Global Master of Arts in International Relations 11 months. 5 countries. Webster University.

Earn your master's degree and a specialized graduate certificate through worldwide travel and immersive education.

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Webster University is an American non-profit private university. From it's home base in St. Louis, Missouri, it is an integral part of the world community, facilitating international relations every day with a global network of campuses. Webster students, representing nearly every country, work across national borders to study and address the world's most pressing problems. We understand the the importance of a truly global education and are committed to transforming students for individual excellence.

Amelia N., International Development Track
Experiential learning is definitely the defining quality of this program, and I believe it is the best way to study international relations. If you love travel, diverse cultures and challenging your perceptions, an incredible opportunity awaits! - Amelia N., International Development Track, 2016/17
Global MA Students, Great Wall of China

HOW The Program works

The Global MA program begins in August each year, sending graduate students on an unforgettable and life-changing journey across multiple continents. To earn your Master's degree and a graduate certificate, you will complete five consecutive 9-week terms, each at a different Webster University campus or partner university. You will have the opportunity to meet with students, instructors and professionals from across the globe, and visit intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations and the International Court of Justice, as well as nongovernmental organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.


  • Earn your degree through 11 months of full-time study in five countries
  • Focus on topics of personal interest by earning a graduate certificate in one of four areas of specialization: Comparative & Regional Governance, International and Regional Security, International Development, or International and Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Experience unique, dynamic courses, designed for you to apply what you learn in the classroom to the real world of international relations
  • Travel and study with a close-knit group of peers
  • Work one-on-one with Webster's international faculty, a distinctive group of experts in international relations
  • Receive career planning and development support throughout your studies

Hear from a current student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Global Thinking Blog

Global MA in student in Accra, Ghana

Global Master of Arts in International Relations

Every student in the program earns a Global Master's degree, engaging in coursework that proves a theoretical foundation in the discipline of international relations both inside and outside of the classroom. You will learn first-hand how the theories of international relations connect to the current practice of world affairs, as well as explore international events and think critically about the causes and effects of pressing issues with other students from around the world.

Graduate Certificates

In addition to earning a Master's degree, you will pursue a graduate certificate in one of four specializations. The program gives you the opportunity to study at global locations that best support your chosen focus area. For example, International Development track offers courses in economic development in Ghana, while Comparative & Regional Governance track provides students the chance to study Chinese politics while in Beijing.

Explore the Graduate Certificate Tracks

Please note: Graduate Certificate Tracks may change from year to year.
Please note: Graduate Certificate Tracks may change from year to year.
Please note: Graduate Certificate Tracks may change from year to year.
Please note: Graduate Certificate Tracks may change from year to year.

Program Academics

Coursework offers a foundation in International Relations, helping you to develop specific skills needed in managerial roles within nongovernmental organizations and nonprofits, such as cross-cultural team leadership, negotiating skills, economics, and more. Growing employment opportunities make it possible to improve the quality of life for all those earning a living with organizations such as Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, Greenpeace, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Society and the United Nations.

Students have the opportunity to visit international organizations and network with professionals working in the field of international relations during Professional Seminars.

The Global Master of Arts in International Relations program requires 36 total credit hours.

Core Courses in International Relations:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Research Methods and Perspectives
  • International Relations: Theory and Practice
  • Policy & Practice: Global Project in International Relations
  • Professional Seminars (4 total)

Sample of courses taken by Global MA students, depending on their chosen track

  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • International Security
  • Humanitarian Issues in International Politics
  • International Organizations
  • War and Diplomacy
  • International Political Economy
  • Globalization
  • Politics of Development
  • Project Management
  • Grant-writing, fundraising and development for International Nongovernmental Organizations
Global MA student visiting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland.

Students also engage in unique courses, designed to help expose you to potential future careers and develop an in-depth, professional-level understanding of issues within the field of international relations.

INTL 5555 Professional Seminar is taken for 4 consecutive terms
INTL 5555 Policy & Practice: Global Project runs for 11 months
Lauren R., Comparative & Regional Governance Track
" In the Global MA program, I not only learned from professors from around the world, but saw classroom lessons put into practice. I came to understand international issues outside of the US perspective, from both politically aligned and non-aligned countries. From coursework and the professional development seminars, to living and working in countries with diverse cultures, this program challenges students both in and out of the classroom. As someone that enjoys travel and constant movement, the Global MA program definitely delivered. I now have long lasting friendships and connections that I would not have made otherwise. This was a life changing year for me!” - Lauren R., Comparative & Regional Governance Track, 2016/17

Explore THE countries!

