MA in International Relations
The Graduate Arts and Sciences programs at the University of Indianapolis aims to educate students through course work in their chosen academic specializations; to promote professional development through professional practice opportunities; and to foster personal enrichment through participation in a community of learners.
These programs recognize differing goals and needs of students, who engage in further learning at a pace that suits student needs. The broad liberal arts goal of continuing and developing an appreciation of diverse cultures and heritages undergirds each graduate program.
The Program in International Relations
The University of Indianapolis is currently the only institution in Indiana to offer an International Relations degree at the Masters level. The program will provide students with knowledge and skills needed to become competent professionals in a variety of employment settings- academia, diplomacy, government agencies, multinational corporations, research institutions, NGOs and international organizations. Its purpose is to help students develop an understanding of international relations and to enable application of such knowledge in various fields. Students in the program are introduced to a survey of international relations concepts, theories, and approaches, which they can use to gain an understanding of the evolution and operation of the international system. The causes and resolution of international conflict, the relative and shifting political and economic power of states, the changing patterns of political development, and the increasing role of international organizations are 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, specifically through a required course in research design and methodology. Students are also exposed to a range of quantitative and qualitative methods. The program's approach is interdisciplinary offering courses in both history and political science. Finally, we encourage our students to acquire skills through real-world experiences. Credit can also be earned through a variety of study abroad opportunities, internships, and other experiential programs.
Applicants from outside the United States are welcomed. In recent years, the graduate program in International Relations has served international students from China, Egypt, Greece, India, Kenya, Russia, Pakistan, South Korea, and Turkey among others.
The International Relations program at the University of Indianapolis offers small classes and individualized instruction. Since most of our students work full time, the IR MA program classes are offered in the evening.
Students need not have an undergraduate degree in International Relations or Political Science to enroll in the program.
The University of Indianapolis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award master's degrees.
For regular admission to the program, the applicant must:
- Submit a transcript showing a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or submit a transcript showing the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree for students applying from outside the United States. All undergraduate course work must be documented by transcripts.
- Provide an official transcript for a completed undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, along with official transcripts of other undergraduate work and previous graduate study.
- Submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score acceptable to the Graduate Committee. The University code is 1321; and the Department code is 1901.
- Complete the application form provided by the program.
- Have three professors familiar with your academic work submit confidential letters of recommendation directly to the College of Arts and Sciences office.
- Submit an application fee of $30.