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.

The planned program structure in 2020/2021 is as follows (Vienna, Austria):

- on-line orientation (September 7-18)

- fall term (28/Sept/20 – 18/Dec/19) 

- winter term (11/Jan/20 – 2/Apr/20) 

- spring term (6/Apr/20 – 18/Jun/20) 

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.

In order to receive the Master of Arts Degree in International Relations, students must fulfill the following four criteria:

  •  Pass the Academic Writing for International Relations course. Pass the Research Design and Methods in IR course with a grade C+ or above.
  • Achieve the required number of credits in the Fall Term (16 credits) and the Winter Term (12 credits) in the first year; achieve the required number of credits in the Fall Term (12 credits) and the Winter Term (10 credits) in the second year in the manner stipulated in the preceding sections;
  • Pass the Masters thesis with a grade of C+ or above (10 credits);
  • Accumulate 60 credits over six consecutive terms as stipulated above with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.66 or higher.

1 CEU credit equals 2 ECTS credits. 

The program is organised around three mandatory modules:

Research Design and Methods
Thesis
Introductory Module

and three thematic ones:
International Relations Theory and International Law
International Political Economy and Development
International Political Sociology and History

There is also Optional New York Module provided in collaboration with Bard College in New York.

Research Design and Methods Module (14 ECTS)
TERM: Spring Term of the 1st year, Winter Term of the 2nd year. This module is mandatory in its
entirety for all students.
STRUCTURE: This module consists of a mandatory Research Design and Methods in International
Relations course (8 ECTS) taken for grade, and a pass/fail mandatory Academic Writing for
International Relations course (6 ECTS). The first part of each course (Spring Term, 1st year)
introduces students to the variety of research designs and methods practiced in the field of
International Relations. The second part (Winter Term, 2nd year) is focussed on preparing students
for writing their final theses.

Thesis Module (14 ECTS)
TERM: Spring Term, 2nd year. This module is mandatory in its entirety for all students.
STRUCTURE: This module is the written Master’s thesis, 14 ECTS

Introductory Module (24 ECTS)
TERM: Fall TERM, 1st year. This module is mandatory for all students.
STRUCTURE: This module consists of six mandatory-elective courses (8 ECTS each) subdivided into
three clusters. Each cluster serves as a gateway leading to thematic modules offered later in the
program. Students must choose one course from each cluster.

International Relations Theory and International Law Module (minimum 8 ECTS)
TERM: Winter and Spring terms of the 1st year, Fall and Winter terms of the 2nd year.
STRUCTURE: This module consists of a number of elective courses (8 ECTS each) out of which
students must take at least one.

International Political Economy and Development Module (minimum 8 ECTS)
TERM: Winter and Spring terms of the 1st year, Fall and Winter terms of the 2nd year.
STRUCTURE: This module consists of a number of elective courses (8 ECTS each) out of which
students must take at least one.

International Political Sociology and History Module (minimum 8 ECTS)
TERM: Winter and Spring terms of the 1st year, Fall and Winter terms of the 2nd year.
STRUCTURE: This module consists of a number of elective courses (8 ECTS each) out of which
students must take at least one.

PROGRAM SAMPLE SCHEDULE

FIRST YEAR

Fall Term Courses ECTS

International Relations Concepts and Theories 8
International Political Economy 8
What Is Diplomacy? 8

Winter Term Courses ECTS

Nationalism, Populism and Ethnic Conflict Management in Eastern Europe 8
Borders and Bordering Practices in World Politics 8
Economic Inequality: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 8

Spring Term Courses ECTS

Research Design and Methods in International Relations 4
Academic Writing for International Relations 4
Advanced issues in International Political Economy: Development finance in a turbulent global economy 4

Year total 60

SECOND YEAR

Fall Term Courses ECTS

Courses from the Optional New York Module 24
Winter Term Courses ECTS
Research Design and Methods in International Relations 4
Academic Writing for International Relations 2
Organizing the World: international institutions and global governance 8
Europe in Crises: Integration under International and Internal Threat 8

Spring Term Courses ECTS

Thesis 14

Year total 60

Program total 120