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Maxwell / Department of Public Administration & International Affairs

MA in International Relations

Language Requirement

Competence in a second language is a foundation for a successful international relations career.

All MA in International Relations students must demonstrate competency in a second modern spoken foreign language, ideally one that relates to your area of study.

Prior to completing the program, students must demonstrate the ability to speak a second language at the 'advanced intermediate level,' equivalent to the Common European Language Framework's B2 proficiency. Students who do not possess this ability upon entry may pursue for-credit graduate language study through Syracuse University's Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics.

Competence in a second language can be demonstrated in several ways, including a transcript demonstrating the completion of four semesters of university-level language study, a successful proficiency test in a language, or other formal documentation of language ability.