Course of Study:
Students are required to complete 40 points for the M.A. in International Relations.
Core Course Sequence (12 credits):
Students must take:
International Relations, INTRL-GA 1700
Global and International History, INTRL-GA 1600
They must also choose one of the following elective core courses:
Quantitative Analysis I, INTRL-GA 1120
Qualitative Analysis I, INTRL-GA 1220
Regional and Comparative Politics, INTRL-GA 1450
The World Economy, INTRL-GA 1900
Required Course Sequence (4 credits):
Students must also take:
Either Master’s Thesis Seminar INTRL-GA 4000, or
Capstone Project INTRL-GA 1320
Field Study Seminar, INTRL-GA 3995 or INTRL-GA 9995, or
Readings and Research, INTRL-GA 3991, or
any other 2 point course at NYU,
subject to approval by the Program Director
IR Elective Courses (12 credits):
Of the remaining coursework, students must take a minimum of 12 points in International Relations electives defined as any course listed under International Relations course code, INTRL-GA. Students cannot double-count core or required courses as elective courses, but may take additional core courses to fulfill the elective course requirements.
General Elective Courses (12 credits):
The remaining points are general electives which can be a graduate level course from any NYU department or school, subject to approval from the Program Director.
Students, who opt to take the MA Thesis Seminar, INTRL-GA 4000, will enroll in the course during their last semester. The course is designed to provide structure and guidance to students writing a thesis. The thesis will be an academic work of ~15,000 words dealing with an important and timely topic in international relations.
Students, who opt to take the Capstone Project, INTRL-GA 1320, will enroll in the course in their second to last semester. The Capstone Project is structured to provide a public policy consultancy experience for final year students. Working with a faculty mentor (instructor) students will work in assigned groups to complete a consultancy project for an external client. The group will produce a series of documents and papers for the client, which will be assessed by the instructor.
Field Study Requirement:
To further their professional development all MAIR students are required to complete a ‘field study’ course. This academic field of study follows a rigorous scholarly educational program to prepare students for additional graduate work, law degree studies and/or entry into a professional work environment in the public or private sector. The internship must total at least 120 hours. Students can opt out of the Field Study requirement if they are pursuing a scholarly track with the intention of completing a Ph.D. after earning the MA. In this case, students complete the ‘Readings and Research’ course, INTRL-GA 3991, in their second to last term, and then the Master’s Thesis Seminar, INTRL-GA 4000, in their final term. The R&R course work should be designed with their M.A. thesis supervisor to provide for a more advanced and rigorous M.A. thesis.
Students must demonstrate proficiency in one language other than English. Students demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by completing one of the following:
(1) Passing the GSAS foreign language proficiency examination;
(2) completing an intermediate-level foreign language course with a grade of B or better at NYU or another accredited institution (student must submit official transcript as proof of completion); or
(3) completing secondary education or undergraduate degree in an institution where language of instruction is not English.