MA Programs in International Relations

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International Relations

A Master of Arts degree can help graduates gain a competitive edge in today’s competitive job market. A master’s degree can help students stand out from other job candidates, or a master’s degree can be used as a stepping stone before applying to doctoral level programs.

What is an MA in International Relations? An advanced degree in international relations prepares students for developing and fostering relationships with people from around the world. While some students may choose to focus on a particular geographic area, such as Asian or African studies, others may pursue a more diverse skill set in language and international development. Students will gain knowledge of global affairs, diplomacy, law and international policy by obtaining a Masters of Art in International Relations.

Those who wish to begin a career in international relations will benefit from obtaining a higher degree. Individuals with an MA in International Relations have the ability to excel in the industry due to their proficient knowledge and abilities in the field. When applying for a position in this highly-competitive industry, those with a Masters of Art in International Relations may be more qualified for higher positions in the sector.

The cost of a master’s degree in International Relations varies greatly depending on which school the student chooses to attend. Details, such as which country the school is located in and the history of the establishment, will also have an effect on the price of tuition. Some students may be eligible for financial aid to help with academic expenses.

People who graduate with an MA in International Relations may work with some of the most prestigious political advisors and companies in the world. Career opportunities include positions with reputable international corporations and organizations, foreign and domestic governments, finance and banking institutions, consulting, research organizations, and public interest sectors.

 

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M.A. International Relations

Webster University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Saint Louis

The master's degree in international relations at Webster University is unique for a number of reasons. Students are able to take advantage of Webster’s global footprint by studying abroad at Webster campuses throughout the world and are taught by faculty who are noted scholars and practitioners in the field. [+]

MA Degrees in International Relations. The master's degree in international relations at Webster University is unique for a number of reasons. Students are able to take advantage of Webster’s global footprint by studying abroad at Webster campuses throughout the world and are taught by faculty who are noted scholars and practitioners in the field. International relations students at Webster have gone on to work for Meds for Kids, Boeing, ABB, Enterprise, the Associate Ministry of Coordination and Competitiveness in Ecuador, the United States Army, and as a preparatoria teacher in Honduras. Other graduates have gone on to practice law and work in academia (for example, at Washington University in St. Louis). 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. Course 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. [-]

MA in International Relations and Global Communications

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

We live in a communications-saturated world where 24-hour news coverage, access to the internet and the use of social media have become the norm for millions of people. Global events are instantly reported by the news media, analysed and interpreted by them and millions of ordinary citizens. [+]

We live in a communications-saturated world where 24-hour news coverage, access to the internet and the use of social media have become the norm for millions of people. Global events are instantly reported by the news media, analysed and interpreted by them and millions of ordinary citizens. These developments challenge the traditionally secretive practices of international diplomacy and the ability of governments to control information whilst also creating powerful new tools for propaganda; they enhance the importance of cultural or ‘soft’ power in international relations and they have also transformed the nature of warfare. This course is run by the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy in conjunction with the Department of Information and Communication. Features and benefits of the course The chance to develop a sophisticated understanding of contemporary international relations and key developments in ICTs and of the interaction between the two. The opportunity to develop a wide range of analytical and work-related skills such as oral and group presentations, report and policy-paper writing. Individual support available throughout the course. ABOUT THE COURSE This programme combines the study of contemporary international relations with that of key developments in global communications and ICTs. In so doing it adds an extra dimension to the study of international relations which provides graduates with deeper insights than those doing traditional MAs in International Relations. We will provide you with the knowledge, methods and techniques to effectively engage with and critically evaluate the interaction between these two areas of study. Typical units of... [-]

MA International Relations

Regent’s University London
Campus Full time 12 - 14 months September 2017 United Kingdom London

This programme examines the complexities and processes involved in world affairs. The relationships between states, international institutions, international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and non-state operators are explored and analysed extensively. [+]

