Academics

Curriculum


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

Credit Requirements

For course descriptions please click on the course

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

PAF G 631: Theories and Concepts of International Relations 3 credits
PAF G 632: Contemporary Issues in World Politics 3 credits
PAF G 633: Research Methods and Analysis in International Relations 3 credits
PAF G 634: International Political Economy 3 credits
PAF G 635: Globalization and International Development 3 credits
PAF G/ConRes 638L - Global Governance 3 credits

4 Elective Courses (3 credits each) 

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

12 credits

PAF G: 692:Capstone in International Relations or PAF G 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

TOTAL

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.


Course schedules and descriptions

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