Degree programs

The department currently offers three degree programs, a one-year Master of Arts in International Relations, a two-year Master of Arts program in International relations, and the International Relations track of the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science.

MA in International Relations (1 year)

This program gives a strong foundation in international affairs with an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students can choose between two tracks. The "New York City" track (offered jointly with Bard College), provides foundations in International Relations in Vienna in the fall term, while winter and spring terms are spent in New York City, including a mandatory internship and a capstone project. The "Vienna" track offers a compact curriculum combining IR foundations with three different specializations: Conflict and Security, Global Order and Politics, and International Political Economy and Development. 

MA in International Relations (2 years)

This program is designed for candidates who wish to deepen their thinking about international relations, combining theoretical and methodological academic training with area expertise in three tracks: Conflict and Security, Global Order and Politics and International Political Economy and Development. Students can enroll in optional modules dedicated to professional development and have a large range of mobility opportunities through the Erasmus, CIVICA and OSUN networks.

Ph.D. in Political Science, International Relations track

The International Relations track reflects the existing traditions of IR scholarship in North America, the UK, and Western Europe especially. The department offers concentrations in, and faculty expertise on, Security Studies, International Political Economy and political and IR theory.

The track provides students with a variety of methodological tools and a deep grounding in disciplinary concepts and theories in order to enable them to both explain and understand the material and textual, social and technical factors that account for continuity and change in world politics.