Master of Science in International Relations and Politics (MS IRP)

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Program Description

IPS offers two graduate degrees to train the next generation of strategic leaders in the twenty-first century’s continuously changing global political structure. 

The Master of Science in International Relations and Politics (MS IRP) prepares students to pursue or advance their career in the private sector, policy, or academia. The MS IRP combines the critical thinking and analytical rigor of a traditional political science degree with CMU’s strong methodological expertise, equipping students with a skillset that is pivotal in tackling today’s complex policy challenges.

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Master of Science in International Relations and Politics (MS IRP)

The MS IRP serves four academic and professional goals:

1. To allow students to specialize in one of four conventional areas of political science: international security, international relations, American politics, and comparative politics.

2. To equip students with strong methodological skills.

3. To guide students in the production of a significant and publishable thesis.

4. To prepare students to enter the job market, whether their interests are in academia or the professional world. Students are guided through the internship and job application process by our faculty and staff on campus and Washington, DC.

IPS also offers an Accelerated Master of Science in International Relations and Politics (MS IRP-AMP) for current Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate students. Students in the MS IRP-AMP begin graduate coursework in the senior year and complete the master's degree in their fifth year of study.

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