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International Relations

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A graduate degree in international relations can lead to many different career opportunities.

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.

School Notes
The School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University
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.

Est. GRE:
Quant 163
Verbal 162
Writing 5.0

College of Agriculture & Life Science
Cornell University
International Programs/CALS
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.

Est. GRE:
Quant 163
Verbal 161
Writing 4.5

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University
Box 571028
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

Avg. GRE:
Quant 163
Verbal 158
Writing 4.8

The John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
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.

Est. GRE:
Quant 165
Verbal 164
Writing 5.0

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Tel: (202) 663-5600
Email contact form

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

Est. GRE:
Quant 159
Verbal 161
Writing 4.5

Department of Political Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Room E53-470
Cambridge, MA 02142

Tel: (617) 253-5262

MS in Political Science (1 yr FT)
App. deadline: Dec 15

Master’s thesis is required.

Est. GRE:
Quant 165
Verbal 161
Writing 4.8

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Princeton University
Robertson Hall
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.

Est. GRE:
Quant 159
Verbal 167
Writing 5.0

International Policy Studies
Stanford University
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

Est. GRE:
Quant 161
Verbal 166
Writing 4.9

The Fletcher School 
Tufts University
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

Est. GRE:
Quant 157
Verbal 163
Writing 4.5

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

Est. GRE:
Quant 158
Verbal 156
Writing 4.5

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.

Avg. GRE:
Quant 153
Verbal 157
Writing 4.0

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.
Thesis required.

Avg. GRE:
Quant 151
Verbal 155
Writing 4.0

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.