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Learn to analyze the complexities and processes involved in world politics and international affairs.

Webster University's MA in International Relations program can help prepare students to compete for work with a governmental agency, an intergovernmental organization, a nongovernmental organization or a multinational corporation. The international relations curriculum at Webster Athens enables students to analyze the legal, historical, socioeconomic, and political factors that are key elements in this field of study. Webster students also examine the dynamics, structural characteristics and humanitarian issues of the global community. Understanding how cultures and customs are integrated into business, politics and society creates a great foundation for many professionals and students. 

Graduate-Level Study

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. The program offers considerable flexibility and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. 

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.

Career Opportunities:

  • Development Officer
  • Attorney
  • Museum Curator
  • Security and Business Ethics Research Analyst
  • United States Army Captain
  • Magazine Editor
  • Academic Project Coordinator
  • Finance Officer

Why Choose Webster University?

Webster Athens, part of Webster University's global network of international schools, brings the best of American education to Greece. Class sizes are small and our faculty bring real-life knowledge and personal attention to the classroom.

Webster's Master of Arts in International Relations Program

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. 

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.

The degree requires satisfactory completion of 27 credit hours of the INTL curriculum and 9 credit hours of graduate electives for a total of 36 credit hours. 

The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) in international relations must include the following courses:

  • INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives (3 hours)
  • INTL 6000 Capstone in International Relations (3 hours)
    or INTL 6250 Thesis* (6 hours) and INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirement* (0 hours)
  • Two courses from the Comparative Politics Cluster (6 hours)
  • Four courses from the International Politics Cluster (12 hours)
  • Additional graduate elective credit hours (9 hours)

*Students taking INTL 6250 Thesis (6 hours) must also register for INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirements (0 hours). INTL 6900 acknowledges successful completion of all thesis requirements including conforming to university and departmental guideline as well as depositing the thesis in the University library.

If a requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major.

The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) in international relations must include two courses (6 hours) from the following:

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

The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) in international relations must include two courses (6 hours) from the following:

  • INGO 5000 Introduction to International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5530 International Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5535 International Disaster Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5545 The United Nations in International Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5560 U.S. Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5585 Food and Water Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5590 International Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5595 Energy Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5800 Globalization (3 hours)
  • INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5870 International Law and Politics of Outer Space (3 hours)
  • INTL 5890 Terrorism in World Politics (3 hours)
  • NTSC 5000 Introduction to National Security Studies (3 hours)

Any additional courses from the two clusters, or any of the following:

  • INTL 5300 Field Work (3-6 hours)
  • INTL 5500 Professional Seminars (1-3 hours)
  • INTL 5610 Non-Thesis Readings/Research (3 hours)
  • INTL 5900 Advanced Research Methods** (3 hours)
  • INTL 6500 Internship (3 hours)
  • Any other graduate elective course (3 hours)

**Advanced Research Methods may be substituted for a course in the Comparative cluster or in the International Politics cluster.

If a requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major.

 

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