MA in International Relations (2 years)

The program is intended for students who have graduated from a three-year undergraduate program and would like to proceed with their studies more thoroughly, possibly with a view of a preparing themselves for a doctoral degree.

The two-year MA Program in International Relations combines rigorous theoretical and methodological academic training in international relations with area expertise.

In the first year the program provides students with a general foundation in international relations, plus more specific exposure to questions relating to the study of international security and the global economy. In the second year, through a combination of gateway and elective courses, it allows students to specialize in a number of sub-fields (eg. conflict and security; development). In addition to exposure to the main areas of teaching in the program, students will also receive thorough preparation in academic writing, and research design and methods.

The program complements solid academic education with training in practical and transferable skills to enable our graduates to be competitive on the job market within and outside academia.

Tentative Curriculum:

YEAR 1

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Mandatory (8 credits): Academic Writing (2), Research Design for IR (2), IR Theory (2), International Political Economy (2)

Mandatory Elective (4 credits): One gateway course depending on the specialisation (security, development or no specialisation)

Elective (4 credits): Any course offered by the department. You can find all courses here.


Winter Semester (14 credits)

Mandatory (10 credits): Thesis related work (2), Foreign Policy Analysis (4), Development (4)

Elective (4 credits): For specialisation from the relevant group. Without specialisation any course offered by the department. You can find all courses here.

YEAR 2

Fall Semester (12 credits)

Mandatory (4 credits): Thesis related work and other skills workshops

Elective (8 credits): For specialisation from the relevant group. Without specialisation any course offered by the department. You can find all courses here.

Winter Semester (10 credits)

Mandatory (2 credits): Thesis writing workshop (2)

Mandatroy Elective (4): For those wishing to specialise 4 credits from the relevant group. Those without a specialisation can take any course offered by the department. You can find all courses here.

Elective (4): Any course offered by the department. You can find all courses here.

Entry Requirements

You can find detailed information on the CEU`s general admission procedure here and on our program specific requirements here

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MA in International Relations (two years)