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What Are the Top Schools for a Master's Degree in International Relations?

A master's degree in International Relations prepares graduates for a career in homeland security, government administration or marketing. The following article examines three top schools with Master's degree programs in international relations.

How to Select an International Relations School

Master's programs sometimes involve internships or a thesis toward the end of study. Developing proficiency in at least a second language besides English may be a requirement, as well. Many programs also involve opportunities to study abroad.

Three Schools for International Relations

Columbia University in New York City

Columbia is renowned in the field of international relations and affairs. The degree program requires students to demonstrate proficiency in a language outside of English and has internship requirements. The program also includes a capstone project wherein students gain hands-on experience with diverse organizations in various sectors. You could earn the following degree:

  • Master of International Affairs

Princeton University in New Jersey

Graduate students at Princeton University can take the Master of Public Affairs. Through the master's degree program, students participate in research in international relations, study policies affecting government and meet leaders in the field. Princeton offers this degree:

  • Master of Public Affairs

Pennsylvania State University in University Park

Pennsylvania State University confers a Master of Science in Political Science with a specialization in international relations, as well as a Master of International Affairs. In the Political Science International Relations specialization, students learn about cross-cultural conflict and resolution and scientific research methods. You could gain this degree:

  • Master of Science in Political Science with a specialization in international relations
  • Master of International Affairs
  • Joint Master/Juris Doctor of International Affairs (MIA/JD)

Top Schools for a Master's in International Relations

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
Harvard University 4-year, Private Cambridge, MA$47,000
Stanford University 4-year, Private Stanford, CA$51,000
University of California - San Diego 4-year, Public La Jolla, CA$13,000
University of Michigan 4-year, Public Ann Arbor, MI$23,000
New York University 4-year, Private New York, NY$45,000
Ohio State University 4-year, Public Columbus, OH$12,000
Yale University 4-year, Private New Haven, CT$42,000
University of Wisconsin - Madison 4-year, Public Madison, WI$12,000
University of Chicago 4-year, Private Chicago, IL$59,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4-year, Private Cambridge, MA$55,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education