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Understanding how cultures and customs are integrated into business, politics and society creates a great foundation for many professionals and students. The International Relations degree programs are designed for undergraduate and graduate students to learn about the complex relationships among institutions of international governance.

The international relations curriculum enables students to analyze the legal, historical, socioeconomic, and political factors that are key elements in this field of study. Webster students also examine the dynamics, structural characteristics, and humanitarian issues of the global community.

A group of students from our Athens campus visits a Greek historical site for a lecture.

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Two students walk in front of the entrance to our Ghana campus.

Webster Ghana

A group of students studies at a table in an open-air courtyard at our campus in Geneva.

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Three students stand in front of one of the buildings at our Leiden campus.

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A group of students sits in a semi-circle in the grass at our Tashkent campus.

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A group of students walks together through a public plaza in Vienna.

Webster Vienna

16th in the Midwest

Webster University continues to be highly ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report, now listed as 16th in Midwest Regional Universities and included in four best-of categories. This year, the University's score rose to its highest level since the ranking system was established.

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Academic Levels of Study

The undergraduate international relations major at Webster is designed to help students develop the skills they need to understand and take part in an interconnected world: political awareness, economic understanding, cultural competency, and global citizenship.

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in international relations may select the following emphases:

  • Emphasis in International Economics -- designed for students interested in a deeper understanding of the global economy on a micro and macro scale (Available only in St. Louis and Geneva).
  • Emphasis Migration and Refugee Studies -- designed to give students working knowledge of migration and displacement issues and the sociocultural, political, and economic forces which surround them (Available only in Geneva).

Students can earn a minor in international relations.

Details on Specific Program Requirements and Learning Outcomes

The master's degree in international relations at Webster University is unique for a number of reasons. Students are able to take advantage of Webster’s global footprint by studying abroad at Webster campuses throughout the world and are taught by faculty who are noted scholars and practitioners in the field. The program offers considerable flexibility and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Webster is also nationally recognized as military-friendly.

International relations students at Webster have gone on to work for Meds for Kids, Boeing, ABB, Enterprise, the Associate Ministry of Coordination and Competitiveness in Ecuador, the United States Army, and as a preparatoria teacher in Honduras. Other graduates have gone on to practice law and work in academia (for example, at Washington University in St. Louis).

Paired Options

Enhance Your Master's Degree

You can pair your degree with another major in National Security Studies or with the MBA for a second degree.

Consider the Intensive, One-Year Global Master of Arts in International Relations (GMA)

This intensive, one-year program integrates the study of politics and policy through a rigorous and applied curriculum focused on the intersections of international affairs, such as international political economy, international organizations and human rights.

This program is offered only in St. Louis.

Webster’s combined degree option allows you to start work on your Master of Arts in International Relations while completing your Bachelor of Arts, saving 12 credits in total. Students who have completed between 64 and 98 credit hours and who have maintained a 3.3 GPA in previous college work are eligible to apply.

Details on Specific Program Requirements and Learning Outcomes

Hermann Pondi
Gain a Global Perspective

“You cannot talk about this campus without mentioning the diversity at Webster. People from all over the world come to this place to learn, and that gave me a broader perspective about the world.”

Hermann Pondi
Hermann Pondi

BA in International Relations

At Webster, your education is flexible and portable.

Flexible

Five terms in an academic year make it easy to tailor your education to your life. Courses are offered in both semester and 8- or 9-week periods, and can consist of multiple modalities with our assortment of in person, hybrid, and online course options. Webster also offers a variety of degree, certificate, and non-degree programs.

Portable

For 40 years Webster has been building a network of campuses to serve local communities, now serving more than 10,000 students across 50 residential, metro, military, and international locations. Our students can start their degree at one location and finish it at another, or seamlessly work on their degree while studying abroad.

 

Points of Distinction for Our Innovative International Relations Degrees

  • In the College of Arts & Sciences, the international relations program has the greatest worldwide reach. Courses are offered at Webster's global campuses in Geneva, Switzerland; Vienna, Austria; Leiden, the Netherlands; Beijing, China; Athens, Greece; and Accra, Ghana.
  • A unique fieldwork/internship opportunity offers students valuable international relations experience outside the classroom.
  • Online learning makes it possible to earn a degree while traveling.
  • Classes are small and discussion-oriented, and students are individually mentored by their professors and advisors throughout their degree.
Igho Ekakitie
Education to Make a Global Impact

“I hope to continue my work with the United Nations as a full-time staffer to help fight for human rights for peoples of Africa and other places around the world.”

Igho Ekakitie
Igho Ekakitie, BA in International Relations, '23

Elizabeth J. Stroble Global Endowed Scholarship recipient

What do Webster graduates do with their degree?

Some of the careers our graduates have succeeded in include:

  • Development Officer
  • Attorney
  • Museum Curator
  • Security and Business Ethics Research Analyst
  • United States Army Captain
  • Magazine Editor
  • Academic Project Coordinator
  • Finance Officer

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