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 TERM REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)

The Fall Term of the first year consists of 8 credits of mandatory-elective courses and 4 credits of elective courses).
Students must take the following two mandatory-elective courses (8 credits):
1. International Relations Concepts and Theories  4 credits
or
Knowing, Narrating, (re)Writing International Relations  4 credits

2. International Political Economy 4 credits
or
Economic Integration(s) in the Age of Trade Wars  4 credits

Students are encouraged to make these choices in consultation with instructors and the Program Director as their choices should reflect their particular situations: academic backgrounds, academic interests and academic goals.

Students must take the mandatory course Academic Writing for International Relations. This course is delivered in three mandatory parts: one in the Fall Term, the other in the Spring Term of the First Year, and a final part in the Winter Term of the Second Year. After the completion of the third mandatory part students will earn 2 credits for the course as a whole.
Students must choose one of the elective courses (4 credits).

The Fall Term schedule is available here.

Students must complete 12 credits and the first part of the Academic Writing for International Relations course in the Fall Term in order to advance to the Winter Term.

WINTER TERM REQUIREMENTS (16 credits)

The Winter Term consists of 4 credits of mandatory (or mandatory-elective) courses and 12 credits of elective courses.
Students must take a mandatory course:
>>>IF THEY CHOOSE TO SPECIALIZE:
ONE GATEWAY COURSE FOR SPECIALIZATIONS (4 credits)
1. SECURITY: European Security 4 credits
2. DEVELOPMENT: Political Economy of Development 4 credits

>>>IF THEY CHOOSE NOT TO SPECIALIZE:
No gateway course is required, but students have to take at least one mandatory-elective course for 4 credits or two mandatory-elective courses for 2 credits from the list of elective courses below. Note that this mandatory-elective course (or these courses) cannot be dropped later on and it is compulsory to take those courses before filling in the necessary amount of credits with courses from other departments.

Students must complete all 16 credits in the Winter Semester in order to advance to the Spring Semester.

SPRING TERM REQUIREMENTS


The Spring Term consists of two mandatory courses:

>>>Part 1 of the course on Research Design and Methods.
(Completion of this part and of the follow-up one in the Winter Term of the Second Year will earn students 4 credits, which will be added to their credit total when they complete part 2).
>>>Workshop on writing an MA thesis proposal.
(This is the second part of the three-part mandatory course on Academic Writing for International Relations. Completion of all three parts will earn students 2 credits, which will be added to their credit total when they complete the third part in the Winter Term of the Second Year).
Students may take additional courses from other departments. However, only a maximum of 2 credits earned in addition to the required 28 may be deducted from their credit requirements for the second year, provided this deduction has been approved in advanced by the Program Director.
Students also may take part in an internship which must be discussed in advance with the Program Director.

Students must complete the two mandatory courses in the Spring Term in order to advance to the Second Year.

Year 2

Credit requirements of the Second Year: 22 credits
If students have earned additional credits from other units in the Spring Term of the First Year, they can ask the Program Director to have 2 of these credits deducted from their credit requirements in the fall term of the Second Year.

FALL TERM REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)


The Fall Term consists of 4 credits of specialization (or mandatory-elective) courses and 8 credits of elective courses.
Students must take a mandatory course:
>>>IF THEY CHOOSE TO SPECIALIZE:
ONE SPECIALIZATION COURSE (4 credits)
1. SECURITY
Borders and Bordering Practices in World Politics, or
Strategy, Security And Contemporary Warfare, or
Foreign Policy Analysis.

2. DEVELOPMENT
International Political Economy or
Ideas in International Political Economy or
Worldly Philosophers Of Capitalism, Democracy And Development.

>>>IF THEY CHOOSE NOT TO SPECIALIZE: One mandatory-elective course. (Note that this course (or these courses) cannot be dropped later on and it is compulsory to take those courses before filling in the necessary amount of credits with courses from other departments.)

Departmental Courses offered in the Fall Term will be announced during the summer of 2019.

Students must complete 12 credits in order to advance to the Winter Term.

WINTER TERM REQUIREMENTS (10 credits)

The Winter Term consists of 2 mandatory courses and 4 credits of specialization (or mandatory-elective) courses.
>>>Students must take the mandatory Part 2 of the course on Research Design and Methods. (By completing both parts of the course, students earn 4 credits in total, which count towards their credit requirements in the winter term).
>>>Students must take the mandatory workshop on MA thesis chapter writing (this workshop is the third part in the three-part course on Academic Writing for International Relations. By completing all three parts students earn 2 credits in total, which count towards their credit requirements in the winter term).

Departmental Courses offered in the Winter Term will be announced during the summer of 2019.

Students must accumulate 10 credits during the Winter Term.

Spring Semester: Thesis Research and Writing (10 credits)

Under faculty supervision, students will prepare an original research paper (thesis) according to the specific criteria.