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Gain a relevant degree from a respected institution with the flexibility and online format to finish in as short as 18 months. This combination, along with Norwich’s military friendly history and administration, makes it unique.


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Master of Arts in International Relations

Develop a Worldview with Real-World Application

You only have to look at the crises happening around the world to see that international relations affects us all. That’s why we’re preparing global leaders for large-scale engagement. With our online Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR), you can become one of them.

As the oldest private military college in the nation, our perspective on international relations is unlike that of any other school. Our online MAIR curriculum uniquely positions you to explore the political, economic, and cultural issues impacting today’s global stage and prepares you for a meaningful academic or professional career working across the ever-changing international arena.

 

Degree
  • Master of Arts
Concentrations
  • Cyber Diplomacy
  • International Development
  • International Security
  • National Security
  • Regions of the World

Why Norwich?


Learn from expert faculty members.

Tailor your learning with five concentration options.

Showcase your expertise with our practice-oriented curriculum and master's research paper.

Learn how to analyze and apply data, understand international relations theories and laws, and dig into research and topics that matter most to you.

Apply to one of four start dates.

Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality and low net cost of attendance, according to U.S. News & World Report.*

*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who received the average level of need-based finanical aid.

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1 Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

15 Students

Maximum number of students per class

18 Months

Average time to program completion

3 September

Next Start Date

6 August

Application Deadline

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Curriculum

International Relations Program Curriculum

Norwich’s 33-credit MAIR program is comprised of five, 11-week courses. Instead of a core curriculum, your first courses are focused in the concentration of your choice and then followed by one elective course. Students master one course at a time, to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics.

Our graduates can:

Understand the intricacies of international relations.

  • Learn to consider events from a wide variety of perspectives, evaluate societal consequences and excel in your area of interest.

Develop a worldview with real-world application.

  • Gain a command of the dominant theories that impact foreign relations, and learn how to leverage qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to build compelling cases based on reliable insights and exercise your influence with high credibility.

Graduate with a leadership mindset.

  • Develop the situational leadership skills to operate across intricate international settings by studying the multidimensional aspects of culture, economics, politics and the distribution of power influencing our modern society.

Which degree is right for you? International relations or diplomacy?

International relations is a broad field. If you career goals center soley on diplomatic processess, explore our online Master of Arts in Diplomacy program.

Choose Your Online MAIR Concentration

Select a concentration that fits your career and professional goals.

International Security

Focus on the protection of nations on an international level through foreign policies and world politics. To pursue studies in international security, you will complete the following courses.

  • World Politics – International Relations
    IR510 6 credit hours

    This course lays a foundation for all future studies of international relations and world politics. It explores the dominant theories of international relations, and main trends in world politics. The course addresses seminal changes and developments in modern international politics, especially since the end of the Cold War. It reviews all main theoretical assumptions and world views in the study of international relations. The course also surveys the evolution of the discipline, and its various areas of study.

  • American Foreign Policy
    IR520 6 credit hours

    The American Foreign Policy seminar will encompass the period from 1898 to the present and will review the most important cases in the history of the US foreign relations. It will also address the areas of foreign policy decision making, and theories and methods in foreign policy studies.

  • International Security
    IR530 6 credit hours

    This course surveys some of the major debates and topics in international security. It is designed to give students an understanding of the most important substantive areas in the field of international security and to connect it with academic research on security‐related issues to policy. The course will examine both traditional understandings of and approaches to international security. New actors and issues considered relevant since the end of the Cold War will be discussed. The tension between the relative importance of traditional approaches to security, interstate relations, and the relevance or impact of less immediate but important influences such as human security and climate change will also be examined.

  • Elective Option for 4th Course
    Elective 6 credit hours

    Students in the concentration will choose to take one of the following electives as their fourth course in the international relations program. Courses and course descriptions are cross-listed with the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program.

    • GD540 Conflict Avoidance, Prevention and Containment in the International System
    • GD541 Diplomacy in Practice (available for the International Security concentration)
    • GD550 Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the International System
    • GD560 Military Intervention and Conflict Management in the International System
    • GD561 Human Rights and Conflict in the International System
    • GD562 International Response to Transnational Terrorism
  • IR Field Exam
    IR555 0 credit hours

    The International Relations Field Exam is a graduation requirement of the international relations program. The exam is based on material from the first four seminars.

  • Master's Research Paper
    IR590 9 credit hours

    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.

