When students begin the Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations, they must visit Academic Advising for an initial consultation. They are thereafter welcome to contact the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations’ Lecturer and Coordinator of International Relations, Dr. Robert P. Barnidge, Jr., for advising throughout the duration of their program.
Robert P. Barnidge, Jr.
For further advice on course selection and the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations' latest course rotation schedule, click here.
Students interested in pursuing a PhD or a career path involving significant research may request to pursue INTL 6250 Thesis (6 hours). No student is guaranteed the right to complete a thesis; each request is assessed on its merits. Interested students are advised to consult the University's Graduate Thesis Requirements.
Students must submit, and have approved, the Thesis Declaration of Intent Form and Thesis Approval Form at the campus where they plan to do their thesis and must do so prior to beginning their thesis. General policy dictates that proposals should be submitted before the student's 21st credit hour has been completed.
There is a 16,000 word minimum length for the thesis. Thesis mentors should verify that theses under their supervision meet the minimum number of words by providing the total world count. The font size should be 12 point, excluding bibliography, notes, title page, and table of contents. Exceptions may be made for theses that are based upon mathematical modeling or that have a substantial statistical analysis as the main methodology.
Theses should follow American Psychological Association (APA) style.
Theses for the Masters of Arts (MA) in International Relations cannot be taken for less than 6 credit hours.
Internships and Field Work
The Internship Program
The Internship Program is designed to enhance the international relations curriculum.
Students play an instrumental role in creating an experience that blends coursework
knowledge with practical knowledge by working with a host organization under the supervision
of a qualified professional.
The Field Work Program
INTL 5300 Field Work provides an opportunity for students to actively involve themselves in field research, which may be of a qualitative or quantitative nature.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of Webster's nationally-recognized study-abroad
opportunities while pursuing their Master of Arts in International Relations. The
Webster World Traveler Program, for example, offers a free round-trip flight for eligible students who study at one of our international
campuses or international partner institutions; applications are collected three times
For more information regarding available study abroad programs and global locations, as well as links to blogs and testimonials from students currently studying overseas, click here.