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International Relations MA

Program Description                                                  Hub

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 principal subfields of the discipline and relevant issues such as globalization, human rights, humanitarian action, and economic development. The program strives to prepare students for work at intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations and agencies or a multinational corporation. This program is also recommended for students planning to pursue a PhD or an academic career at another institute. 

Duration of studies and full-time enrollment

The maximum course load in a graduate degree program for a fully admitted student is 6 credit hours per term. Webster University Thailand offers 4 terms a year plus one optional summer term. A student must be enrolled in 18 credits per year to be considered a full-time student. Students enrolled in the master of arts (MA) in international relations (36 credit hours) will typically complete the program between 18 and 24 months. A student must receive written authorization to enroll in more than 6 credit hours per term or more than 12 credit hours per semester.

Program Description

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.

Program Curriculum

The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) degree 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 the successful completion of all thesis requirements including conforming to university and departmental guideline as well as depositing the thesis in the University library.

Comparative Politics Cluster (2 courses)

  • 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)

International Politics Cluster (4 courses)

  • INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5530 International Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5560 U.S. Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5590 International 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)

International Relations Elective Courses (3 courses)

Any additional courses from the two clusters above, 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)

Certificate Programs

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Not all of the courses listed above will be available to students at Webster University Thailand.


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