Students interested in graduate study in international relations and global affairs have more program options today than ever before. An increasing number of colleges and universities offer degree and certificate programs and concentrations in international and area studies. As you can see from the table below (which lists only some, highly-regarded programs), there is a variety of international relations schools and degree programs to choose from.
|The School of International and Public Affairs
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
Tel: (212) 854-6216
|Master of Int’l Affairs (MIA) (2 yr FT)
App. deadlines: Feb. 15 for fall, Oct. 15 for spring
Competitive applicants should have some coursework in economics, statistics and mathematics and have studied at least one foreign language.
|College of Agriculture & Life Science
437 Warren Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel: (607) 255-3035
|Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Int’l Development (1 yr FT)
App. deadline: Apr. 15
This program is geared toward development professionals working in the field. Competitive applicants usually have at least 2 years development experience.
Prerequisites: Two semesters of calculus, one elementary non-calculus based statistics and one course in matrix algebra.
|Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Washington, DC 20057-1028
Tel: (202) 687-5696
|MS in Foreign Service (2 yr FT)
App. deadline: Jan. 15
Prerequisites: Semester of microeconomics, semester of macroeconomics and proficiency in at least 2 languages.
Average GPA: 3.71
|The John F. Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (617) 495-1155
|MPA/Int’l Development (2 yr FT)
App. deadline: TBA in the fall
Program stresses economics and quantitative analysis. Most students have 3 or more years work experience.
Prerequisites: Microeconomics, macroeconomics and three university-level courses in calculus, which must include multivariable calculus. Statistics and linear algebra are preferred.
|The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 663-5600
|Master of Arts (2 yrs FT)
App. deadline: Jan. 7
“Emphasizes international economics, global themes world regions and languages”
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
|Department of Political Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel: (617) 253-5262
|MS in Political Science (1 yr FT)
App. deadline: Dec 15
Master’s thesis is required.
|The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Princeton, NJ 08544
Tel: (609) 258-4836
|Master of Public Administration (MPA) (2 yr FT)
Master of Public Policy (MPP – midcareer) (1 yr FT)
App. deadline: Dec 15
Competitive applicants have have grounding in mathematics or economics and some work experience.
|International Policy Studies
216 Encina Hall West, 2nd Floor
Stanford, CA 94305-6045
Tel: (650) 725-9075
|Master’s in Int’l Policy Studies
(2 yr FT)
App. deadline: Jan. 5
Prerequisites: Microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics and international finance and trade
|The Fletcher School
Admissions and Financial Aid
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Tel: (617) 627-3700
|MA in Law & Diplomacy (2 yr FT)
MA – midcareer (1 yr FT) GMAP
App. deadlines: Feb. 10 (final deadline for fall) Oct 15 (final deadline for spring)
Prerequisites: Full time work experience and microeconomics and macroecomics encouraged for MALD, 8 yrs work experience required for GMAP
|School of Global Policy & Strategy
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 9209
Tel: (858) 534-5914
|Master of Int’l Affairs (2 yr FT)
App. deadline: December 4 (early deadline), Jan. 15 (regular deadline)
Prerequisites: Language proficiency matches country or regional specialization
|The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Tel: (202) 994-6240
|MA (2 yr FT)
Master of Int’l Policy & Practice (MIPP – mid-career) (1 yr FT, up to 3 yr PT)
App. deadline: Jan. 15 for fall (considered for fellowships), Feb. 1 for fall (not considered for fellowships) October 1 for spring
Prerequisites vary depending on specific degree program.
|Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR)
George Mason University
3434 N. Washington Blvd., 5th Floor
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: (703) 993-1300
|MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (2 yr FT)
App. deadlines: Oct. 1 for spring, June 15 for fall
Largest conflict resolution program in the world.
Click on the links above to go to the web page with more information about specific programs.
Please note the data and graph were last updated in April 2016.