National Security

Focus on the protection of nations on a national level through foreign policies and world politics. To pursue studies in national security, you will complete the following courses.

  • World Politics – International Relations
    IR510 6 credit hours

    This course lays a foundation for all future studies of international relations and world politics. It explores the dominant theories of international relations, and main trends in world politics. The course addresses seminal changes and developments in modern international politics, especially since the end of the Cold War. It reviews all main theoretical assumptions and world views in the study of international relations. The course also surveys the evolution of the discipline, and its various areas of study.

  • American Foreign Policy
    IR520 6 credit hours

    The American Foreign Policy seminar will encompass the period from 1898 to the present and will review the most important cases in the history of the US foreign relations. It will also address the areas of foreign policy decision making, and theories and methods in foreign policy studies.

  • National Security
    IR531 6 credit hours

    The survey course in national security explores the important concepts, theories and modes of analysis that are frequently addressed in homeland security and critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) protection.  Real-world examples of security threats to the United States, both man-made and natural disasters, are addressed as the course material and exercises take into account the vast networks and interrelated complex systems  that form America’s critical infrastructure. This course examines various methods and instruments available to policy-makers and practitioners to avoid, manage, mitigate and resolve major security threats and events.

  • Intelligence and National Security Policy
    IR541 6 credit hours

    Intelligence plays a key role in US national security. This course provides the history, structure, roles, and responsibility of the intelligence community, and the relationship between intelligence agencies and senior policy makers, including Congress and the President. It also explains intelligence as a discipline including collection and analysis as well how oversight and accountability are applied to intelligence activities. This course challenges students to evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of the intelligence community and its products against changing threats to the United States.

  • IR Field Exam
    IR555 0 credit hours

    The International Relations Field Exam is a graduation requirement of the international relations program. The exam is based on material from the first four seminars.

  • Master's Research Paper
    IR590 9 credit hours

    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.

International Development

Study global economic systems, human rights, globalization, and how each relates to a nation’s development. To pursue studies in international development, you will complete the following courses.

Courses are cross-listed with the Master of Arts in Diplomacy and the Master of Public Administration program.

  • World Politics – International Relations
    IR510 6 credit hours

    This course lays a foundation for all future studies of international relations and world politics. It explores the dominant theories of international relations, and main trends in world politics. The course addresses seminal changes and developments in modern international politics, especially since the end of the Cold War. It reviews all main theoretical assumptions and world views in the study of international relations. The course also surveys the evolution of the discipline, and its various areas of study.

  • Economics and the International System
    GD530 6 credit hours

    You will explore the international economic system, examine the impact of modernization within the system, and investigate the controversy over the concept of globalization and the debate of free trade versus protectionism. You will become familiar with the international financial network and its institutions. Special attention will be given to Third World development issues and the concept of economics as a tool of diplomacy and military power.

  • The Political Economy of International Development
    IR543 6 credit hours

    This seminar looks at the process of facilitating development as encompassing a complex set of social, economic, political, cultural and institutional transformations. The seminar will introduce students to the wide range of theories about development that inform issues such as the economic effects of different growth strategies, the difficulties of foreign aid as well as the role of markets, states and civil society. Specifically, we will study questions such as:

    • How important are political institutions to economic development and what role do they play?
    • How does economics affect political institutions and government policies?
    • Why do inefficient and/or harmful institutions survive?

    Highlighted will be the interplay of theories and histories of various forms of development to provide a graduate level of introduction to the political economy of development in a theoretical, historical, and comparative perspective.

  • Capital and International Development
    IR553 6 credit hours

    The course explores the relationship between capital and institutions of human society. It explains what capital is and how it works, and addresses unequal economic development among global regions, the role of international aid, conditions of global poverty, and debates about better international development policies.

  • IR Field Exam
    IR555 0 credit hours

    The International Relations Field Exam is a graduation requirement of the international relations program. The exam is based on material from the first four seminars.

  • Master's Research Paper
    IR590 9 credit hours

    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.

Cyber Diplomacy – Policy Track

Learn about international law and cyber warfare, which includes cyber espionage, cyber terrorism, and cyber activism. To pursue studies in the cyber diplomacy policy track, you will take the courses listed below.

The cyber policy coursework will be taught from the curriculum in the Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program. Courses are cross-listed with the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program.

