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International Relations and Global Security

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in International Relations and Global Security offers students the opportunity to develop broad, integrated knowledge in the core of the discipline, including a comparative study of complex international systems. This master’s degree helps to prepare you for a career as a diplomat, journalist, administrator, political analyst, or similar career fields within the government, military, and business environments. Additionally, this master’s program enables you to acquire transferable business skills including written and oral communication, working with a team, and problem solving.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Analyze classical and alternative theories of international relations, the heritage and development of the discipline, and the major debates concerning world order, diplomacy, and international law underlying its inherent nature as an interdisciplinary study within the field of political science.
  • Evaluate the changing role of the state in the context of globalization, regionalism, and security, including the impact of non-state actors, competing interests, and emerging norms within international systems.
  • Assess the nature and distribution of economic, political, and military resources in the context of interdependence and delimited by cultural, social, and historical issues.
  • Distinguish the interactions of state, non-state, and supra-national actors through a dynamic appreciation of contemporary issues and differing levels of analysis.
  • Examine the major theories of conflict and change within the context of globalization and the role of traditional and emerging norms and institutions in the pacific settlement of disputes, human rights, and environmental issues.

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Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Comparative and Security Issues

Upon successful completion of this concentration the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the potential for conflict in a specific region based on existing theories of causation.
  • Apply the approaches to peace through coercive power, nonviolence, world order, personal and community transformation in a specific geographic region.
  • Understand the concepts and theories of comparative analysis of different political regimes.
  • Determine the significant political, economic, security, diplomatic, and social challenges facing a selected region - individually as separate nations and collectively as a region.

IRLS501

Comparative Political Systems

IRLS600

Strategic Geography and Geopolitics

IRLS603

Politics and War

IRLS631

Government and Security in Korea

IRLS655

Latin American Security Issues

IRLS660

Seminar in Middle East Politics and Security

RELS533

Islam

INTL649

Case Studies in Foreign Cyber Threats

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Conflict Resolution

Upon successful completion of this concentration the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the potential for conflict in a society/state/region based on theories of causation.
  • Assess the approaches to peace through coercive power, nonviolence, and world order constructs.
  • Reconstruct the phenomenon of peace through examples and case studies.
  • Synthesize the rationale for negotiation versus historical tendencies toward coercion.
  • Evaluate the development of multiparty mediation and assess the value of such an approach.
  • Analyze the complexity and limitations of negotiating across cultures and historical divides.

IRLS613

International Negotiation

IRLS615

Peacekeeping: Structure and Process

MILH565

History of Peacekeeping: 1988 - Present

NSEC612

National Security and Diplomacy

LSTD507

International Law

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International and Transnational Security Issues

Upon successful completion of this concentration the student will be able to:

  • Construct a theory about the distinct nature of conflict in the post-Cold War era.
  • Assess the norms and purposes of international structures and regimes.
  • Critique the various manifestations of globalization and the impact on various political, economic and social systems.
  • IRLS603

    Politics and War

    IRLS655

    Latin American Security Issues

    IRLS504

    International Political Economy

    INTL646

    Transnational Crime and Narcotics

    INTL613

    Intelligence and Homeland Security

    INTL649

    Case Studies in Foreign Cyber Threats

    LSTD507

    International Law

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    Peacekeeping

    Upon successful completion of this concentration the student will be able to:

    • Assess the evolving theory and practices of United Nations Peacekeeping operations.
    • Evaluate the role of UN and regional peacekeeping initiatives in specific peace-building, peace-making, and peace-keeping operations in conflict areas.

    IRLS603

    Politics and War

    IRLS615

    Peacekeeping: Structure and Process

    MILH565

    History of Peacekeeping: 1988 - Present

    LSTD507

    International Law

    Admission Requirements

    Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

    An AMU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

    Need help?

    Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.


    Graduate Tuition Rates 

    Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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    *To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

    Paying for School

    Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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    Transfer Credits 

    Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

    Employer Contributions

    AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.