MA Degrees in International Relations. This programme examines the complexities and processes involved in world affairs. The relationships between states, international institutions, international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and non-state operators are explored and analysed extensively. You will take an interdisciplinary approach to your studies, integrating historical examples and theories from areas such as international relations, international political economy, sociology, psychology and history. Why should I choose this programme? Traditional issues such as war and peace, strategy and diplomacy are still at the heart of world affairs. However, the issues of human rights, climate change and the environment, migration, globalisation, global civil society, terrorism and many others present even more complex and intriguing challenges which future scholars and practitioners of international relations will have to address. The programme aims to prepare you for an exciting career in the fast-moving and uncertain world of global politics, able to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Key skills, aims and objectives You will gain A deep analytical understanding of key sub-fields and theories of International Relations as a discipline The ability to identify major operators and institutions of international relations and their functions Analytical understanding of international issues from a range of perspectives The ability to evaluate decision-making processes, including moral and ethical implications A familiarity with foreign cultures and languages Future opportunities Graduates of this programme are not limited to a single career path. It will prepare you for a number of careers in areas such as diplomacy, international business, economics, history, law and political... [-]

MA Research Methods (Politics and International Relations)

Durham University
Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This degree is offered in collaboration with other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health and is designed to provide a strong all-round training in research methods allied to further specialisation within the field of politics and international relations/studies. [+]

Description This degree is offered in collaboration with other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health and is designed to provide a strong all-round training in research methods allied to further specialisation within the field of politics and international relations/studies. It is assumed that in taking this MA, you do so with the intention of proceeding to a PhD in Politics or International Relations. It has received official recognition from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and eligible candidates can apply for (ESRC) (1+3) studentships. The programme includes compulsory elements in a wide variety of techniques including statistics and quantitative methods, but contains less subject-specific content than the other MA courses. Core Modules: Perspectives on Social Research Dissertation Optional Modules: Optional modules in previous years have included: Statistical Exploration and Reasoning Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science Applied Statistics Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science Fieldwork and Interpretation International Theory International System Additional Optional Modules: European Institutions and the Policy Process The European Union as a Global Actor German Foreign Policy Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain Since 1850 Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought European Security International Relations and Security in the Middle East Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation Just War in Political Theory and Practice Politics, Government and Civil Society in the Middle East The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy Region,... [-]

MA in International Relations: European Integration

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 Netherlands Groningen Leeuwarden + 1 more

European Integration is one of six tracks within the Master's degree in International Relations. [+]

MA Degrees in International Relations. What does the future hold for the European Union? Are its founding ideals of peace and prosperity strong enough to overcome public distrust about further integration? Find out in this programme. European Integration is one of six tracks within the Master's degree in International Relations. European integration is a unique phenomenon. Nowhere else in the world have national states decided to a such a far-reaching form of cooperation and 'pooling' of resources as has been the case within the framework of the present-day European Union. Despite the problems the EU is facing nowadays, the economies and currencies, and to a certain extent also the political and social systems of the member countries, have become 'Europeanised' to a considerable extent. This fascinating development is studied in the specialization European Integration in Groningen. Programme 1 year This track within the Master's degree programme International Relations is 60 ECTS. The basic element is the module Advanced Theory of International Relations. This module must be followed by all students. You choose two research seminars (at least one of which in European Integration) and a Capita European Integration, all in your first semester. During your second semester, you will write a Master thesis (in the field of European Integration) and you will do an internship. Programme options Master's placement (specialization) A placement is a recognised component of this Master's track. You can propose yourself at what organisation you would like to do a placement and where necessary the programme can... [-]

MA in Political Science

Sabanci University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Turkey İstanbul

The graduate program in Political Science at Sabancı University provides integrated training at MA and PhD levels. The program offers a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the major fields of Political Science and provides the students with a rigorous conceptual framework, basic analytical tools and sound methodological training in the discipline. [+]

The graduate program in Political Science at Sabancı University provides integrated training at MA and PhD levels. The program offers a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the major fields of Political Science and provides the students with a rigorous conceptual framework, basic analytical tools and sound methodological training in the discipline. The program covers the major fields of Political Science (Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory) and offers a rich set of specialization possibilities. With a thematic concentration on Turkish Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, and European Politics, the program stands out among its competitors in Turkey by its courses and faculty members specializing in formal theory and the production and analysis of quantitative evidence. While some graduates of the MA program choose to pursue their careers in business, public administration or other professions, others enroll in PhD programs abroad or they move up to our integrated PhD program. The admission decisions concerning MA students are made by a committee consisting of the members of the graduate program in Political Science. The committee makes its decisions taking into account (a) the applicant's performance in the "PhD gateway exam", and (b) the applicant's general performance in the courses in the field. PhD Gateway Exam The applicants to the PhD program in Political Science at Sabancı University must pass (in their first attempt) an anonymous and written "gateway" exam which is offered twice during the academic year. This exam assesses the applicants' ability to write coherent and meaningful essays reflecting their grasp of... [-]

