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Our master's degree in international relations hones the critical and creative thinking skills needed to succeed in the complex field of foreign affairs.

Explore Complex Global Questions

Our curriculum promotes a broad and detailed understanding of international relations in the context of domestic and global justice. Students are exposed to the realities of the international environment through coursework that tackles political thought, comparative politics, and identity, harmony and conflict. Guided by the University's mercy mission, our rigorous program graduates principled and informed students who are eager to offer innovative solutions to the world's political dilemmas.

Graduates are qualified for employment with federal and state governments, international and nongovernmental organizations and businesses with an international focus. The program also benefits military officers and provides excellent preparation for our Ph.D. in international relations.

While this program may be completed entirely online, select courses may also be offered at our Newport campus.

Program Spotlight: Evan Shallcross

Evan Shallcross ’20 (M), a naval officer who teaches ship handling to junior officers at Newport's Surface Warfare Officers School, appreciated the flexibility of Salve Regina's master's degree program in international relations.

 There’s a pretty good relationship between the international relations program and the military … that was definitely a positive for me. They cater to students who are military. There’s a good amount of cross pollination between the educational community and the military here. 


Time to Complete

18 to 24 months

Program Format


Application Deadline

Rolling admission

Our Faculty

Our international relations program is led by committed teachers and dedicated scholars who are committed to sharing their expertise and professional network with students.​


Meet Our Faculty

Program Spotlight: Andrew Loftenses

Andrew Loftenses, a graduate student enrolled in Salve Regina's master's degree program in international relations, received a prestigious Boren Fellowship to fund immersive study in Arabic language and culture at the Lirom Language Center in Jerusalem and with the Druze community in Mt. Caramel near Haifa, Israel.

The success in international relations are the human relationships. Completing a period of study in Jerusalem and the Druze community of Mt. Caramel will equip me with invaluable Arabic language skills and cultural exposure. I will use this knowledge to influence effective national security policy for the United States through the duration of what I intend to be a long career in national security at the forward point of friction.


International Relations (M.A.)

12 courses | 36 credits

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 October-December)
  • INR552: Terrorism and Transnational Crime (offered online in March-May and on campus in the 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

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