  • World Politics – International Relations
    IR510 6 credit hours

    This course lays a foundation for all future studies of international relations and world politics. It explores the dominant theories of international relations, and main trends in world politics. The course addresses seminal changes and developments in modern international politics, especially since the end of the Cold War. It reviews all main theoretical assumptions and world views in the study of international relations. The course also surveys the evolution of the discipline, and its various areas of study.

  • Law and the International System
    GD520 6 credit hours

    You will explore the structure of the international system as defined by its rules and guidelines. The course presents an introduction to international law terminology and its history and theory. Laws surrounding conflict, war, war crimes, and the rising areas of international law, environmental law, and laws concerning humanitarian intervention will be explored. Of special interest will be laws pertaining to human rights.

  • Cyber Policy I
    GD547 6 credit hours

    This course deals with vulnerabilities of computer networks and techniques for protecting networks and data, basic elements of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, secure e-commerce, involving secure transmission, authentication, digital signatures, digital certificates and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), as well as issues in privacy and piracy. The course also addresses basic definitions and nomenclature in the area of security assessment, risk analysis derived from actual cases. Students are expected to use critical thinking skills as they go through the material rather than accepting facts at face value.

  • Cyber Policy II
    GD557 6 credit hours

    The course introduces sociological and psychological issues in policy implementation, and as they relate to information security specific policies. It explores the psychology of the attacker, examines the motivation and techniques of cyber criminals and hackers, and stresses the importance of the user in the success of security systems. The course introduces basic perceptual, cognitive, and motivational processes and biases that compromise security and increase vulnerability to attacks. Interaction of humans with machines and technology and its effects on security in organizations is also discussed. The course addresses the entire lifecycle of policy creation and enactment and presents issue specific policies in different domains of security. The structure of the policy is also discussed to assist in design and modification of policies. Several examples from different domains are incorporated to provide context of real life situations. This course also examines the tools and techniques of cyber-attacks that are common to cyber warfare, cyber espionage, cyber terrorism and cyber activism and efforts to control or mitigate the threat of cyber warfare through diplomacy, arms control treaties and confidence building measures, as well it discusses key impediments to cooperation such as policy differences among states over Internet governance, censorship, data protection and privacy.

  • IR Field Exam
    IR555 0 credit hours

    The International Relations Field Exam is a graduation requirement of the international relations program. The exam is based on material from the first four seminars.

  • Master's Research Paper
    IR590 9 credit hours

    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.

Cyber Diplomacy – Technical Track

Learn about international law and cyber warfare, which includes cyber espionage, cyber terrorism, and cyber activism. To pursue studies in the cyber diplomacy technical track, you will take the courses listed below.

The cyber systems coursework will be taught from the curriculum in the Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program. Courses are cross-listed with the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program.

  • World Politics – International Relations
    IR510 6 credit hours

    This course lays a foundation for all future studies of international relations and world politics. It explores the dominant theories of international relations, and main trends in world politics. The course addresses seminal changes and developments in modern international politics, especially since the end of the Cold War. It reviews all main theoretical assumptions and world views in the study of international relations. The course also surveys the evolution of the discipline, and its various areas of study.

  • Law and the International System
    GD520 6 credit hours

    You will explore the structure of the international system as defined by its rules and guidelines. The course presents an introduction to international law terminology and its history and theory. Laws surrounding conflict, war, war crimes, and the rising areas of international law, environmental law, and laws concerning humanitarian intervention will be explored. Of special interest will be laws pertaining to human rights.

  • Studies in Cyber Systems I
    GD548 6 credit hours

    This course addresses computer forensics investigation as prescribed by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). It introduces computer forensics concepts, as well as techniques for identifying, collecting, preserving and triaging digital evidence consistent with industry standards and best practices, as well as, assorted hardware and software utilized by computer forensic practitioners. The course will also examine operational considerations of cyber warfare and a battlefield perspective with real incident data sets to illustrate different incident analysis techniques. Also discussed are management of computer security incidents, including detailing different types of incidents, identification, preparation, and analysis of incidents, gathering of evidence, recovery and follow-up. It teaches how to implement security in networks, how to harden their information security environment and set up secure infrastructure. The course covers both wired and wireless network security, database security, and general computer security practices.

