International Relations Program FAQs

1. Why should I earn a Master of Arts in International Relations?

Norwich University’s Master of Arts in International Relations program equips students with a comphrehensive understanding of the political, economic, and cultural issues impacting today's global stage, as well as core theories, underlying principles and practical strategies. Students graduate with valuable skills in research, information literacy, critical thinking, and communications.

2. How do I qualify for the international relations program?

The Master of Arts in International Relations program welcomes goal-oriented individuals who share our passion for public service and are committed to furthering their field and contributing positively to their community. For a list of eligibility requirements, visit the international relations program admissions page.

3. What courses can I take in the international relations program?

Students can choose from a variety of courses specific to their interests in the field of international relations. Course topics include international terrorism, human rights and conflict, world politics and the international system. For a complete course listing, visit the international relations program page.

4. What concentrations may I specialize in?

Students can choose one of five concentrations: international security, national security, international development, cyber diplomacy or regions of the world.

5. How much will this program cost?

The current, all-inclusive cost for the Master of Arts in International Relations program is $27,010. For detailed information about program costs, visit the tuition information page.

6. Is there a major research project?

Under the direction of a Norwich faculty member, students will complete a master’s research paper (MRP) on a research topic of their choice within the field of international relations.

7. How have graduates of the diplomacy and international relations programs applied their degree?

Our diplomacy and international relations alumni have found employment with a variety of public and private organizations including BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, the U.S. Army, CACI International, the Cato Institute, Grant Thornton LLP, Cable News Network, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, and Wells Fargo. For more information, visit the diplomacy program career outcomes page.

8. How are the international relations program faculty members selected?

International Relations program instructors hold terminal degrees from established universities. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience, a strong research record, and solid, practical experience in international relations. To meet some of the featured program faculty, visit the international relations program page.

9. What are the requirements for applying to the program?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, SpanTran, or CED.
  • A GRE score is not required but may be requested based on your undergraduate GPA.
  • If English was not the language of previous degree study, proof of English language proficiency and minimum TOEFL scores of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test, or iBT) are required unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.
10. Is it possible to work full-time while enrolled in the international relations program?

Yes, the international relations program is designed to complement your day-to-day work schedule.

11. How long is the international relations program?

The program’s five courses take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.