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.

International Relations Career Tracks

Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Coursework focused on health, education, environmental sustainability; state-building and democratization; social change; economic growth; and humanitarian assistance and operations to advance careers addressing the most critical needs of vulnerable peoples around the world.  

Governance, Diplomacy and International Organizations

Build skills in negotiation and conflict resolution, cultural awareness, political leadership, and organizational management for leadership positions in international foreign policy, political analysis and diplomacy. 

International Political Economy: Finance, Trade and Migration

Gain a firm grasp on the monetary and financial associations between nation-states and other international economic actors for impactful careers in international business, banking and finance; trade and commerce; public finance, and general international economic policy.

Peace, Security and Conflict

Coursework focused on peacebuilding strategies, national and international security, post-conflict reconstruction, international cooperation, intelligence, military operations and strategy, and transnational threats to prepare the next generation of highly adept policymakers to meet rapidly changing security realities.  

Regional Concentration

Regional concentrations provide coursework expanding expertise across a variety of dimensions of a particular country or region (political and governance structures, historical context, the economy, citizen safety and security; and health and social policies).  There are five regional concentrations:  Africa, East and South Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East and North Africa.  

Certificates of Advanced Study (available to matriculated students) 

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