International Relations (Global MA)

Volume 1: 2021.2022

Effective 1 June 2021 through 31 May 2022

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This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Program Description

The global master of arts (GMA) in international relations is designed to develop and deepen student expertise in world politics and international affairs. The intensive, one-year program integrates the study of politics and policy through a rigorous and applied curriculum focused on the intersections of international affairs, such as international political economy, international organizations and human rights. The structure of the GMA in international relations, which includes a four-country, immersive curriculum, provides students with the competence to analyze and develop expertise in complex issues such as terrorism, economic development, transnational migration and political transitions and exposes students to the decision-makers and organizations tasked with responding to the issues. Students develop broad expertise in international relations and gain practical experience by interacting with policy professionals in each country. This program is ideal for current international affairs professionals and those seeking work with a governmental agency, an international organization, a nongovernmental organization or a multinational corporation. This program is also recommended to students who would like to pursue an academic career. 

Global Degrees

Students enrolled in a Webster Global degree achieve greater comprehension of global issues through traditional course work but also through lived experience in different nations, interaction with local people and through field visits. Hence, there are several fundamental experiences that distinguish the "Global degree" from a "non-global" degree.

  • A Global degree cannot be completed at one Webster University campus alone.
  • A Global degree includes study at several Webster University campuses in a minimum of four different countries.
  • A Global degree allows students to engage directly in various cultures and develop a global perspective that might not otherwise be achieved.
  • A Global degree requires a structured rotation of students among the Webster campuses with a predefined academic curriculum for each campus.
  • A Global degree allows for the movement of students between campuses while still achieving all of the requirements for graduation.
  • A Global degree is designed so that the time spent in the local culture at each Webster campus complements the academic work in the student's particular area of study.

Participants in a Global degree program move among Webster campuses as a cohort. It allows students to get to know each other and help each other. A Global degree program is not designed for single students moving among campuses. The cohort size will be determined by the academic department offering the Global degree. The integration of location-specific highlights that enhance academic understanding is crucial to a Global degree and should be organized as a part of the students' coursework, normally in professional seminars.


Students in the global international relations program typically visit four of the following:

  • Accra, Ghana
  • Athens, Greece
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Leiden, The Netherlands
  • St. Louis, The United States
  • Vienna, Austria

Students interested in this program may enroll through the St. Louis home campus. For more information, visit

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Apply practical expertise through exposure to immersive, experiential learning opportunities, such as site visits, partial internships and presenting at academic and/or professional conferences. 
  • Develop applied international expertise by exploring the intersections of international relations, international organizations and non-governmental organizations.
  • Create an original research project via the master's thesis/capstone project to include in their professional development portfolio.
  • Evaluate and analyze critical international events through applied case studies and simulations relevant to international affairs.
  • Develop and design a career or professional development plan to aid in their pursuit of employment or enhance their current career positions.

Program Curriculum

The 30 credit hours required for the global master of arts (GMA) in international relations must include the following courses:

  • INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives (3 hours)
  • INTL 6000 Capstone in International Relations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (3 hours)
  • Two courses from the Comparative Politics Cluster (6 hours)
  • Four courses from the International Politics Cluster (12 hours)

Students in the Global MA in international relations can apply to complete INTL 6250 Thesis in place of INTL 6000 Capstone in International Relations. Doing so requires 3-6 additional credits.

Comparative Politics Cluster (2 courses)

  • INTL 5050 Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5580 Politics of Development (3 hours)
  • INTL 5600 Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5625 Middle East Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5635 Western European Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5655 African Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5665 South and Central Asia Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5675 Central and Eastern European Area Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5685 Latin American Area Studies (3 hours)

International Politics Cluster (4 courses)

  • INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5530 International Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5535 International Disaster Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5560 U.S. Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5590 International Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5595 Energy Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5800 Globalization (3 hours)
  • INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5870 International Law and Politics of Outer Space (3 hours)
  • INTL 5890 Terrorism in World Politics (3 hours)
  • HRTS 5000 Introduction to International Human Rights (3 hours)
  • INGO 5000 Introduction to International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5600 Principles of Negotiations (3 hours)

Approved Electives

With permission of the program director, the following courses can count toward the GMA program:

  • INTB 5960 Economic Development (3 hours)
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising and Development for International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 6500 Internship in International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTL 5300 Field Work (3-6 hours)
  • INTL 5900 Advanced Research Methods (3 hours)

Not all of the courses listed above will be available to students at all locations. If a requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major. The required courses and electives listed in this core may be taken as directed studies, subject to the conditions stated in Directed Studies under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.


See the Admission section of this catalog for general admission requirements. Students interested in applying must submit their application online at Transcripts should be sent from your institution electronically to If this service is not available, send transcripts to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119 

Additional Requirements

Requirements for admission to the GMA in international relations program include:

  • Bachelor's degree and minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis if they show successful academic achievement in their junior and senior years.
  • Official transcripts from all universities, colleges and professional schools.
  • A current résumé* showing education, work and volunteer experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation which speak to the applicant's motivation, character and ability to be successful in an intensive, 11-month graduate program that requires significant travel. One recommendation should come from a former or current professor/instructor and should be written in narrative form. Recommendations are requested through the application.
  • A phone interview or essay may be required.

*These required materials must be electronically uploaded to the application account. 

Application Process

Submit all required documents by March 1st for the Fall 1 start.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement.