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M.A. in International Relations

General Curriculum

The M.A. in International Relations program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate study (12 credits in required core courses, 9 credits in concentration courses, 9 credits in free electives) and the successful completion of either a comprehensive exam (with written and oral components) or a written thesis. Students writing a thesis must present an oral defense of their thesis.  Comprehensive exams are scheduled at least once a semester and are usually taken during the final semester in the program.  Over 90% of our students graduate within two years.

 

All M.A. candidates are required to complete four core graduate seminars:

  • PSC 580 – “Seminar in International Relations Theory”
  • PSC 585 – “Diplomacy and Statecraft”
  • PSC 584 – “Seminar in Comparative International Development”
  • PSY/NVP 500 – “Theory and Research on Nonviolence and Peace”

Concentrations

Students must also complete 9 additional credits in one of our three concentrations:

  • Diplomacy
  • International Development
  • Global Peace Studies

Diplomacy Concentration

  • Required Course
    • PSC 585 – “Diplomacy and Statecraft”
  • Elective Courses (select 3)
    • PSC 586 – “Political Violence and Conflict Resolution”
    • PSC/MAF 577 – “International Ocean Law”
    • PSC 553 – “Scope and Methods of Political Science”
    • PSC 555/556 – “Directed Study:  Naval War College Internship”
    • PSC 581/582 – “Special Topics Seminars”
      • Politics of China
      • Religion and International Relations
      • War and International Conflict

International Development Concentration

  • Required Course
    • PSC 584 – “Seminar in Comparative International Development”
  • Elective Courses (select 3)
    • PSC 544 – “Democracy and Its Critics”
    • PSC/LRS 521 – “Global Politics of Work and Social Welfare”
    • PSC 553 – “Scope and Methods of Political Science”
    • PSC 555/556 – “Directed Study:  Bikes Not Bombs Internship”
    • PSC 581/582 – “Special Topics Seminars”
      • Non-Governmental Organizations
      • Politics of China
      • Politics of Islam and the Middle East

Global Peace Studies Concentration

  • Required Course
    • PSY/NVP 500 – “Theory and Research on Nonviolence and Peace”
  • Elective Courses (select 3)
    • PSY 690 – “Seminar of Contemporary Issues in Psychology:  Civil Resistance”
    • PSY 478 – “Applications in Psychology:  Nonviolence and Peace”
    • PSC 546 – “Peace and World Order Studies”
    • PSC 586 – “Political Violence and Conflict Resolution”
    • PSC 581/582 – “Special Topics Seminars”
      • Non-Governmental Organizations
      • Politics of Islam and the Middle East
      • War and International Conflict

 

Other Requirements

  • No more than four courses can be from outside the department (non-PSC course codes)
  • Students can count no more than two 400-level courses toward their graduate degree (other restrictions may apply)
  • Students can count no more than two directed study courses toward their graduate degree (PSC 555 or PSC 556)
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate classes
  • Students expecting to receive their degree must inform the Graduate Director no later than the following dates for the semester in which they intend to graduate so that they may be nominated for graduation.
    • Fall semester:  September 15th
    • Spring semester:  February 1st
    • Summer session:  May 1st

 

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit can be requested for graduate work taken at another accredited institution of higher learning. Such credits may not exceed 20 percent of the total credits required for the student’s plan of study (6 total credits).

Non-Matriculated Credit

Up to six non-matriculated credits in Political Science or related field may be used to fulfill M.A. degree requirements, subject to approval by the Graduate Director.

Thesis or Non-Thesis Options

The department offers both a thesis and a non-thesis option for the M.A. in International Relations. Up to nine hours credit may be given for work on the thesis. Arrangements for the thesis include a detailed proposal approved by a supervising professor, a faculty committee, and the chair. Candidates choosing the non-thesis option must successfully complete a comprehensive exam (written and oral) in lieu of the thesis.

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