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Program Overview


Across all professional fields in the public and private sectors there is a growing recognition by employers that workforce requirements include having the skill-sets to read, evaluate, and analyze quantitative data and information in a sophisticated manner. Increase your marketable expertise, professional flexibility and mobility, and career advancement readiness with the Master of Arts in International Relations (MA-International Relations). The program is designed to provide advanced coursework and applied quantitative methods training for students seeking international careers as analysts in the public and private sectors as well as researchers in academia and think tanks.

The MA-International Relations provides training for students with career goals centered in research and analysis that require sophisticated applied research and analysis of international relations issues. The program focuses on developing research skills for quantitative analyses of international relations issues in response to a growing need and recognition for analysts who can design and conduct statistical analyses on pressing international problems. Program graduates will be ideally suited for a wide variety of careers in academia, government, journalism, law, non-governmental organizations, and international business. 

The MA-International Relations is a 30-credit graduate program that includes coursework in international political economy, international security, international law, and statistical methods of data analysis for international relations research questions. The curriculum emphasizes developing research and analysis skills based on a solid background in international relations theory and quantitative empirical research.

The MA-International Relations features seminar-style, face-to-face learning. Face-to-face classes meet at the College Park campus. Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field. The program uses the semester academic calendar with classes held in fall and spring semester (16 weeks each). 

Academic Program Director Contact Information

The MA-International Relations is offered by the Department of Government and Politics and the Center for International Development & Conflict Management in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Andrea Wise
Department of Government and Politics
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
2117J Chincoteague Hall
7401 Preinkert Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7215

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