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Masters in International Relations

Webster Leiden Campus - Webster University USA
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Spring 2021

Spring 2021

Fall 2021

Fall 2021

Program description

Masters in International Relations

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 key subfields of the discipline and relevant issues such as globalization, human rights, humanitarian action and economic development. The program can help prepare students to compete for work with a governmental agency, an intergovernmental organization, a nongovernmental organization, or a multinational corporation. This program is also recommended for students planning to pursue a PhD or an academic career at another institution.

Admission requirements

General requirements

  • A completed and signed application form
  • Proof of English Proficiency:
    • TOEFL: PBT 550 | iBT 80
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • Password English Test: 6.5
  • Official certified copy of undergraduate transcripts
  • A 400-500 word essay on the topic of your choice
  • Copy of a recent curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • A letter of recommendation from a; school counselor, employer or former academic teacher
  • Copy of Passport ID Page
  • Financial documents

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Program Curriculum:

The 36 credit hours (12 courses) required for the MA in International Relations degree must include the following courses for a major in international relations:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Research Methods and Perspectives
  • Capstone in International Relations or Thesis* and University Thesis Requirement

Two courses from the Comparative Politics Cluster (6 hours) :

  • Comparative Politics
  • Politics of Development
  • Comparative Foreign Policy
  • Area Studies
  • Topics in Comparative Politics
  • Middle East Area Studies
  • Western European Area Studies
  • Asian Area Studies
  • African Area Studies
  • South and Central Asian Area Studies
  • Central and Eastern European Area Studies
  • Latin American Area Studies

Four courses from the International Politics Cluster (12 hours)

  • International Political Economy
  • Theories of International Relations
  • International Law
  • International Organizations
  • War and Diplomacy
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • International Security
  • Humanitarian Issues in International Politics
  • Globalization
  • Issues in International Politics
  • International Law and Politics of Outer Space Terrorism in World Politics

Three International Relations Elective Courses (9 hours)Any additional courses from the two clusters above, or any of the following:

  • Field Work
  • Professional Seminars
  • Non-Thesis Readings/Research
  • Advanced Research Methods*
  • Internship
  • Any other graduate elective course

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the universitywebsite for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Total course fee: €21,600
  • Online total course fee: €28,800


Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of several sub fields of the discipline.
  • Demonstrate strong research skills.
  • Critically analyze international events and issues.
  • Apply theories of international relations to the practice of international affairs.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Develop the requisite skills to seek employment relevant to the field by having the necessary education.

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Webster Leiden Campus- Webster University USA

Webster Leiden Campus is the only institute of higher education in the Netherlands offering American accredited degrees (both a BA/BS and MA/MBA education). Webster's mission in the Netherlands is to enrich the lives of global citizens by offering a flexible,...

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Webster Leiden Campus - Webster University USA

Boommarkt 1
2311 EA Leiden Zuid- Holland
the Netherlands

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