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International Relations at St. Mary’s

Professor Kathleen Gallagher, Ph.D., interacts with people from recently liberated slave populations in Kohalpur, Nepal.
Professor Kathleen Gallagher conducting field research in western Nepal with recently liberated slave populations.

International Relations helps students explore the ways in which global, regional and domestic factors affect relations between countries, businesses, activists, communities, and international organizations.

Integrating the disciplines of political science, history, anthropology, law, philosophy and religion, the Master of Arts in International Relations provides students with the interdisciplinary education necessary to understand the complicated nature of global issues and events.

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.

  • Degree Plans

    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:

  • Courses in International Relations

    The program emphasizes clarity in communication and prepares students to serve as mediators between people from different countries.

    Sample courses:

    • 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:

  • Concentrations

    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.

    Security Policy

    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
  • Internships

    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:

    International Organizations:

    • 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

    Private Sector:

    • 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
  • Career Opportunities

    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:

    Public Sector:

    • State Department
    • Department of Defense
    • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
    • U.S. Border Patrol
    • Local International Affairs offices

    Private Sector:

    • Rackspace
    • Danka Industries
    • The Rand Corporation
    • General Motors
    • Wells Fargo

    Not-for-Profit Sector: 

    • Peace Corps
    • Institute for Integrated Rural Development (IIRD)
    • Goodwill
    • Bread for the World
    • World Wildlife Fund

    International Organizations:

    • The United Nations
    • World Bank
    • Amnesty International
    • Human Rights Watch


    • Public and private schools
    • Community colleges
    • Overseas teaching opportunities

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)

Summer Study Tours

This holistic approach to international relations is further strengthened by internship opportunities and international study tours, creating a dynamic educational experience that is truly transformational in nature.

International Relations students can participate in faculty-led international field studies. Studying abroad enables students to apply theoretical knowledge pertaining to conflict transformation, social justice and human security. Students can earn up to six hours of graduate credit.

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Learn More

We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have! Feel free to reach out to learn more about St. Mary’s University.

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