Scholarship and Skills for Global Careers
Master of Arts in International Relations
Career Tracks help you tailor a program to match your employment goals
Research Centers engage diverse faculty and scholars in pressing society issues
Certificates of Advanced Study can be earned concurrently with your M.A. in IR
Although the priority deadline has passed, applications for the M.P.A. and M.A. (IR) programs are still being accepted for 2023 admission. Scholarships are available for qualified students.
MA in International Relations Core Requirements
The M.A. in international relations requires 40 credits, plus a global internship.
- Core coursework (15 credits) plus an international relations capstone seminar (1 credit) provide foundational knowledge of international affairs, quantitative and qualitative skills, as well as analytic, presentational and writing abilities.
- Signature coursework (3 credits) drawn from Maxwell’s social science departments offer a range of perspectives for addressing emerging global challenges.
- Career track coursework (12 credits) help students develop subject matter expertise relevant to their career goals.
- Elective coursework (9 credits) drawn from across the Maxwell School’s social science graduate departments and the broader graduate course offerings at Syracuse University.
MA in International Relations Career Tracks
- Development and Humanitarian Assistance
- Governance, Diplomacy and International Organizations
- International Political Economy: Finance, Trade and Migration
- Peace, Security and Conflict
- Regional Concentration
Maxwell has a proven track record of excellence preparing students for meaningful careers in the international arena. Through career track course selections, a capstone seminar and a required global internship (often two!), students emerge career ready and primed to take on tomorrow’s tough challenges.
Explore the faculty who teach in the M.A. in international relations program.
International Relations Capstone Seminar
Confront a real-world policy challenge, such as nuclear non-proliferation, climate change and more in this simulation exercise. This 1-credit Maymester course culminates your first year of on-campus studies at Maxwell and serves as a bridge between your academic and professionally focused requirements.
Following the capstone, complete a required global internship abroad or in Washington, D.C. With networks and courses at dozens of locations around the world, Maxwell’s international programs help you build experiences and connections to drive a lifetime of career success.
To Syracuse, DC, Hong Kong and back
Distinguished alumna Kristen (Kris) Patel is the new Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in D.C. and Syracuse. With more than 25 years of experience leading intelligence and analytics programs in the public and private sectors, Patel returns to Maxwell directly from HSBC’s Compliance Office in Asia-Pacific, where she built and managed regional financial crime intelligence capability for one of the world’s largest banks.
Kristen Patel ’90 Econ/PST
Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs