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Top Ranked Program
The St. Mary’s University Master of Arts in International Relations program was listed on GradReports’ 25 Best Master’s in International Relations Degrees in 2020. GradReports bases the rankings on alumni earnings in the first year after graduation.
St. Mary’s offers two graduate program formats: on-campus or online.
The program offers two concentrations:
- Sustainable Development and Conflict Transformation
- Security Policy
If a student is deployed or moves out of the area while enrolled in the on-campus program, he/she may transfer to the online program, which provides students with the flexibility needed to accommodate their changing lives.
On-campus students can also pursue:
The program emphasizes clarity in communication and prepares students to serve as mediators between people from different countries.
- International Political Economy
- Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies
- Sustainable Development
- Inter-American Security Issues
- Theories on the Causes of War
Find course descriptions and requirements:
Students who pursue the Master of Arts in International Relations can choose a concentration to focus on. Learn more about each path.
Available on-campus and online
Security 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 narco-trafficking, trade imbalances, environmental conflict and race/ethnic/gender/religious issues.
Available on-campus and online
This focus area is premised on the notion that international development and the consolidation of peace in post-conflict settings are interrelated and mutually constitutive. Emphasis is placed on the study of human security, peace building and a culturally-sensitive approach to holistic development.
Sustainable Development and Conflict Transformation
Students can intern within the United States or abroad for up to six semester hours of elective credit. Internships may be with governmental, non-governmental or private sector organizations. Online students should contact the program director to determine if an internship is possible.
Examples of our students’ previous internships:
- NGOs in Mexico, Guatemala, Bangladesh and the European Union
- El Salvador Office of Human Rights
Federal Public Service Sector.
- Secret Service
- Department of State
- Department of Defense
- Foreign government agencies in Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Uruguay, Mexico, Belize, Peru
State and City Government:
- State Representative Irma Rangel
- City of San Antonio International Affairs Office
- City of Kumamoto, Japan
Non-Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations:
- Socially Responsible Investment Coalition
- International Red Cross, Boston
- Institute of International Education, Houston
- Japanese Corporation, San Francisco Law Office
- Mexico Free Trade Alliance
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the St. Mary’s University School of Law
Graduates make a difference in a wide variety of career paths in government, nonprofit organizations, development agencies, global businesses and cultural institutions.
Students graduate with an understanding of major cultural, economic, historical, political and social themes and are prepared to work in a variety of sectors, such as:
- State Department
- Department of Defense
- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
- U.S. Border Patrol
- Local International Affairs offices
- Danka Industries
- The Rand Corporation
- General Motors
- Wells Fargo
- Peace Corps
- Institute for Integrated Rural Development (IIRD)
- Bread for the World
- World Wildlife Fund
- The United Nations
- World Bank
- Amnesty International
- Human Rights Watch
- Public and private schools
- Community colleges
- Overseas teaching opportunities
Chris Logsdon, (M.A. ’14)
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.
Alumna has traveled the world, rebuilding and changing communities
Grad gives back by establishing schools abroad
A World of Good: Alum is opening minds and doors for a new generation of service-oriented students
International Relations Professor Delivers Lectures Around the World
St. Mary’s grad student receives honor for military service
Actions Reflect Passion
Larry Hufford delivers final lecture and lasting wisdom
Kathleen M. Gallagher, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Graduate International Relations
Michael J. Sullivan, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Graduate International Relations
Aaron Tyler, Ph.D. Professor of International Relations
Claudia Donoso, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Graduate International Relations
Daniel Njoroge Karanja, Ph.D., D.Min. Adjunct Professor
Jalal Nejad, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor of Graduate International Relations
Michael Malone, J.D. Adjunct Professor of Graduate International Relations
Steven Zaveloff Adjunct Professor of Graduate International Relations
Ian O. Smith, Ph.D. Adjunct Instructor