MA in Cultural Diplomacy and International Sport/Music/Events

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) - The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 Germany Berlin United Kingdom Scotland + 2 more

The MA degrees in Cultural Diplomacy and International Sport/Music/Events are one year programs offered by the University of West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy [+]

MA Degrees in International Relations. One Year MA Program in International Music & Cultural Diplomacy One Year MA Program in International Sport & Cultural Diplomacy One Year MA Program in International Events & Cultural Diplomacy The Degree Programs are offered by the University of West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy About The MA Degree in in International Music & Cultural Diplomacy The opportunity exists to create a programme to educate professionals who intend to become involved in international diplomatic relations which function using the “soft power” of music. These individuals may be involved in planning and co-coordinating the staging of international live events (International music festivals, opening ceremonies for international sports events), recording or broadcast of international music projects (War Child charity, Eurovision Song Contest) or managing long-running cross-border / cross-cultural initiatives (Nerve Centre in Derry, British Council music events). These projects often work across boundaries where trade and political diplomacy have failed, hence retaining communication channels and inter-cultural connections. The emerging professional requires not just an understanding of music and diplomacy but also entrepreneurship, the global music industries, social media communication and distribution platforms, project management, negotiation skills, language skills and team management abilities. In addition to this they may find themselves working with local and national governments. They should therefore also be able to communicate clearly and effectively and understand the language of policy and exchange. The work may be focused on raising national prestige on a global stage, social re-generation, multi-culturalism... [-]

Master in International Relations in Historical Perspective

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The international political stage is much like a game of chess between multiple players. During the course of this Master’s programme you will gain a greater understanding of the parties involved, and prepare yourself for a future as a participant in the game of global politics. [+]

Judged Best In The Field Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2015 The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2015 ranked Utrecht University’s International Relations in Historical Perspective programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands. Elsevier Best Studies Top Rated Programme In this year's Elsevier Best Studies Survey, students have also rated International Relations as the best programme. Explore complex issues in modern international relations Will the EU become a union under German leadership? Are we heading for a new Cold War with Russia? Have the Asian superpowers surpassed their former colonial rulers? Does the current climate of increasing international competition and growing nationalism still allow enough space for ethical norms and values such as human rights? How can terrorist violence be countered? Is it possible to control such violence with warfare and the optimal use of ‘intelligence’? The international political stage is much like a game of chess between multiple players. During the course of this Master’s programme you will gain a greater understanding of the parties involved, and prepare yourself for a future as a participant in the game of global politics. Bridging history and political science Political theory is an important tool in the analysis of international developments. In order to fully understand those developments, however, you need a wider historical viewpoint. Nothing is without its history – and while history never repeats itself exactly, you can learn a great deal from it. By bridging history and political science, the Master of International Relations in Historical... [-]

M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations

Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2017 USA South Orange

At the School of Diplomacy, students evolve from consumers of information to producers of knowledge — immediately ready to contribute to a variety of fields. Our customizable academic program builds essential skills and helps students cultivate a deep understanding of who they are and how they can have a positive impact on the complex, interdependent world they've inherited. [+]

MA Degrees in International Relations. At the School of Diplomacy, students evolve from consumers of information to producers of knowledge — immediately ready to contribute to a variety of fields. Our customizable academic program builds essential skills and helps students cultivate a deep understanding of who they are and how they can have a positive impact on the complex, interdependent world they've inherited. We work collaboratively with students to shape practical learning opportunities such as internships, international study seminars and original research projects; students apply their knowledge and skills in international relations directly to real-world situations. With guidance from faculty mentors, students turn academic projects into published works that advance new ideas, discuss current issues with United Nations officials and much more. BY THE NUMBERS 110 Average Graduate Student Enrollment 20 Countries Represented 600+ Internship Partner Hosts 5 Ranking in Forbes’ “Best Master Degree for Jobs" Curriculum As a diplomacy student, you'll have the opportunity to take classes and complete professional projects with former ambassadors, United Nations officials, practicing judges and attorneys. Your classroom experience will hone your skills in policy analysis, negotiation and conflict management, professional writing and research methods and help you build expertise in one or more areas of specialization. But you won't just study — you'll actually practice — diplomacy and international relations. Our required internship program capitalizes on our proximity to New York City and presence in Washington, D.C., providing you with access to the United Nations, private firms, government and international nonprofit organizations. You'll... [-]

