Master of Arts in International Relations

Khazar University

Program Description

Master of Arts in International Relations

Khazar University

Master of Arts in International Relations

The curriculum of the MA degree program in International Relations is designed to provide students with a broad analytical background in the major fields of international affairs, combined with the specific focus gained through either a functional or regional concentration.

The purpose of the required curricula is to ensure that every  student in the program receives basic, broad-based, interdisciplinary training in international affairs. This includes graduate level course-work in international politics, and historical, political, and social process.

The small number of students admitted each year allows the program to be tailored to individual needs and encourages close interaction between students and faculty. The program intends to provide a solid academic background for students planning careers related to development, whether in government, private volunteer agencies or business related sectors.

The courses, which were designed to supplement substantial and more theoretical aspects of the Master's curriculum, teach the ability to:

  •  analyze and forecast international events
  •  conduct strategic planning for organizations with a global scope
  •  lead, negotiate, and work in teams in a cross-cultural environment

The program of study is usually completed in four terms of full-time
study with 58 credits and GPA not less than 75. Besides basic  prerequisites (20 credits) there are five required courses (28 credits) and four elective courses (elective courses are listed below). Students concentrating in the regional studies need six courses in the two-year program. Ideally they should mix more policy oriented courses with those that have a more "classical" and historical bent, including the research seminar. The program does not cover particular countries as much as it examines a more general political and historical tradition that shapes the politics and life of this certain region. Students who choose the area sub-fields must pass one of the area language proficiency examinations.

Master Thesis (6 credits)

Master thesis must be an original research work related to the chosen field. The thesis topic will normally be chosen during the first semester. The Committee on Graduate Studies (CGS) must approve the faculty member who has agreed to direct the project.


BASIC PREREQUISITES (For all concentrations in International

  • INTR 210 History of Diplomacy 4
  • INTR 215 Theory of International Relations 4
  • INTR 220 International Organizations 4
  • INTR 310 Modern Diplomacy 4
  • INTR 340 Foreign Policy of Azerbaijan 4

REQUIRED COURSES (For each particular concentration): 26

Conflict Studies

  • INTR 530 Peace and Conflict Studies 4
  • INTR 531 International Conflicts 4
  • INTR 532 Case Studies in International Conflict 4
  • INTR 533 Negotiation: Theory and Practice 4
  • PLTS 460 Research Methods in Political Science 4
  • Thesis 6

European Public Affairs

  • INTR 502 Comparative Politics of the European Countries 4
  • INTR 503 Political Economy of the European Integration 4
  • INTR 504 Europe in World Politics 4
  • INTLAW 658 European Union Law 4
  • PLTS 460 Research Methods in Political Science 4
  • Thesis 6


  • INTR 345 Azerbaijani-Armenian Conflict 3
  • INTR 346 Azerbaijani Emigration 3
  • INTR 350 The Caucasus in World Politics 3
  • INTR 351 East Asia in Global Politics 3
  • INTR 370 Ethnic Conflicts 3
  • INTR 370 NATO and Security Problems 3
  • INTR 381 International Human Rights 3
  • INTR 410 Political and Economic Geography of World Countries 3
  • INTR 430 Prognostication in International Relations 3
  • INTR 475 Nation and Nationalism 3
  • INTR 480 Oil and Politics 3
  • INTR 507 Middle East in World Politics 3
  • INTR 511 Foreign Policy of Russia 3
  • INTR 517 Foreign Policy of Iran 3
  • INTR 521 Foreign Policy of the USA 3
  • INTR 525 Foreign Policy of Turkey 3
  • PLTS 220 Democracy: Theory and Practice 4
  • PLTS 225 Models of Democracy 3
  • PLTS 230 Modern Political Theories 4
  • PLTS 310 Political Systems and Institutions 4
  • PLTS 410 Political Prognostication 3
  • PLTS 510 Ethnic Politics 3
  • PLTS 515 Theory of Political Systems 4
  • INTLAW 470 The European System of Human Rights Protection


Other elective courses…

TOTAL 58 credits

Note: The School may also offer alternative courses to those listed above.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Azerbaijan Baku
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