Thirty-six graduate credits over a two-year period are required to complete the International Relations, MA curriculum.

UMass Boston undergrads may be eligible for our accelerated (4+1) program.  Learn More.

Credit Requirements

For course descriptions please click on the course

6 Core Courses (3 credits each - 18 credits total)

INTREL 611: Theories of International Relations 3 credits
INTREL 612: Issues in World Politics 3 credits
INTREL 613 International Relations Research Methods 3 credits
INTREL 614: International Political Economy 3 credits
INTREL 621: International Development 3 credits
INTREL/ConRes 638L - Global Governance 3 credits

4 Elective Courses (3 credits each) 

Students may choose graduate level courses offered by any UMass Boston department related to their area of interest; prior approval of Graduate Program Director required.

12 credits

INTREL 691:Capstone in International Relations or INTREL 699: Master’s Thesis Students must defend a thesis proposal prior to registering for thesis credit.  Theses and thesis proposal rules can be found here and The University’s thesis rules, including deadlines, can be found here. Capstone projects do not require proposals prior to registering for the course.

6 credits


36 credits

Core Courses have a distinct focus aimed at providing a solid foundation in major aspects of international relations. Click on the course to see the course description.

Elective Courses:

Electives are available in a variety of fields and are meant to encourage study in an area of special interest. Typically electives should fulfill a regional or functional sub-specialization.

Students must consult with and obtain prior permission of the Graduate Program Director or the Associate Director to enroll in elective courses outside of the department, to assure that the course content complements the programmatic needs of the student.

Students must consult with the Graduate Program Director before taking electives at other universities to satisfy their requirements.