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Executive Master of International Relations


The EMIR prepares leaders and managers for the challenges and opportunities leading organizations in the global arena.  The degree attracts professionals who wish to gain experience in one of six career tracks:  Kim_Soonhee_6011k - EMIR Landing Page_thumbnailGlobal Markets; Global Development; Foreign Policy; Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; Global Security or Transnational Organizations and Leadership.  Additionally, a regional focus in one of five geographic regions is required:  Africa; Asia; Europe; Latin America and the Middle East.   The 30-credit EMIR can be completed in one calendar year or on a part-time basis depending on the needs of the schedule and career demands of the student.  A Certificate of Advanced Study  can also be pursued concurrently in a myriad of disciplines.  A dual degree  in EMIR and Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) is also an option.

The EMIR in DC is a unique master's program intended for mid-career professionals who are looking to advance their career and deepen their understanding of critical global issues.  This degree can be completed in as little at 18 months part-time, with evening seminars and short, intensive sessions to accommodate busy schedules.

The EMIR is an inter-disciplinary program, drawing upon relevant coursework from across both the Maxwell School and the University. Specific course listings are provided by the International Relations department each semester. A more general description of courses offered across the University can be found in the graduate course catalog .

The EMIR degree requirements are divided into five elements:
• 2 required core courses
• 1 signature course
• 3 career track courses
• 1 regional course
• 3 PAI elective courses

Required Core Courses (6 credits total)
• PAI 895: Executive Education Seminar
• PAI 996: Master’s Application Project

Signature Course (choose one, 3 credits total)
• PSC 783: Comparative Foreign Policy
• PAI 713: Governance & Global Civil Society

Career Track Courses (choose from three track areas, 9 credits total)
• Global Markets
• Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
• Global Development Policy
• Foreign Policy
• Global Security
• Transnational Organizations and Leadership

Regional Area Courses (choose one, 3 credits total)
• Africa
• Asia
• Europe
• Latin America
• Middle East

Elective Courses (choose from three, 9 total credits)