International Relations (MA)


2014-2015 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description

The master of arts (MA) in international relations enables students to analyze the complexities and processes involved in world politics and international affairs. Coursework provides exposure to the key subfields of the discipline and relevant issues such as globalization, human rights, humanitarian action, and economic development. The program can help prepare students to compete for work with a governmental agency, an intergovernmental organization, a nongovernmental organization, or a multinational corporation. This program is also recommended to students planning to pursue a PhD, or an academic career at another institution.

Webster also offers a Global MA program in International Relations. Learn more at the Global MA Program page (external to the catalog).

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Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate  a working knowledge of several subfields of the discipline.
  • Demonstrate  strong research skills.
  • Critically analyze international events and issues.
  • apply theories of international relations to the practice of international affairs.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Develop the requisite skills  to seek employment relevant to the field by having the necessary education.

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Program Curriculum

The 36 credit hours required for the master of arts (MA) degree must include the following courses for a major in international relations:

  • INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives (3 hours)
  • INTL 6000 Capstone In International Relations (3 hours)
    or INTL 6250 Thesis* (6 hours) and INTL 6900  University Thesis Requirement (0 hours)
  • Two courses from the Comparative Politics Cluster (6 hours)
  • Four courses from the International Politics Cluster (12 hours)
  • Three elective courses (9 hours)

* Students taking INTL 6250 Thesis (6 hours) must also register for INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirements (0 hours). INTL 6900 acknowledges successful completion of all thesis requirements including conforming to university and departmental guideline as well as depositing the thesis in the University library.

Comparative Politics Cluster (2 courses)

  • INTL 5050 Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5580 Politics of Development (3 hours)
  • INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5600 Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5625 Middle East Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5635 Western European Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5655 African Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5665 South and Central Asian Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5675 Central and Eastern European Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5685 Latin American Area Studies (3 hours)

International Politics Cluster (4 courses)

  • INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5530 International Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5560 U.S. Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5590 International Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5800 Globalization (3 hours)
  • INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5870 International Law and Politics of Outer Space (3 hours)
  • INTL 5890 Terrorism in World Politics (3 hours)

International Relations Elective Courses (3 courses)

Any additional courses from the two clusters above, or any of the following:

  • INTL 5300 Field Work (3-6 hours)
  • INTL 5500 Professional Seminars (1-3 hours)
  • INTL 5610 Non-Thesis Readings/Research (3 hours)
  • INTL 5900 Advanced Research Methods* (3 hours)
  • INTL 6500 Internship (3 hours)

Pre-approved courses (non-INTL) related to International Relations

  • MRKT 5000 Marketing
    or NPLR 5020 Essentials of Marketing and Resource Development in Nonprofits (3 hours)
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
  • BUSN 5200 Basic Finance for Managers
    or BUSN 5210 Financial Management and Budgeting in Nonprofits (3 hours)
  • NPLR 5210 Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
  • INGO 5000 Non-governmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5100 Finance, Budgeting and Accounting for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5300 Human Resources and Staffing for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • HRMG 5000 Managing Human Resources
    or NPLR 5010 Governance and Executive Leadership in Nonprofits (3 hours)
  • INTB 5000 International Business (3 hours)
  • INTB 5710 Cross Cultural Management (3 hours)
  • INGO 5600 Principles of Negotiation (3 hours)
  • INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fund-raising and Development for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)

Not all of the courses listed above will be available to students at all locations.

If the requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major.

*Advanced Research Methods may be substituted for a course in the Comparative cluster or in the International cluster.

The required courses and electives listed in this core may be taken as directed studies, subject to the conditions stated in the Directed Studies section under Academic Policies and Procedures.

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Dual Major INTL/INGO

51 credit hours

The Dual Major in International Relations and International Non-Governmental Organizations is designed for the student who wishes to seek a single Master of Arts Degree with two majors: International Relations and International Non-Governmental Relations. Unlike a sequential or dual degree, the student earns a single master's degree but with two concentrations. It is therefore more credit hours than a single-concentration Masters (36 credit hours) but still fewer than a sequential degree (60 or 63 credit hours).

*Students taking INTL 6250 or INGO Thesis (6 hours) must also register for INTLor INGO 6900 University Thesis Requirements (0 hour). INTL or INGO 6900 acknowledges successful completion of all thesis requirements including conforming to university and departmental guideline as well as depositing the thesis in the University library.

Required Courses:

  • INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5000 Introduction to INGO (3 hours)
  • INTL 5100 or INGO 5200 Methods (3 hours)
  • INTL 6000 or INGO 6000 Capstone (3 hours) or INTL 6250 Thesis (6 hours) and INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirements  or INGO 6250 Thesis (6 hours) and INGO 6900 University Thesis Requirement (0 hours)
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5600 Principles of Negotiations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising and Development for INGOs (3 hours)
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for INGOs (3 hours)

Elective Courses:

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Admission

Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

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