Core Requirements

The 16-month MAIR Program features five curricular components.

Core Courses

The five core courses for the MAIR degree cover a series of skills needed for success in the international affairs arena, to ensure proficiency in international relations theory, economics, management, program and research evaluation, and statistics.

Signature Courses

Students take one of the five signature courses offered, choosing the course that aligns with their Career Track. The signature courses draw on Maxwell's competitive strengths in comparative political analysis and cultural studies for international relations.

The signature courses are Comparative Foreign Policy (PSC 783), Culture in World Affairs (PAI 707), Development and Sustainability (GEO 606), Economic Dimensions of Global Power (PAI 716), and History of International Relations (HST 645).  

Capstone Seminar

The Capstone Seminar is a one-credit course offered during the Maymester and provides professional training to students before they embark on their internships. During the seminar, students engage in a policy simulation exercise, confronting an alternative future policy problem or crisis.

Students can then apply what they learned during the seminar to their internship experience. We see the capstone as the culminating experience of your first-year of studies at Maxwell and as bridge between the academic and professional aspects of your education.

Global Internship

Practical training is an integral part of the MAIR degree program. As such, all students are required to complete a 3-credit internship. The MAIR Program offers students multiple global program opportunities in the United States and abroad.

See the “Global Programs” section for a more complete description.

Language Requirement

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

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.

Students may demonstrate competency in a second language in several ways, including a transcript indicating the completion of four semesters of university-level language study, a successful proficiency test in a language, or other formal documentation of language ability.

For more detail on the degree requirements for the MAIR program, please consult the Syracuse University Graduate Course Catalog.

You may also download the MAIR Handbook being used by current students in the program.