The master of arts in international relations (M.A.I.R.) is designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to critically analyze and assess global affairs.
Our faculty members are accomplished scholars who are widely published and respected in the field. Many are also policy experts, bringing their real-world experience as executives, consultants, and advisors with international organizations (such as the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Bank, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and the International Court of Justice) to the classroom. Their relationships in both the academic and diplomatic worlds open doors to distinctive learning experiences, practica, and internships for our students.
As a busy graduate student in international relations, you can customize your degree to fit your schedule by taking a mix of in-classroom and online courses. The program also extends to eight of Webster’s international locations, which means you can study abroad, gaining in-depth exposure to different cultures and socio-political environments. You will graduate with a crucial mix of classroom education and real-world experiences, a combination of skills that employers seek out in the field of international relations.
Why Webster Athens?
Webster Athens brings the best of American education to Greece. We are the only fully owned and controlled (academically and financially) accredited campus of a US university in Greece.
Seize the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime high-quality academic adventure.
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Points of Distinction
Graduate courses in international relations are offered online, face-to-face, and at Webster’s global campuses and study abroad locations in: Geneva, Switzerland; Vienna, Austria; Leiden, the Netherlands; Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing, China; Accra, Ghana; Athens, Greece; and Havana, Cuba.
Students can complete their M.A.I.R. degree on a full- or part-time basis.
Webster proudly participates in the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Yellow Ribbon GI Education Program which helps military students avoid out-of-pocket tuition and fees that may exceed the Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit.
Unique fieldwork/internship opportunities offer students valuable international relations experience outside the classroom.
Classes are small and discussion-oriented, and students are individually mentored by their professors and advisors throughout their degree.
Faculty members are accomplished scholars and experts in foreign policy, economics, international security, human rights, and international law and organizations.
Program Curriculum (36 Credit Hours)
The M.A.I.R. program enables students to analyze the complexities and processes involved in world politics and international affairs. Coursework will provide you with a depth and breadth of knowledge relating to international security, international political economy, development, and human rights. You will also explore topics such as terrorism, international organizations, international law, and comparative politics.
Global Study Opportunities
In addition to taking classes online or at military or metro campus locations, you may opt to take classes towards your degree at the following global locations:
Leiden, the Netherlands
Join the Webster World Travelers Program, and you could receive FREE roundtrip airfare to one of our international study abroad sites!
Considering International Relations as a Dual Major?
Earning an MA in international relations exposes you to the study of economics, law, policy, development, and security. Even if you’ve already pinpointed a career path you’d like to follow in business, government, or the nonprofit sector — a graduate degree in international relations can boost your chances of landing a job you will love. You will refine both your qualitative and quantitative analysis skills and gain insight into how and why international events can impact our daily work in fields such as finance, business, engineering, or computer science. Call or visit us for more details on how a dual major can improve your job competitiveness!
Webster’s international relations graduates put their education to work for them in careers such as:
Political Officer, American Embassy, Tel Aviv
Independent Communications Consultant
Founding Partner at Language Gateway, Inc.
Captain, United States Army
Investment Promotion Officer, Trade Office of the Republic of Ecuador, Chicago, Illinois
As a M.A.I.R. student, you are able to take advantage of Webster’s Mentorship Program, which provides you with a mentor’s practical career knowledge and guidance in a field matching or closely-related to your interests. For a period of six months, mentors help you gain practical insight into life after graduation and inspire you to achieve your own success.
“Webster has a very tight-knit and close community that I appreciate. I particularly enjoy the relationships that I can form with the professors of the courses that I take.”
Graduate International Relations student
“I loved the culture, the people, the life you live and how you live. Perspectives are different and life is more! Enjoying the little things and the moments spent with people worth being around. Learning Greek was really helpful and a fun class. The location of everything was excellent. Extracurricular activities and the excursions were amazing! Just Bravo!! I’ll be back eventually..”
Joseph Elking, Senior business management student, Webster University
Please check our Webster International Viewbook for more information.