Top Schools with International Relations Graduate Programs

Discover the similarities and differences between the two top schools with graduate programs in international relations. Learn about school rankings, program offerings and other information about these schools.

School Overviews

The top schools with international relations graduate programs are both in Washington, DC. Georgetown University's master's in international relations program is ranked first in the nation and features concentration-area flexibility. Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies offers master's and Ph.D. programs, and is ranked second among international relations programs. Learn more about these schools below.

1. Georgetown University in Washington, DC

School Highlight: Ranked #21 in national universities by 'U.S. News & World Report' in 2015.

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University offers a Master of Science in Foreign Service that was ranked #1 in the nation by Foreign Policy magazine in 2014 and listed as a Foreign Policy Association (FPA) top school for international relations. The master's program includes concentrations in international relations and security, development and commerce, and students have the option of creating their own international relations specialty.

2. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC

School Highlight: Ranked #12 in national universities by 'U.S. News & World Report' in 2015.

The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), part of Johns Hopkins University, is located next to the Center for Global Development in the heart of the nation's capital. SAIS had the country's second best international relations master's program in 2014, according to Foreign Policy magazine, and like Georgetown, it was named by the FPA as a top international relations school. SAIS offers a Master of Arts in International Relations, which includes a general study of the field. Students who would like a more-focused program can complete a master's in international relations with a concentration in conflict management, law and policy, or a Ph.D. in a subject such as global theory and history, strategic studies and international law.

Top International Relations Schools

College/University Name Distinction Location
Columbia University United Nations Studies Program offers classes and programs about the UN for graduate students New York, NY
George Washington University Study abroad program for international relations master's students Washington, DC
Harvard University Ranked #1 for international politics by U.S. News in 2013 Cambridge, MA
New York University International Relations Association for graduate students hosts events and activities New York, NY
Syracuse University Syracuse has a Washington, DC location where graduate students can complete global internship requirement Syracuse, NY
University of California - San Diego Master's students can pick a regional specialization area in China, Japan, Korea, Latin America or Southeast Asia La Jolla, CA
University of Kentucky Graduate international relations program is small and only admits 35 students each year Lexington, KY
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ranked #6 for graduate international politics programs in 2013 by U.S. News Ann Arbor, MI
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus University Center for International Studies has six national resource centers in areas such as Asian, African and Latin American studies Pittsburgh, PA
University of Texas at Austin Graduate research resources include the on-campus Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library Austin, TX

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