• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The Master of Arts in International and Comparative Politics from Wright State University also provides continuing international education opportunities for those working in the public or private sector. Graduate seminars, education abroad, and practicum opportunities enable students to explore the scholarship in their field and its applications. Students may select from among three specialized Major Fields: Area Studies, Peace and Security Studies, Intelligence Studies, Global Gender Studies, or International Organizations.  

Students are required to complete or demonstrate proficiency either in quantitative research methods or modern foreign language. The degree culminates in either a traditional thesis or a project developed in consultation with a committee of program advisors. The program offers a dual degree option with the Master of Public Administration. 

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Master graduate level quantitative or qualitative research skills as appropriate to the study of international relations and comparative politics.
  • Master formal graduate writing skills appropriate for the creation of graduate theses and projects.
  • Have a solid understanding of the knowledge of their chosen specialties within international relations or comparative politics, with an understanding of the surrounding their topic of inquiry and the methodologies used to examine it.
  • Have effective communication skills, both oral and written.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International and Comparative Politics Research Design 
  • Grad Seminar in IR Theory 
  • Theories of Comparative Politics 
  • International and Comparative Politics Statistics 

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      English Language Requirements

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      General Requirements

      • Admission to this program is competitive.
      • Applications are reviewed in the spring for fall admission.
      • Students usually need two years to complete the program.
      • Applications are done through the Wright State Graduate School.
      • Your application will include the following:
        • essays
        • letters of recommendation
        • transcripts
      • The priority deadline for all materials is March 1.
      • Qualified applicants will be interviewed by phone or in person.

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        1125 USD/credit
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 1125 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
      • National

        660 USD/credit
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 660 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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      Living costs for Dayton

      • 880 - 1360 USD/month
        Living Costs

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