M.A. in International Relations

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Our program exposes students to the realities of the political environment through a core curriculum covering political thought, international relations and comparative politics. A series of topical and regional electives present students with the opportunity to practice and sharpen critical skills on a variety of timely issues.

To earn the master's degree in international relations, students take a minimum of 12 courses (36 credits).

Required courses:

  • INR511: Philosophical Foundations of Politics (on campus in the fall and online in May-June)
  • INR512: Justice and Order in International Relations (on campus in the fall and online in January-March)
  • INR513: Comparative Political Development (on campus in the spring and online in July-August)
  • INR516: Identity, Harmony and Conflict (on campus in the fall and online in May-June)
  • INR531: Just and Unjust Wars (on campus in the spring and online in August-October)
  • INR533: International Political Economy (on campus in the spring and online in October-December)

Students also choose six of the following:

  • INR500: Research Methods (on campus and online in the fall, spring and summer)
  • INR522: Integration and Globalization Politics (online in March-May)
  • INR534: Environmental Justice
  • INR542: Dispute and Conflict Resolution (online in January-March)
  • INR552: Terrorism and Transnational Crime (on campus in the fall and online in March-May)
  • INR562: International Organizations and Law (self-paced)
  • INR571: International Human Rights (online in September-October)
  • INR572: Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Prevention and Responses (online in October-December)
  • INR586: Politics of the Middle East
  • INR590: Thesis
  • INR591: Independent Study
  • INR592: Topical and Regional Issues in International Relations
  • INR593: Topical and Regional Issues in Comparative Politics
  • INR598: Internship

With the program director's approval, up to three electives may be taken from administration of justice, business studies, health care administration and management, holistic studies, humanities or rehabilitation studies.

Individualized Concentrations

Matriculated students are welcome to develop a course concentration in an area that suits their educational and professional interests, such as homeland security, cybercrime or intelligence. Concentrations are conditional to the availability of sufficient relevant course offerings by other graduate programs.

To fulfill the requirements for a concentration, students may opt to complete three of their required electives by selecting available courses from another graduate program at the University. Students should discuss their plans for an individualized concentration with the program director.