Uncover what each study abroad location offers to Global MA students. Students spend 9-weeks each at 5 of the locations, based upon their chosen graduate certificate track.

Athens, Greece

The birthplace of democracy. The cradle of Western Civilization. The glorious city. It's hard to downplay the historical significance of this thriving metropolis where the historical roots of modern politics run deep.

Webster Athens is nestled in the foothills of the Acropolis beneath the majestic Parthenon. The museums at the Acropolis and the ancient Agora, as well as the National Archaeological Museum, the Cycladic Museum, and the Benaki collections are all within minutes of the campus facilities. Exploration of the city's art and architecture reveals layer after layer of the Greek capital's history - from Greco-Roman columns to modern Bauhaus marvels!

Havana, Cuba

Rich in culture, music, and creativity, this vibrant city is a fascinating place!

Havana, Cuba is Webster University's first Spanish-speaking location in the Global MA program. With it's close proximity to the United States, Havana is a unique city in which to critically analyze political and economic systems and the impact of foreign policy decisions. through Webster's partnership with the University of Havana and its Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies (CEHSEU), students have the opportunity to take an in-depth look at U.S.-Cuba relations during a particularly exciting point in the two countries' shared history.

Geneva, Switzerland

The "Humanitarian Capital of the World"

This scenic Swiss city has the longest tradition of international cooperation and the greatest number of international organizations and conferences in the world, including the International Committee for the Red Cross, the European seat of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and the International Labor Organization.

Each year Webster University hosts an annual Humanitarian Conference, organized by Global MA students. The conferences draws speakers from academia, UN agencies, and international non-governmental organizations.

Beijing, China

China has opened its doors to become a strategic player in global economics and politics.

Beijing is one of the world's great, ancient capitals. It has undergone a modern transformation amid China's rapid economic growth. The city hosts more than 150 embassies and is the seat of the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. Webster University partners with the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) to offer students a glimpse into Chinese politics.

Accra, Ghana

The urban hub of one of the fastest-growing democratic nations on the African continent

Accra, Ghana is home to many aid and development agencies, from small, community-based organizations like ActionAid International, to branches of powerhouses like the United Nations Development Program. Thanks to its prime location on the Gulf of Guinea, Accra is full of opportunities to eat fresh seafood and engage in the culture. Global MA students studying here will find themselves in an environment rich in history and bustling with change.

Vienna, Austria

The "City of Dreams"

Vienna is the cultural, economic, and political center of Austria. Generations of artists, students, and professionals have sought out this city for its inspirational art and architecture, parks and palaces, music and opera.

Study at Webster University's campus in the historic Palais Wenkheim, joining students and faculty representing more than 60 countries. Global MA students are uniquely positioned to examine and understand the complex relationships among institutions of global governance.

Leiden, the Netherlands

"One of Holland's best-kept secrets"

The proximity of Webster's Leiden campus to The Hague, which is home to many of the world's most important and influential legal organizations, provides student's with unique experiences at places like the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. In addition, students have the opportunity to visit sites such as the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Nobel Prize-winning Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Bangkok, Thailand

This vibrant, sophisticated city is the political, social and economic center of the country.

As a top financial and political hub of Southeast Asia, Bangkok is an ideal place to learn about international affairs, including border issues and refugees. Students have the opportunity to interact with key regional international organizations such as the United Nations Environment Program, the Food and Agricultural Organization, the International Labor Organization, and the International Organization for Migration.

STUDENT opportunities for engagement

Opportunities for students in the Global MA program reach far beyond the classroom!

Webster University's Global Master of Arts in International Relations is an unforgettable, once in a lifetime opportunity to engage with faculty and students from around the world.

Program Cost

The cost of the Global MA program is all-inclusive, covering 36 credit hours of tuition towards both a Masters degree and graduate certificate, housing at all 5 study locations, textbooks for all courses, and program fees. For 2018-19, the total program cost is $52,100.

Financial Aid and Scholarships are Available

The Global MA in International Relations (GMAIR) program awards $15,000 Westphalia Scholarships and $10,000 Global MA Scholarships to the most qualified admitted students.

Or Contact Webster University Staff:

Sarah Nandor, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at nandor@webster.edu

Carly Timm, Assistant Director of Int'l Relations Programs at carlytimm82@webster.edu


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