Master of Arts in International Relations

The Master of Arts (MA) in international relations enables students to analyze the complexities and processes involved in world politics and international affairs. Coursework provides exposure to the key subfields of the discipline and relevant issues such as globalization, human rights, humanitarian action and economic development. The program can help prepare students to compete for work with a governmental agency, an intergovernmental organization, a nongovernmental organization, or a multinational corporation. This program is also recommended for students planning to pursue a Ph.D. or an academic career at another institution.

The degree requires the satisfactory completion of 27 credit hours of the INTL curriculum and 9 credit hours of graduate electives for a total of 36 credit hours.

Webster also offers a Global MA program in international relations.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of several subfields of the international relations discipline.
  • Demonstrate strong research skills.
  • Critically analyze international events and issues.
  • Apply theories of international relations.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Program Curriculum

The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) degree in international relations must include the following courses:

  • INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives (3 hours)
  • INTL 6000 Capstone in International Relations (3 hours), or INTL 6250 Thesis* (6 hours) and INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirement* (0 hours)
  • Two courses from the Comparative Politics Cluster (6 hours)
  • Four courses from the International Politics Cluster (12 hours)
  • Additional graduate elective credit hours (9 hours)

*Students taking INTL 6250 Thesis (6 hours) must also register for INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirements (0 hours). INTL 6900 acknowledges the successful completion of all thesis requirements including conforming to university and departmental guideline as well as depositing the thesis in the University library.

*Students completing their degree at either the Vienna or Geneva campuses are required to complete INTL 6250 Thesis and INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirements to meet this requirement.

Comparative Politics Cluster (2 courses)

  • INTL 5050 Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5580 Politics of Development (3 hours)
  • INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5600 Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5625 Middle East Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5635 Western European Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5655 African Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5665 South and Central Asian Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5675 Central and Eastern European Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5685 Latin American Area Studies (3 hours)

International Politics Cluster (4 courses)

  • INGO 5000 Introduction to International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5530 International Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5535 International Disaster Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5545 The United Nations in International Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5560 U.S. Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5585 Food and Water Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5590 International Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5595 Energy Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5800 Globalization (3 hours)
  • INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5870 International Law and Politics of Outer Space (3 hours)
  • INTL 5890 Terrorism in World Politics (3 hours)
  • NTSC 5000 Introduction to National Security Studies (3 hours)

International Relations Elective Courses (3 courses)

Any additional courses from the two clusters above, or any of the following:

  • INTL 5300 Field Work (3-6 hours)
  • INTL 5500 Professional Seminars (1-3 hours)
  • INTL 5610 Non-Thesis Readings/Research (3 hours)
  • INTL 5900 Advanced Research Methods** (3 hours)
  • INTL 6500 Internship (3 hours)
  • Any other graduate elective course (3 hours)

Not all of the courses listed above will be available to students at all locations.

If a requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major.

**Advanced Research Methods may be substituted for a course in the Comparative cluster or in the International Politics cluster.

The required courses and electives listed in this core may be taken as directed studies, subject to the conditions stated in Directed Studies under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Course Requirements

Graduate Entry Requirements

  • Signed Application Form
  • Proof of English Proficiency:
    • TOEFL: PBT 550 | iBT 80
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • Pearson: 53
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Essay: 300-500 word essay on a topic of your choice
  • OR Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Certificate of Finance showing $Tuition plus $16,000
  • Copy of Passport ID Page
  • Official University/College Transcripts (for Transfer Students)
  • Some programs have additional entry requirements. Please contact your advisor for more information.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours of graduate credit, with grades of B- or better. In the MBA program and other specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 10, 2019
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