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Top Schools with International Relations Graduate Programs

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Top International Relations Schools

Master's degree programs in international relations and closely related fields provide advanced studies in global, political, and economic issues.

School Overviews

Two top-ranked schools with international relations graduate programs are both located in Washington, DC. Georgetown University's master's in international relations program features concentration-area flexibility, while Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies offers master's and Ph.D. programs. Columbia University, another highly ranked school, located in New York, New York, offers a master's degree in the field along with internship opportunities. Each of these schools was nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University in Washington, DC, was ranked #20 in national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University offers a Master of Science in Foreign Service. As of 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school's graduate-level political science program #40. 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.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, was ranked #10 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. 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. The political science program was tied for #40 with Georgetown, according to the most recent ranking of U.S. News and World Report in 2013. 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 or law and policy, or a Ph.D. in a subject such as global theory and history, strategic studies, or international law.

Columbia University

At Columbia University in New York, New York, the United Nations Studies Program offers classes and programs about the UN for graduate students. Through the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University offers a Master of International Affairs. This professional program requires a summer internship and culminates in a capstone workshop that provides real-world training. Students must choose between six concentrations and seven specializations. Prior to graduation, students must achieve proficiency in a foreign language. According to the most recent rankings of U.S. News and World Report, Columbia was ranked #4 in the country for its international politics program.

Top International Relations Schools

Top graduate-level programs in international relations are also available at these schools:

College/University Name Distinction Location
George Washington University Offers a study abroad program for international relations master's students Washington, DC
Harvard University Ranked #1 for international politics by U.S. News and World Report in 2013 Cambridge, MA
New York University Has an International Relations Association for graduate students that hosts events and activities New York, NY
Syracuse University Has a Washington, DC, location where graduate students can complete global internship requirements 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 35-40 students each year Lexington, KY
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ranked #6 for graduate international politics programs in 2013 by U.S. News and Report 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

For students who want to study international relations at the graduate level, there are top-ranked universities around the country that provide advanced coursework in the field, as well as hands-on training and other academic enrichment opportunities.


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