Plan Your Education
How to Apply
Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:
- A writing sample is required (5-10 pages of original, single-authored work).
- Resume/cv is required
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts (completed Bachelor’s degree required)
- Provide a 1500-word statement explaining why you wish to study international relations, discussing the research goals you would pursue as a graduate student, and describing your career goals after completing the program.
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Deadlines & Cost
Deadlines: March 15 (priority) and June 1 (final) for fall
Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.
Program Cost Information: Bursar's website
Required Courses (18 Credits)
- INTREL 611 - Theories of International Relations 3 Credit(s)
- INTREL 612 - Issues in World Politics 3 Credit(s)
- INTREL 613 - International Relations Research Methods 3 Credit(s)
- INTREL 614 - International Political Economy 3 Credit(s)
- INTREL 621 - International Development 3 Credit(s)
- INTREL 638L - Global Governance 3 Credit(s)
Electives (12 Credits)
Complete four courses in any relevant UMass Boston subject of interest with approval of the graduate program director.
Capstone or Thesis Course (6 Credits)
- INTREL 691 - Capstone in International Relations 6 Credit(s)
- INTREL 699 - Master’s Thesis in International Relations 6 Credit(s)
Complete 36 credits from eleven courses including six required courses, four electives, and one capstone or thesis course.
Capstone: Completion of a project or master’s thesis.
Statute of limitations: Five years.
- A solid intellectual foundation for understanding our increasingly dynamic international system
- Systematic insight into pressing issues in international politics
- Advanced academic skills in research design and methods
Graduate Program Director:
Joseph M. Brown
conresglobal [at] umb.edu
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