  • Studies in Cyber Systems II
    GD558 6 credit hours

    The course navigates sections of classical mathematics and computer science used to construct mathematical models of information security. It discusses the need for mathematical models in different security paradigms along with the essential definitions, concepts and results for developing the models, their strengths and weaknesses, and, consequently, its application to practical problems. The course also addresses statistical methods for forensic accounting and assurance, internal controls and financial information systems, and auditing of modern complex accounting information systems.

  • IR Field Exam
    IR555 0 credit hours

    The International Relations Field Exam is a graduation requirement of the international relations program. The exam is based on material from the first four seminars.

  • Master's Research Paper
    IR590 9 credit hours

    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.

Regions of the World

Specialize your understanding of the issues, debates, and events pertinent to a specific world region; choose from eight world regions. To pursue studies of a region of the world, you will complete the following courses.

  • World Politics – International Relations
    IR510 6 credit hours

    This course lays a foundation for all future studies of international relations and world politics. It explores the dominant theories of international relations, and main trends in world politics. The course addresses seminal changes and developments in modern international politics, especially since the end of the Cold War. It reviews all main theoretical assumptions and world views in the study of international relations. The course also surveys the evolution of the discipline, and its various areas of study.

  • American Foreign Policy
    IR520 6 credit hours

    The American Foreign Policy seminar will encompass the period from 1898 to the present and will review the most important cases in the history of the US foreign relations. It will also address the areas of foreign policy decision making, and theories and methods in foreign policy studies.

  • Elective Option for 3rd Course
    Elective 6 credit hours

    Students in the concentration will choose to take one of the following electives as their fourth course in the international relations program.

    • IR530 International Security
    • GD530 Economics in the International System
    • GD520 International Law
  • Regions of the World
    Elective 6 credit hours

    For the fourth course, students will choose a region of the world from the list below to evaluate various political, economic, and/or social issues; correlate historical, political and/or economic origins of an international phenomenon; and employ theories and methodological skills to clarify complex issues in international relations.

    • IR549 Regions of the World - Africa
    • IR549 Regions of the World - Asia-Pacific
    • IR549 Regions of the World - Europe
    • IR549 Regions of the World - Eurasia
    • IR549 Regions of the World - Latin America
    • IR549 Regions of the World - Middle East
    • IR549 Regions of the World - North America
    • IR549 Regions of the World - South Asia
  • IR Field Exam
    IR555 0 credit hours

    The International Relations Field Exam is a graduation requirement of the international relations program. The exam is based on material from the first four seminars.

  • Master's Research Paper
    IR590 9 credit hours

    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.

Residency

The final academic requirement for the international relations program is a residency at the beautiful and historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. Students have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.

Admissions

At a Glance

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher

 

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Next Start Date
Monday, September 3, 2018
Application Deadline
Monday, August 6, 2018

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Finance

Overview

When applying for the Master of Arts in International Relations program at Norwich University, there are two essential factors to consider: what does it cost, and how can you pay for it? There are many ways to get financial assistance and several financial strategies that can help you achieve your academic and professional goals. We are here to help you identify and pursue the options that are best for you.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 33
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $751
2018-19 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs

Rate Per Credit Term Tuition Additional Expenses Total
$751 $4,506

Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time

$27,183

Careers & Outcomes

Career Opportunities for Master of Arts in International Relations Graduates

At Norwich, you can prepare for a meaningful academic or professional career working across the ever-changing international arena. In 2016, Forbes.com ranked international relations among the top 25 "Best Master's Degrees for Jobs."

Our graduates have pursued a variety of roles, including:

Career Roles

  • Campaign Operative
  • Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
  • Corporate Adviser for Governmental Relations
  • Federal Government Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Foreign Ambassador
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • International Research Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Advisor
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Publisher
  • Research Analyst or Associate
  • State Government Advisor
  • Teacher

As international relations experts, our alumni must be well-versed in many areas, including:

Areas of Skills

  • Diplomacy
  • Economics
  • Global studies
  • Human rights
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology

How much can you earn with a MAIR degree?

Employers today appreciate leaders with a global perspective. That's why careers associated with this degree are projected to grow at a steady rate from 2014 to 2024 (Forbes.com). According to Payscale.com, mid-career professionals working in the international relations field earn a median salary of $97,500.

Faculty & Staff

Our online International Relations program is led by a faculty of experts covering a wide range of international relations topics, including international systems, conflict avoidance and resolution, political theory, and foreign policy. Each are here, from beginning to end, to help you reach your academic, professional, and personal goals.

