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Program Overview


The Master of Arts in International Relations is designed to increase your marketable expertise, professional flexibility and mobility, and career advancement readiness with 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. 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. 

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 program 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

The MA-International Relations offers the following options. Students with specific academic questions may contact Meqdad Abdul Ali, via email:

Master of Arts in International Relations, 4+1 Undergraduate Option

In the 4+1 Undergraduate option, University of Maryland degree-seeking students complete 9 credits in their senior year and complete 21 credits in nine months of continuous full-time enrollment as a graduate student. Learn more. For the 4+1 option, the program is open to UMD students in the following majors:

  • GVPT and BSOS 
  • Philip Merrill College of Journalism 
  • School of Public Health
    • Bachelor of Science, Public Health Science
    • Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology
    • Bachelor of Science, Community Health
    • Bachelor of Science, Family Science

Master of Arts in International Relations, 30-credit Comprehensive Option

In the 30-credit Comprehensive option, admitted graduate students complete fifteen credits in the first year of study and fifteen credits in the second year of study. Designed for working professionals, students can earn a University of Maryland degree while continuing to work full-time with minimal disruption to personal and professional life. Learn more.

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