International Relations

University of San Diego

M.A. On Campus
12 months
1555 USD/credit
1555 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) program at University of San Diego offers students the chance to deepen their understanding of world politics while developing the necessary skills to advance their careers.


The Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) program at University of San Diego mixes academic and professional instruction in an effort to connect theory and practice, both substantively and pedagogically. Our courses are all organized in seminar or semi-seminar format, with close faculty-student interaction.

  • Classic academic seminars survey the rich theoretical traditions in international relations and comparative politics. They are normally offered by the permanent faculty in the department, all with PhDs from distinguished universities.
  • Professional seminars and workshops focus on empirical and policy challenges and are typically led by guests from outside the university.
  • The research design short course adds a methodological component to the academic side of the program.
  • Short course workshops and some of our semester long seminars (not to mention our international courses) bring accomplished professionals into the program.

Research Opportunities

Your academic courses, and in particular your experiences during our travel courses, will lead to your final Capstone course, where you'll conduct research on a topic of your choosing, and present your project at a public symposium. Your research experience will not only help enhance your understanding, but will build credibility for your career as well.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Law of the Sea
  • Research Methods
  • Research Design 
  • Comparative Politics
  • Politics in Latin America

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA.
  • Minimum GRE scores of 50 to 60 percent ranking on the verbal section, 40 to 50 percent ranking on the quantitative section, and 50 percent ranking or 4.0 on the analytical section. All applicants are required to take the GRE; other examinations cannot be substituted for this requirement.
  • Official transcript showing the applicant's conferred bachelor's degree. Applicants who earned their bachelor's degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course WES evaluation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1555 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1555 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1555 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1555 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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International Relations
University of San Diego


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