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Online M.A. in International Relations


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Salve Regina University's online Master of Arts degree in international relations refines the critical and creative thinking skills needed to succeed in the complex field of foreign affairs. Students explore the sophisticated realities of foreign relations and global politics through visionary coursework that tackles political thought and comparative politics to reach toward themes of identity, harmony and conflict.

After completing their master's degree in international relations, our graduates excel in careers with federal and state governments, nongovernmental organizations and multinational businesses. Our versatile program fulfills the professional development needs of military officers and provides excellent preparation for our Ph.D. in international relations.

Aspire Further With a Master's in International Relations

Our online graduate program in international relations inspires a broad and detailed understanding of foreign affairs by building foundational knowledge in politics and history. Committed to fostering student success, our international relations faculty openly share their expertise and professional network with students. Through our popular accelerated program, qualified undergraduates can earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years.

Guided by Salve Regina's mission to promote a harmonious, just and merciful world, our rigorous international relations program develops principled students who offer innovative solutions to the world's political dilemmas.

Time to Complete

18 to 24 months

Program Format


Application Deadline

Rolling admission

Offered completely online, our 12-course master’s degree explores international relations in the context of domestic and global justice. Core courses form a solid foundational and theoretical basis, while critical electives address specific regional and thematic topics of contemporary relevance, interest and importance. Select courses may also be available at our Newport, Rhode Island campus.

Required courses:

  • INR511: Philosophical Foundations of Politics (offered online in May-June)
  • INR512: Justice and Order in International Relations (offered online in January-February)
  • INR513: Comparative Political Development (offered online in July-August)
  • INR516: Identity, Harmony and Conflict (offered online in May-June)
  • INR531: Just and Unjust Wars (offered online in September-October)
  • INR533: International Political Economy (offered online in October-December)
  • INR542: Dispute and Conflict Resolution (offered online in October-December)
  • INR552: Terrorism and Transnational Crime (offered online in March-May and on campus in fall)
  • INR571: International Human Rights (offered online in September-October)
  • INR572: Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Prevention and Responses (offered online in January-February)

Students also choose two of the following:

  • INR522: Integration and Globalization Politics (offered online in March-May)
  • INR562: International Organizations and Law (offered online in July-August)
  • INR590: Thesis
  • INR591: Independent Study/Research
  • INR592: Topical and Regional Issues in International Relations
  • INR593: Topical and Regional Issues in Comparative Politics
  • INR598: Internship

As part of their program, international relations students may develop a concentration that suits their educational and professional interests, such as homeland security, cybercrime or intelligence. To complete the concentration, students choose their required electives from Salve Regina’s other graduate programs, in consultation with the program director.

Consider Salve Regina’s Online Master’s in International Relations

The online M.A. in international relations at Salve Regina prepares students to launch a number of academic, business and military careers through a comprehensive background in foreign affairs.

Prepare for an exceptional future with a master’s degree in international relations.

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