International Relations (MA)

Unleash the Power of Global Perspectives

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Explore global social and political issues

Gain insight into issues such as globalization, human rights, humanitarian action and economic development and how they integrate with business, politics and society. With Webster’s master’s in International Relations, you can earn your degree through Webster University Online or in person at one of our campuses in the U.S. or abroad. Whichever you choose, you’ll graduate with the expertise to make a difference for organizations and groups around the world.

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Why Webster for your master’s in International Relations?

A unique program for aspiring leaders

Webster is a leader in the field of international relations education, with a program that has been in place for over 30 years. Our faculty bring years of experience and expertise to this concentrated program of study, which is ideal for:

Support global businesses and organizations

Deepen your knowledge of a range of issues, including international security, political and economic development, and humanitarian policy. Explore the politics, history, and cultures of world regions. You’ll graduate ready to:

Classes designed by industry experts

Learn from expert faculty with industry experience. Gain a more nuanced understanding of relevant issues like globalization, human rights, humanitarian action, and economic development. Sharpen your research and communication skills to analyze and solve real-world problems.

Your course list

The 36 credit hours required for the Master of Arts in International Relations include the following courses:

Core Courses
  • Capstone in International Relations
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Research Methods and Perspectives

Comparative Politics Cluster (Choose Two Courses)
  • African Area Studies
  • Area Studies
  • Asian Area Studies
  • Central and Eastern European Area Studies
  • Comparative Foreign Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • Latin American Area Studies
  • Middle East Area Studies
  • Politics of Development
  • South and Central Asian Area Studies
  • Topics in Comparative Politics
  • Western European Area Studies

International Politics Cluster (Choose Four Courses)
  • Energy Security
  • Food and Water Security
  • Globalization
  • Humanitarian Issues in International Politics
  • Introduction to International Disaster Law
  • International Law
  • International Law and Politics of Outer Space
  • International Organizations
  • International Political Economy
  • International Security
  • Introduction to International and Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Issues in International Politics
  • Terrorism in World Politics
  • The United Nations in International Politics
  • Theories of International Relations
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • War and Diplomacy
  • Introduction to National Security Studies

Electives (Choose Three Courses)
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Field Work
  • Internship
  • Non-Thesis Readings/Research
  • Professional Seminars
  • Any other graduate elective course

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Learn and travel to gain a global perspective

Study on campus – close to home or around the world – or take classes online. With our unique and expansive worldwide footprint, you can study and travel, building your professional network in other countries along the way.

Enjoy a flexible and rewarding career

A master’s in International Relations prepares you for a variety of different career paths. You can work in government service, international organizations, the nonprofit sector, business, health, or international education.

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An education nationally recognized for quality

Earn your Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster, an independent, nonprofit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Learn from industry experts

Combine theory and practice as you work alongside faculty members with professional experience in the field. They serve as mentors who are willing and eager to support your career goals.

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