MA Program in International Relations (Non-Thesis)

Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Campus Full time September 2017 Turkey İstanbul

The goal of the non-thesis MA program in International Relations is to fulfill an important need by providing the appropriate training for students who do not plan to be academics or researchers but plan to pursue applied careers focused on policy making as experts of international relations in national or international organizations. [+]

Non-Thesis MA Program in International RelationsThe goal of the non-thesis MA program in International Relations is to fulfill an important need by providing the appropriate training for students who do not plan to be academics or researchers but plan to pursue applied careers focused on policy making as experts of international relations in national or international organizations. In a world that increasingly looks multipolar, state and non-state actors in emerging powers including Turkey must establish multiple and multifaceted relations with other state and non-state actors. This can only be managed and accomplished successfully by professionals with adequate training and expertise. Thus, there is a growing need to educate and employ in public and private sectors professionals who are experts in international relations, self-confident on a global scale, and equipped with analytic and communication skills necessary to manage multifaceted institutonal relations. Even if these prpfessionals do not develop theories and conduct research themselves, they need to be able to follow, understand and adequately interpret research in their own areas. Hence, Koç University non-thesis MA program in International Relations is designed to fulfill this need by educating students who will develop these qualities without spending time to research and write a thesis.In Koç University non-thesis MA program in International Relations, students will focus on developing these applied skills by taking three additional courses instead of writing a thesis, and still be able to complete the program and start their cereers at least one semester earlier than the students in the with-thesis program.... [-]


MA in Diplomacy and Global Governance

Vesalius College
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Belgium Brussels

This unique one-year Master’s programme provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of diplomacy and global governance. [+]

MA Degrees in International Relations. MA in Diplomacy and Global Governance A one-year intensive MA Programme This unique one-year Master’s programme provides students and professionals with comprehensive knowledge and policy-oriented skills at the intersection of diplomacy and global governance. Both diplomacy and global governance are important institutions of the international order; but they are also the institutions undergoing permanent processes of change in the modern and at times turbulent world. No institution has undergone greater change in both our theoretical understanding of it and the nature of its day-to-day practice in the last several decades than diplomacy. No process has become more important than our ability, or often lack of it, to engage on transnational policy making by international collective action problem solving while at the same time becoming so highly contested and politicized. We face a permanent challenge to govern ourselves beyond the territory of the nation state, and hence face the importance of understanding the expectations and limits of global governance and diplomatic skills. The degree is designed and taught by a network of leading international academics from top universities and think tanks as well as senior policy-makersfrom international organisations, and provides both theoretical foundations and practical skill-sets for students interested in international careers in diplomacy, government, international organizations, think tanks and NGOs. With its strong links to the policy-making world and university/think tank partners in Brussels, wider Europe, US and Asia, the programme can offer students a truly global exchange between theory and practice. By deliberately bringing... [-]

Master of Arts in Intelligence

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

This program will focus on the cutting edge missions, methods, and organizational arrangements of intelligence in general, and US intelligence in particular. It will focus on the four major elements of intelligence – collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action – and their application abroad. [+]

Program Objectives This program will focus on the cutting edge missions, methods, and organizational arrangements of intelligence in general, and US intelligence in particular. It will focus on the four major elements of intelligence – collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action – and their application abroad. Similarities and differences with intelligence inside the US will also be included. The program will also focus on the interdependence of the symbiotic relationships between the elements of intelligence and interrelationships with other national security practitioners at many levels of policymaking and implementation – from grand strategy formulation to enhancing military strength and guile as in Information Operations. Graduates of this degree program will be able to: Articulate the strategic significance, aims, strategy, tradecraft and culture of the elements of intelligence and evaluate the profession of each element, and the skills and aptitude required for this work. Anticipate current and future security challenges, identify opportunities for effective use of intelligence, and lessons learned about how intelligence as both an input into policy and as an instrument of policy may be able to advance US interests globally and regionally. Identify how major tensions inside liberal democracy with secret intelligence are reconciled through institutional checks and balances, oversight, press freedom, and public education. [-]

