MA International Relations

The Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations enables students to analyze the complexities and processes involved in world politics and international affairs. Coursework provides exposure to the key subfields of the discipline and relevant issues such as globalization, human rights, humanitarian action, and economic development. The program can help prepare students to compete for work with a governmental agency, an intergovernmental organization, a nongovernmental organization, or a multinational corporation. This program is also recommended to students planning to pursue a PhD, or an academic career at another institution.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of several sub fields of the discipline.
  • Demonstrate strong research skills.
  • Critically analyze international events and issues.
  • Apply theories of international relations to the practice of international affairs.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Develop the requisite skills to seek employment relevant to the field by having the necessary education.

Program Curriculum:

Program Curriculum:

The 36 credit hours (12 courses) required for the MA in International Relations degree must include the following courses for a major in international relations.

Required Courses:

  • INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations
    Students are introduced to the discipline of international relations through an overview of international security, foreign policy, international organizations, international law, and international political economy. Students examine the basic structure, processes, and issues relating to international affairs.
  • INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives
    Students are introduced to skills, methodological issues, and bibliographic resources, which enhance their ability to evaluate critically and to conduct research in the field of international relations.
  • INTL 6000 International Relations: Theory and Practice
    Various contemporary theories of international relations are examined. The relationship of theory to the practice of international relations is considered. This course presents an overview for students who are completing a major in international relations. Prerequisite: completion of at least 30 credits toward major.
  • INTL 6250 Thesis
    The student completes a thesis project under the supervision of two faculty members. The thesis option is recommended for those considering graduate study at the doctoral level. All thesis must follow university guidelines and be deposited in the Webster University library. Proposal forms are available from the department web site. Students must secure approval of their proposal from the academic director or coordinator of the program at the site where the thesis is to be done. General policy is to expect proposals to be submitted before the 24th credit hour is completed.

Plus two courses from the Comparative Politics Cluster:

  • INTL 5050 Comparative Politics
  • INTL 5580 Politics of Development
  • INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • INTL 5600 Area Studies
  • INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics
  • INTL 5625 Middle East Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5635 Western European Area Studies
  • INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies
  • INTL 5655 African Area Studies
  • INTL 5665 South and Central Asian Area Studies
  • INTL 5675 Central and Eastern European Area Studies
  • INTL 5685 Latin American Area Studies

Plus four courses from the International Politics Cluster:

  • INTL 5400 International Political Economy
  • INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations
  • INTL 5530 International Law
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations
  • INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy
  • INTL 5560 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics
  • INTL 5800 Globalization
  • INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics
  • INTL 5870 International Law and Politics of Outer Space
  • INTL 5890 Terrorism in World Politics

Plus three elective courses:

  • Any INTL coded course at graduate level
  • INTL 5300 Field Work
  • INTL 5500 Professional Seminars
  • INTL 5610 Non-Thesis Readings/Research
  • INTL 5900 Advanced Research Methods
  • INTL 6500 Internship
  • MRKT 5000 Marketing
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior
  • BUSN 5200 Basic Finance for Managers
  • INGO 5000 Non-governmental Organizations
  • INGO 5100 Finance, Budgeting and Accounting for International Nongovernmental Organizations
  • INGO 5300 Human Resources and Staffing for International Nongovernmental Organizations
  • HRMG 5000 Managing Human Resources or
  • NPLR 5010 Governance and Executive Leadership in Nonprofits
  • INTB 5000 International Business
  • INTB 5710 Cross Cultural Management
  • INGO 5600 Principles of Negotiation
  • INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fund-raising and Development for International Nongovernmental Organizations
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for International Nongovernmental Organizations

All course descriptions can be found here.
Not all of the courses listed above will be available to students at all locations.

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Dr. Islam Qasem
Interim Head of Department of International Relations