International Relations

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My St. Mary’s University education paid dividends for me by empowering my mind intellectually in a way that would not have occurred without my graduate studies there. Based on this, St. Mary’s certainly prepared me for a career in international banking following the completion of my graduate studies when I left the active duty military and, without a doubt, I will always be grateful for my time there.
– Travis Christian, (M.A. ’07)

About the Master of Arts in International Relations

The Master of Arts International Relations program serves as an information repository for international relations events and their implications in today’s world. Integrating the disciplines of political science, history, anthropology, international law, sociology, and geography, the Master of Arts in International Relations provides students with the interdisciplinary education necessary for better understanding the complicated nature of global issues and events.

St. Mary’s offers two graduate program options: on-campus and online.

The on-campus program offers a Master of Arts degree in International Relations concentration options in Security Policy, International Development Studies, and International Conflict Resolution. The online program offers a Master of Arts degree in International Relations with a concentration in Security Policy.

Both programs require 36 credit hours of coursework during which students gain a breadth of knowledge concerning the behavior of states and non-state actors in the international arena, as well as a depth of knowledge in their focus areas. The degree is designed to permit students to integrate internships and/or study abroad opportunities into the curriculum.


Vision

A former IR student in BangladeshThe St. Mary’s Graduate International Relations Department is committed to cultivating informed and responsible leaders in the global community.

Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing global security and human development, the Master of Arts in International Relations provides students with a comprehensive framework for studying and engaging international issues and the global common good.

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Learn how Wilson Guthungu uses faith to transform conflict in Kenya.

The Academic Certificate Program in Conflict Transformation is a nine-month, four-course program, providing participants with practical and creative peace-building approaches  to help transform conflict and heal divided societies in constructive and sustainable ways.

The next cohort will begin
Sept. 1, 2016.

Programs Options

Department Chair Aaron Tyler on a trip to Bangladesh.On-campus Program

The International Relations Graduate Program’s on-campus option offers three areas of concentration: International Conflict Resolution, International Development Studies, and Security Policy. Students can select between a thesis or non-thesis option.

Students graduate with an understanding of major cultural, economic, historical, political and social themes and are prepared to work in international development agencies, transnational corporations, private financial institutions, international, education and cultural endeavors, private institutions or government agencies at the federal, state or local level, and non-governmental, non-profit organizations.

Course content includes perspectives from the areas of economics, history, political science, and anthropology. Issues range from nuclear proliferation and conventional arms trade to narcotrafficking, trade imbalances, environmental conflict and race/ethnic/gender/religious issues.

 


Online Program

Since 2004, St. Mary’s University has offered a graduate online program in international relations.  The International Relations Online Master of Arts program offers students a non-thesis, 12 course study focused on Security Policy.  This program is an interdisciplinary examination and analysis of national and international security.

Course content includes perspectives from the areas of economics, history, and political science. Issues range from nuclear proliferation and conventional arms trade to narco-trafficking, trade imbalances, environmental conflict and race/ethnic/gender/religious issues.

Students can complete the master’s degree in two years or less.

I was drawn to the master’s in International Relations at St. Mary’s because it emphasizes critical thinking, individual responsibility and community outreach. I gained a newfound perspective on diverse approaches to global issues.
– Chris Logsdon, (M.A. ’14)


Comprehensive Examination and Language Proficiency

Students choosing the non-thesis option must pass a written comprehensive examination prior to graduation from the program.  Students typically complete the comprehensive examination during their final semester of coursework.  Successful passage of the examination is required for graduation.

All students (thesis and non-thesis) in any of the three programs must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language in order to be recommended for graduation. Language proficiency is demonstrated by summarizing a brief article from a foreign language source into English. Students for whom English is not their first language or are certified linguists may be exempted from the foreign language proficiency requirement. Final determination of exemption is made by the Department Chair.

For admission requirements, curriculum and graduate requirements, please visit the Graduate Catalog.

Areas of Concentration

The campus program offers three concentration options: Security Policy, International Development and International Conflict Resolution.


Security Policy

grad_international_relations_studentsSecurity Policy is an interdisciplinary examination and analysis of national and international security issues.

Course content integrates perspectives from the areas of economics, history, and political science.

Issues range from nuclear proliferation and conventional arms trade to narcotrafficking, trade imbalances, environmental conflict and race/ethnic/gender/religious issues. This concentration is also offered online.


Guy MartoranaInternational Development

International Development Studies examines the interrelatedness of economics, business, politics and socio-cultural realities in the promotion of human welfare in the global arena.

An emphasis is placed on analyzing and understanding the root causes of poverty and underdevelopment and considering various strategies and efforts to promote sustainable, just development.


Image of Dr Hufford talking with studentsInternational Conflict Resolution

International Conflict Resolution is an interdisciplinary examination and analysis of the root causes of political, cultural and economic conflict.

An emphasis is placed on policies and programs designed to prevent and resolve violent conflict.

Joint J.D. and Master’s

Due to the increasing internationalization of relations between countries and the increase in globalization of the world’s economy, there is a need for lawyers to have an international perspective in the practice of law.

The St. Mary’s School of Law and Graduate Studies offer a joint program of study leading to the degrees of Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Arts in International Relations. The joint degree program allows a student to complete the requirements for both degrees in three or four years.

The degrees may be earned with the completion of a total of 108 hours of law and international relations credits. Credits are transferred as electives accordingly to satisfy the 90 hours of law for the J.D. degree and the 36 hours of international relations for the M.A. degree. The first year of study consists of law courses.

During the second and third years, the student completes the remaining law courses, and appropriate international relations courses. You must apply to and be accepted by both the Law School and  Graduate Studies. An acceptable LSAT score may be substituted for the GRE.

Next Steps

Would you like more information or are you ready to apply to St. Mary’s?

Graduate Admissions
210-436-3101

Amber Aubone, Ph.D.
Program Director, Graduate International Relations
210-436-3111

Learn more about International Relations in the Graduate Catalog

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