Graduate Curriculum

The graduate program for International Relations is made up of two components: the core requirements and the emphasis. In addition to the core requirements, students must choose and complete either the academic emphasis or the professional emphasis. Only one emphasis is required.

For students enrolled Fall 2014 and beyond

Core Requirements

  • I R 720 Theory and Approaches in International Relations, 3 units 
  • I R 725 The Analysis of Foreign Policy, 3 units
  • I R 728 International Political Economy, 3 units
  • I R 730 – I R 739 The International System and Its Problems series (select 1 course), 3 units
  • I R 740 – I R 749 Comparative Foreign Policies series (select 1 course), 3 units
  • I R 730 – I R 749 Elective (select 1 course), 3 units

Total for core 18 units

Academic Emphasis

  • I R 750 Methods and Thesis Selection in International Relations, 3 units 
  • I R 751 or equivalent Alternative Research Methods in International Relations, 3-4 units 
  • Electives Coursework in International Relations or related disciplines, 6 units 
  • I R 898 Master’s Thesis, 3 units 

Minimum total for emphasis requirements 15-16

Combined minimum total for core and emphasis requirements 33-34

Professional Emphasis

  • Electives: Thematic combination of courses in fields of inquiry and training, such as Public Administration; International Business, Management or Finance; International Development; International Environmental Studies; or other fields related to international careers. Approval of graduate advisor required, 9 units
  • I R 750 Methods and Thesis Selection in International Relations, 3 units
  • I R 892 Graduate Internship in International Relations 3, units 

Minimum total for emphasis requirements 15

Combined minimum total for core and emphasis requirements 33

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Students enrolled prior to Fall 2014

Core Requirements

  • I R 720 Theory and Approaches in International Relations, 3 units
  • I R 725 The Analysis of Foreign Policy, 3 units
  • I R 728 International Political Economy, 3 units
  • I R 730 – I R 739, I R 760 The International System and Its Problems series (select 1 course), 3 units 
  • I R 740 – I R 749 Comparative Foreign Policies series (select 1 course), 3 units
  • I R 730 – I R 749, I R 760 Elective (select 1 course), 3 units 

Total for core 18

Academic Emphasis

  • I R 750 Methods and Thesis Selection in International Relations, 3 units 
  • I R 751 or equivalent Alternative Research Methods in International Relations, 3-4 units 
  • Electives Coursework in International Relations or related disciplines, 6 units
  • I R 898 Master’s Thesis, 3 units 

Minimum total for emphasis requirements 15-16

Combined minimum total for core and emphasis requirements 33-34

Professional Emphasis

  • Electives: Thematic combination of courses in fields of inquiry and training, such as Public Administration; International Business, Management or Finance; International Development; International Environmental Studies; or other fields related to international careers. Approval of graduate advisor required, 12 units
  • I R 892 Graduate Internship in International Relations, 3 units 

Minimum total for emphasis requirements 15

Combined minimum total for core and emphasis requirements 33