M.A. in International Relations

University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus

Program Description

M.A. in International Relations

University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus

M.A. in International Relations

Thank you for expressing interest in the M.A. Program in International Relations offered by the University of Indianapolis in Athens.

The field of international relations makes the global setting its subject rising to the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Within the M.A. program, students have the opportunity to develop new critical thinking skills, as it combines a study of current theories with practical application of these theories in a wide range of professional settings.

All classes are held at our convenient central Athens Campus near Syntagma Square. Courses are offered in the evening to minimize conflicts for those with demanding work schedules. M.A. students are also required to attend an intensive summer session at our home campus in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

We hope that you will find the M.A. in International Relations to be an interesting and challenging program.  We look forward to discussing our program further with you in the context of your background and special interests.

Aims and Philosophy of the Program

Nowadays knowledge of the international environment is critical to many career paths. In a rapidly changing world, global politics
have entered a new phase. International organizations are striving to assume a new role and respond to new challenges.

Governments, from the city to the national level, are becoming aware that many policies have an international component. A growing number of businesses are developing significant interests overseas. Demand for people with knowledge and research skills in international fields is rising significantly. Our unique program can give you the knowledge and skills to meet these demands, either within your career path or as the beginning of a new one.

The Master of Arts in International Relations program aims at preparing students to work in a global workplace, providing them with the necessary expertise. It will supply students with the knowledge and skills needed for them to become competent professionals in a variety of employment settings such as diplomacy, government agencies, international organizations, multinational corporations, banking, tourism, shipping and journalism. Students will attain a broad understanding of the political, social, and economic evolution of the international system in the twenty first century. The role of law, business and diplomacy in the international system will form a vital part of this understanding. The relative political and economic power of states, the role of international organizations, and the existence and resolution of conflict will be central to the course of study.

In addition to a base of knowledge built into the substance of the curriculum, students are taught a range of skills necessary for further research and inquiry into international issues and are encouraged to acquire additional skills through real-world experiences. In this way, students are exposed to an interdisciplinary academic perspective on world affairs. They can also earn credit toward the International Relations M.A. degree through a variety of study-abroad and internship programs.

The duration of the program will normally be 18 months, or until the student has completed the minimum of 36 credits. The program includes a four-week international seminar in the United States. As part of the same trip, short stays are arranged in key policy centers such as New York, Washington, Brussels, London or Geneva, allowing students to visit the United Nations and European Union headquarters and international organizations.


Core Courses

  • Foreign Policy Analysis 3 credits
  • Twentieth Century World Politics 3 credits
  • International Relations Theory 4 credits
  • Public International Law 3 credits
  • International Seminar 3 credits
  • M.A. Thesis 6 credits

Elective Courses

  • International Peace and Security Studies 3 credits
  • Topics in International Economics 3 credits
  • International Conflict and Conflict Resolution 4 credits
  • Diplomacy and International Negotiations 4 credits
  • International Political Economy 4 credits
  • Communication and the Mass Media in International Relations 3 credits
  • European Integration and Institutions 3 credits
  • Current European Issues 3 credits
  • Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Studies 3 credits
  • China and the World at the Threshold of the Third Millennium 3 credits
  • Graduate Internship 3 credits
  • Special Topics in International Relations 3 credits
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
18 months
Start date Sept. 2017
Greece Athens
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Duration 18 months
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