Career Tracks

Alongside the core international relations curriculum, MAIR students pursue studies in one of five career tracks, developing subject-matter expertise in an ever-changing field. The five career tracks draw on the interdisciplinary strengths of the Maxwell School, providing a deeper understanding of how to address complex global challenges.

Five International Relations Career Tracks, Master's Program

Development and Humanitarian Assistance

This track draws on the Maxwell School's experience in program management and evaluation, pairing this with technical skills in program and project design, as well as the cultural and regional understanding needed to ensure that relief programs are contextually appropriate to the target environment.

The broad range of course offerings focus on health, education, environmental sustainability, state-building and democratization, social change, economic growth, humanitarian assistance, and the political and cultural context of development and humanitarian operations.

Governance, Diplomacy and International Organizations

This track draws on the Maxwell School's long history of leadership training and international policy to confer competencies essential to advancing international understanding and organizational operations. This includes negotiation and conflict resolution, cultural awareness, political leadership, and organizational management. Other important skills include diplomacy and foreign policy, and substantive knowledge of regions and inter-state relations.

International Political Economy: Finance, Trade and Migration

Students in this track develop an understanding of the role of internationalization in interest rates, the value of currency and securities, and the economics performance of nation-states and supranational actors.  Students also master the political economy of international trade and multi-national business, as well as gain an in-depth understanding of the linkages between private-sector capital concerns and broader-based political and social issues.

Peace, Security and Conflict

Those interested in careers in security studies, conflict management, and peacebuilding must understand how these new challenges affect the international environment. This understanding allows for the development of more effective policies by nation-states, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations to address threats to international peace and security.

Regional Concentration

Those with a strong interest in a particular country or region may choose to pursue a career track with a regional specialization to expand their area expertise. Through this enhanced understanding, professionals can best structure development programs, assess conflict drivers, and anticipate developments in a country or region.

Students pursuing a regional concentration may also count six credits of related graduate language study towards a regional concentration in Africa, East and South Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa, as well as pursue several certificates of advanced study.

Certificates of Study

Maxwell’s Global Programs are another key component of a regional career track.