MA in European Master Course TEMA European Territories

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Hungary Budapest

The 2-year-long (120 ECTS) European Master Course TEMA European Territories (Civilisation, Nation, Region, City): Identity and Development proposes the analysis of political use and scientific representation of territorial units (civilization, nation, region, city) in an interdisciplinary, research-based curriculum. [+]

MA Degrees in International Relations. The 2-year-long (120 ECTS) European Master Course TEMA European Territories (Civilisation, Nation, Region, City): Identity and Development proposes the analysis of political use and scientific representation of territorial units (civilization, nation, region, city) in an interdisciplinary, research-based curriculum. Organised in four major modules: civilization, nation, region and city, that represent four research scales, as well as four different approaches to historical, political, social and cultural issues of space and those of territory, the TEMA Master Course is offered by a consortium of the following European universities: Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris, University of Catania and Charles University of Prague. Strength of program The TEMA European Master Course is provided by highly qualified and experienced teachers in terms of teaching and research in the field of the proposed master course, offering a theoretical reflection and a methodological approach that apply both to European and to a larger international context. The point of convergence for all four partner institutions is their unique approach that highlights the importance of analysis of identity through territoriality and its historicity. The complementarity of the partners resides, on the one hand, in the strengths of the four levels of analysis (civilization, nation, region and city), and in the traditional differences in the thematics and methodology on the other. The TEMA teaching staff in Budapest consists of specialists in the fields of urban history, urban and regional development, and national identities, who have an... [-]

MA in Iranian Studies

University of Tehran - Kish International Campus
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Iran Tehran

Graduates can find employment in journalism, diplomatic services, experts in Iranian studies, teaching in universities, working at museums or libraries. [+]

Graduates can find employment in journalism, diplomatic services, experts in Iranian studies, teaching in universities, working at museums or libraries. Course overview Over the past decades, especially after the Iranian Islamic revolution of 1979 the East studies and Iranian studies from western points of view is so much affected by politics. Media present a different stereo types of Iran from what it really is. Most of the times, in these studies, the rich history and culture of Iran is neglected or forgotten. As a result, this course is designed to be a platform for foreign students to learn about true Iran apart from all the invented imaginations and stereotypes against it. Special interests International politics; Relations, Globalizations and regionalism; Theoretical evolutions; Shi`a studies; Islamic revolution in Iran; Politics and governance in Iran; Political geography of Iran; Iranian subnational and ethnic groups; Political economy of Iran; Economy of energy and natural resources in Iran; Iran and middle east countries; Iran and the world powers; Role and evolution of media in Iran; History of Iran; History of literature; History of Iranian languages; Contemporary history of Iran; Historical sociology of Iran; Historical sociology of Iran; History of Iranian arts; Contemporary Persian literature; Identification and study of documents and inscriptions; Iranian studies, etc. MA Course structure This course is designed for at least 4 semesters including a dissertation. To graduate, students must complete 32 units. [-]

MA in International Development

International University of Japan
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Japan Niigata

This degree program is designed to educate future leaders in formulating and implementing economic as well as public policies geared for social and economic development. [+]

Main Features

As a successive expansion of this MA degree program in International Development shows, our leading program in International Development maintains its highly reputable development of its educational quality particularly related to development issues. While its core courses are mainly related to modern economics, its outstanding achievements in education comprehensively covering development issues can be found not only in the number of graduates of this degree program, but also in the number of countries of all graduates. The diversity of countries of enrolled students provides one of the most ideal environments to study international development issues. The strong human network of the graduates of this program shows the quality of this educational program as well as the benefits which students of this program will gain after their graduation.The program encompasses a wide range of public policy issues in the context of socioeconomic development. These issues are examined in the areas of finance, trade, investment, human resources development, environment, sustainable development, and urban and regional development. Beyond the understanding of the immediate and specific circumstances of country specific issues, the program provides students with as many opportunities as it can, in order to let students share/deepen development issues of different countries under its rigorous coursework environments. The program consists of required and elective courses, and enrolled students can choose several elective courses based on their own research and policy related interests after taking required courses, all of which are designed to make students use highly sophisticated analytical tools smoothly in... [-]