Degree Requirements

Program Structure and Course Descriptions
MA in International Relations – Non-Thesis Program is a one-year program consisting of 10 courses (30 credits) and a Project. Project Course is non-credit and evaluated as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. Students need to register for the Project Course in the Spring Term

Required Courses

INTL 501 – Research Methods
INTL 503 – Globalization and International Relations Theory
INTL 504 – Comparative Politics
INTL 594 – Project
ENGL 500 – Academic Writing

Elective Courses:
Accepted student will be taking 4 Area Electives and 3 free electives from the elective courses listed below.

Required Courses:

INTL 501 Research Methods
Introduction to the fundamental research methods in social science, covering issues and methods shared by all of the social sciences and by many of the natural sciences. Particular emphasis on contemporary work in the fields of international relations and political science, elaborating on both quantitative and qualitative methods and highlighting the steps in identifying a problem worthy of study and developing testable hypotheses, designing a research strategy, gathering data, analyzing data, and interpreting the results.

INTL 503 Globalization and International Relations Theory
Historical and analytical analysis of globalization processes and their impacts on world politics, with special focus on the questions of the changing nature of the nation state, sustainable economic development and democratic global governance.  Presentation of an inter-disciplinary framework for an in-depth analysis of change in international relations, while paying attention to the debate on globalization that is taking place in the fields of international relations, sociology, economics and management.

INTL 504 Comparative Politics
Examination of current issues of importance for the field of comparative politics such as: the expansion and problems of democracy as a political system, democratic consolidation, politics of economic restructuring, governance in an era of economic globalization, and nationalism and inter-cultural conflict. Review of the scope and methods of the field, and of alternate theoretical approaches such as historical sociology, rational choice, political culture and institutionalism.

INTL 594 Project
An Extended Research Project under the supervision of an advisor.