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
Writing for International Affairs, INTRL-GA 3992
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.
To further their professional development all MAIR students are required to complete an internship. The internship places students in a professional work environment in either the public or private sector. The internship must total at least 140 hours over 14 weeks. Students can opt out of the Internship 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 lieu of 2 points of International Relations Electives 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.