We have an in-house instructional design team that work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience in each course.

Program Director

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Lasha Tchantouridzé, PhD

Dr. Lasha Tchantouridzé is Professor and Director of the graduate programs in Diplomacy and International Relations. He is also a Davis Center Associate, Harvard University, Boston, MA; Research Fellow, the Center for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; and Advisory Board Member of Peace & War Center at Norwich University. He earned his PhD in International Relations from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Tchantouridzé’s research interests are at the intersection of diplomacy and force in international politics, and his academic publications are in the areas of geopolitics, Russian foreign policy, Canadian foreign policy, the Arctic, the Black Sea basin, international politics in the Caucasus, and NATO-Russia relations.

Recent Publications:

“The Black Sea question in Russo-Turkish Relations,” in Contemporary Russo-Turkish Relations: From Crisis to Cooperation, ed. by Ali Askerov, Lexington Books, 2018.

“Contending Policies of Russia and Turkey: The Syrian Crisis,” co-authored with Ali Askerov, in Contemporary Russo-Turkish Relations: From Crisis to Cooperation, ed. by Ali Askerov, Lexington Books, 2018.

“Appeasement of Russia and the Return of Great Power Politics in Europe,” Eastern Europe – Regional Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2017.

“საპარლამენტო სისტემის პრობლემები განვითარებადი დემოკრატიის პირობებში” (“Problems of the Parliamentary System in Developing Democracies,” in Georgian), პოლიტიკა (Politics), 2017, Vol. 1, No. 3.

“Unipolarity: End of an Error,” in Michael Hawes and Christopher Kirkey, eds. Canadian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Canada’s Northern Dilemma: Resurgent Russia and the Competition over the Arctic,” Asian Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2, fall 2014.

“Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan: Comparing Canadian and Soviet Efforts,” International Journal, a special issue: Canada and Afghanistan: a Political, Diplomatic, Security, Economic & Social Assessment, Volume LXVIII, No. 2, summer 2013.

“Unipolarity: Theories, Images, and Canada’s Foreign Policy Priorities” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Volume 18, Issue 2, 2012.

“Political Economy of Kyrgyzstan’s Domestic (In)Stability,” The Journal of Central Asian Studies, Srinagar, Kashmir, Vol. XX, No. 1, 2011, pp. 89-102. 

“Realpolitik and the Russo-Georgian War: Three Years On,” with Ryan Dessayn, Central Asia and the Caucasus 13 (1) 2012. 
In Russian: Лаша Чантуридзе и Р. Дессейнь, «Realpolitik и война России с Грузией: Три года спустя,»  Центральная Азия и Кавказ 15 (1), 2012.

“Canada and the New Russian-European Condominium,” Canadian Military Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3.
In French: “Le nouveau condominium russo-européen : Réévaluer les engagements pris par le Canada envers l’Europe en matière de défense,” Revue Militaire Canadienne, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011.

Courses:

GD510 Theory and the International System
GD542 Terrorism: Introduction and State Sponsored Terrorism
GD560 Military Intervention and Conflict Management in the International System
IR510 World Politics – International Relations
IR531 National Security

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Program Staff

Charles  Lerche, PhD
Associate Program Director of Academics
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Kerri Murnyack, MA
Associate Program Director
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Jennifer  West, M.S.
Student Services Advisor

Featured Faculty

Faculty

Alumni

Our first graduates of the Master of Arts in International Relations program finished in 2017. Below are graduates from our Master of Arts in Diplomacy program whom interacted with faculty and program staff from the MAIR program.

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This degree has enriched me beyond belief. I have become an educational role model for my daughters – its never too late or too hard to go after what you want.


Maria Grove
Class of 2017
Master of Arts in Diplomacy

The proficiency, commitment, and diversity of the faculty and administration are unparalleled. Every member of the Norwich staff demonstrated real dedication to support and assist students in the graduate program, wherever located throughout the world and despite associated logistical hurdles.


Laura Heller
Class of 2014
Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Frequently Asked Questions

International Relations Program FAQs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What are the eligibility 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.
How much is the online MAIR program?
  • Price per credit: $751
  • Term tuition: $4,506
  • Technology fee: $300/term
  • Library fee: $75/term
  • Graduation fee (one-time): $150
  • Total program cost (6 terms): $27,183

 

Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

When you apply for admission to the online Master of Arts in International Relations program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted for up to 12 credits.