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International Relations | MA

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The field of International Relations continues to develop rapidly in response to dramatic global changes. Our 36 credit MA in International Relations prepares you to evaluate and analyze relevant global issues and the approaches that governments take to deal with them. Grounded in history, skilled in the debates of the present, and able to anticipate patterns of future development, you will be crucial in shaping responses to global change. Our MA in International Relations is a practical program, preparing you to face the challenges of an evolving international political landscape. Coursework covers central issues such as globalization, international security, terrorism, international political economy, and American foreign policy.

Our program builds and integrates your intellectual interest and experience, small group dialogue, and interaction with theoreticians and scholar/practitioners in the field. The value of this experience, opportunity to network and apply knowledge developed through asynchronous interaction in the online classroom, all while earning academic credit, is at the heart of this degree program.

You will emerge with expertise in a range of contemporary issues, and will be well placed to begin or continue careers in the public and foreign policy fields.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of our MA in International Relations, you will be able to:

  • Develop a working knowledge of several sub-fields of the discipline such as international relations theory, comparative politics, area studies, and international security.
  • Carry out research in the broad field of international relations and related sub-topics.
  • Analyze international events and issues and propose options to resolve conflicts and policy matters in the international arena.
  • Apply and critique theories and models of international relations to the practice of international affairs.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and online communication skills.
  • Understand, analyze and propose resolutions to ethical issues in international relations.
  • Become effective practitioners in the field of international relations.
  • Write and present significant works of research and policy documents, as reflected in the preparation of a thesis or capstone at the end of the program.

For full program layout, including course descriptions, please visit the catalog.

Core Requirements for the Master of Arts in International Relations (16 credits)

  • PO 5250 International Relations Theory
  • PO 5410 International Political Economy
  • PO 5450 Advanced Seminar in US Foreign Policy: America in a Multi-Polar World
  • PO/HSEP 6950 Capstone Project

Elective Courses (20 credits)

Students are required to take 20 credits from the courses listed below. Elective courses are contingent on enrollment. All courses are 4-credits.

  • PO/HSEP 5850 International Security
  • PO/HSEP 5910 Terrorism
  • PO 6450 International Organizations
  • PO 5220 Regional Studies
  • PO 6560 Arms Proliferation and Collective Security
  • PO 6390 Human Rights and International Law

Special Topics Courses accepted as transfer credits from the United States Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training (8600 and 8900 course series):

  • PO5990 Small Wars and Regional Conflicts
  • PO5990 Cybersecurity and Electronic Warfare
  • PO5990 Warfare Operations and Leadership

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Allyson Goldman
Graduate Admission Counselor