customer services in
banks, insurance agencies, savings and loan companies, and related enterprises.
Includes instruction in communications and public relations skills, business
equipment operation, and technical skills applicable to the methods and operations of
specific financial or insurance services.
Finance—prepares individuals to plan, manage, and analyze the financial and
monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, or
other organizations. Includes instruction in accounting; financial instruments; capital
planning; funds acquisition; asset and debt management; budgeting; financial
analysis; and investments and portfolio management.
Management—prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the
functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in
management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and
other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production,
marketing, and business decision-making.
Marketing—prepares individuals to manage the process of developing consumer
audiences and moving products from producers to consumers. Includes instruction in
buyer behavior and dynamics, marketing research, cost-volume and profit
relationships, pricing theory, advertising methods, sales operations and
management, consumer relations, and retailing.
Communications (general)—an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the study
of the creation, transmission and evaluation of messages. Includes instruction in
communications regulation, law, and policy; media history; media aesthetics,
interpretation, and criticism; the social and cultural effects of mass media; cultural
studies; the economics of media industries; visual and media literacy; and the
psychology and behavioral aspects of media messages, interpretation, and
Public Relations—a program that focuses on the theories and methods for
managing the media image of a business, organization, or individual and the
communication process with stakeholders, constituencies, audiences, and the
general public. Includes instruction in public relations theory; related principles of
advertising, marketing, and journalism; message/image design; image
management; special event management; media relations; community relations;
public affairs; and internal communications.
Journalism— a program that focuses on the theory and practice of gathering,
processing, and delivering news and that prepares individuals to be professional print
journalists, news editors, and news managers. Includes instruction in news writing
and editing; reporting; photojournalism; layout and graphic design; web-based
media; journalism law and policy; professional standards and ethics; research
methods; and journalism history and criticism.
Community & Urban Planning—a program that prepares individuals to apply
principles of planning, analysis, and architecture to the development and
improvement of urban areas and surrounding regions, and to function as professional
planners. Includes instruction in principles of architecture; master plan development;
service, communications, and transportation systems design; community and
commercial development; zoning; land use planning; applied economics; policy
analysis; applicable laws and regulations; and professional responsibilities and
Economics—the study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources,
together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes
instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic
systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative
analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.
Economic Development—the systematic study of the economic development
process and its application to the problems of specific countries and regions. Includes
instruction in economic development theory, industrialization, land reform,
infrastructural development, investment policy, the role of governments and
business in development, international development organizations, and the study of
social, health, and environmental influences on economic development.
Environmental Health—prepares specialists to monitor environmental health
hazards and to manage environmental health programs. Includes instruction in
environmental and genetic toxicology, biohazard research, and testing and
Environmental Studies—the study of environment-related issues using scientific,
social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in
the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such
as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural
resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.
Educational Administration—the study of the principles and techniques of
administering a wide variety of schools and other educational organizations and
facilities, supervising educational personnel at the school or staff level. Includes
instruction in finance, faculty relations, student services and institutional research.
Fine & Performing Arts—prepares creative artists in the creation and
interpretation of art works and performances. May include instruction in the
traditional fine arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking) and/or modern media
(ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography); theory of art; color theory;
composition and perspective; and anatomy.
IT/Information Systems Management—prepares individuals to apply principles
of information technology, computer systems management, and business operations
to the planning, management, and evaluation of information services in
organizations. Includes instruction in systems planning and integration, information
policy, information security, contracting and purchasing, budgeting, information
technology, operations management, human resources, communications skills, and
applicable law and regulations.
International Relations—the study of international politics and institutions, and
the conduct of diplomacy and foreign policy. Includes instruction in international
relations theory, foreign policy analysis, national security and strategic studies,
international law and organization, the comparative study of specific countries and
regions, and the theory and practice of diplomacy.
Journalism – (see Communications)
Law (L.L.M or Master of Laws)—a one-year degree program for candidates who
have completed their first degree in Law. The curriculum includes the study of a
variety of legal topics in the American legal system. A key element is the instruction
of the common/case law system used in the U.S. The majority of LL.M participants
are international students seeking an understanding of the theory, history and
application of laws in the U.S. Areas of specialization include: International Trade,
Tax, Environmental, Intellectual Property and Human Rights law.
Library Science—includes instruction in the knowledge and skills required to
develop, organize, store, retrieve, administer, and facilitate the use of libraries and
related information and record systems, collections and facilities for research and
Public Administration—prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive
arm of local, state, and federal government; and that focuses on the systematic
study of executive organization and management. Includes instruction in the roles,
development, and principles of public administration; the management of public
policy; executive-legislative relations; public budgetary processes and financial
management; administrative law; public personnel management; professional
ethics; and research methods.
Public Policy—prepares individuals to analyze, manage and deliver public programs
and services. Includes instruction in the role of economic and political factors in
public decision-making and policy formulation; microeconomic analysis of policy
issues; resource allocation and decision modeling; cost/benefit analysis and
Public Health—prepares individuals to plan, manage, and evaluate public health
care services and to function as public health officers. Includes instruction in
epidemiology, biostatistics, public health principles, preventive medicine, health
policy and regulations, health care services and related administrative functions,
public health law enforcement, health education, health economics and budgeting,
public communications, and professional standards and ethics.
Social Work—prepares individuals for social welfare administration and counseling,
and the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable
individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work
planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures
and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family
services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) –-focuses on the
principles and practice of teaching English to students who are not proficient in
English or who do not speak, read or write English, and prepares individuals to
function as teachers and administrators in such programs.
Women’s Studies/Gender & Development –-focuses on the history, sociology,
politics, culture, and economics of women, and the development of modern feminism
in relation to the roles played by women in different periods and locations in North
America and the world. Programs are often part of another disciplinary program,
including public policy, sociology, or literature.