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The Global Master of Arts in International Relations program is an innovative degree, designed to prepare students for a career through worldwide travel and immersive education. Students study in five countries, across multiple continents, benefiting from the combined knowledge of outstanding scholars and practitioners in the field. Take an in-depth look at humanitarian organizations in Geneva, Switzerland; explore migration and refugee policy in Athens, Greece; study economic development in Accra, Ghana; analyze U.S.-China relations in Beijing, and more! Along the way, students go beyond textbooks to gain first-hand exposure to the world of international relations by visiting local, national, and international organizations working on issues such as global poverty, regional security, human rights, and economic development.
Study Locations Include: Accra, Ghana | Athens, Greece | Bangkok, Thailand | Beijing, China | Geneva, Switzerland | Havana, Cuba | Leiden, the Netherlands | Vienna, Austria
Students begin with introductory coursework and research methods in international relations, followed by more complex subject matter in areas such international political economy, international development, international security, foreign policy, and humanitarian issues in international politics. In addition, the program offers unique courses such as Policy & Practice: Global Project, and Professional Seminar, through which students gain first-hand exposure to the world of international relations by visiting local, national, and international organizations each week.
Graduate Certificate Tracks
Graduate certificates are built into the curriculum, allowing students to gain greater exposure to key subfields in international relations. Each Global MA student pursues a graduate certificate in one of four specializations, following a set track within the program that determines their study locations, courses and overall academic experience.
The Comparative and Regional Governance graduate certificate track travels to Austria, China, Cuba, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The coursework will explore concepts such as democratization, regional integration, revolutions, and the relationship between state and society.
The International Development graduate certificate coursework will expose students to issues such as poverty, hunger, conflict, human rights and sustainability cause in developing countries.
Security Studies graduate certificate students will be introduced to scholarly work on the sources of conflict and violence in the international arena, as well as literature on the resolution and mitigation of such conflicts. Students will apply theories and concepts of both interstate and intrastate conflict to important contemporary cases, and analyze the effectiveness of potential policy responses.
International Non-governmental Organizations graduate certificate students will be able to identify the theories, history, and major actors that govern the modern operations of INGOs; critically analyze and evaluate the roles and activities of INGOs in international affairs and evaluate the consequences of the political and moral choices of INGOs.
Program Travel and Logistics
Global MA students travel in small cohorts, following a pre-determined order of campuses based upon their graduate certificate track. An eight-week term is spent at each of five country locations, along with a full-time course load.
At each international campus location, on-site staff will help students to settle into new accommodations and acquaint them with the city. Students have access to local university resources, as well as resources at Webster University’s home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Throughout the program, students also have an open line of communication with the assistant program director for support and guidance regarding cultural adjustment, academics policies, visa regulations, health services, banking, advising services and campus policies and procedures.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Global MA in International Relations (GMAIR) program awards $15,000 Westphalia Scholarships and $10,000 Global MA Scholarships to the most qualified admitted students.
These scholarships are awarded based on the applicant's merit and financial need. A minimum 3.2 GPA from an applicant's undergraduate institution is required for review. In addition, students must submit an essay discussing "What it means to be a Global citizen."
Domestic (U.S.) applicants: All domestic students admitted to the Global MA program who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming academic year are automatically considered for Global MA Scholarships. Applicants who complete their admission file and FAFSA by March 1st are given priority consideration and will be notified of the decision by the third week of March. Applicants who complete their file and/or FAFSA after March 1st will receive notification approximately two to three weeks after completing their file, as funds remain available.
International (non-U.S.) applicants: All international students admitted to the Global MA program who submit the International Student Financial Assessment Form are automatically considered for Global MA Scholarships. Applicants who complete their admission file and file the ISFAF by March 1st are given priority consideration and will be notified of the decision by the third week of March. Applicants who complete their file and/or ISFAF after March 1st will receive notification approximately two to three weeks after completing their file, as funds remain available.
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe.
Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with nearly 16,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.
Degrees & Awards
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Application deadlines for financial awards||April 1|
|Focus of faculty research:||International organizations, international political economy, politics of development, environmental law, Latin American law|
|Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:||0|