M.S. - International Relations

About MSIR

The Department of Political Science at Troy University is a component of the college of Arts and Sciences. We boast over twenty faculty members from  Japan, Korea, Australia, and all over the United States. We are composed of three distinct programs and multiple concentrations. The International Relations program is a graduate program in the Political Science Department that focuses on providing students with a well rounded education in  past and current international events, and the theories and methods necessary to analyze them professionally. The program consists of 5 core courses  and  7 concentration courses  from a concentration of the student’s choice. 


MSIR Information

Admissions

Candidates for admission must have a baccalaureate degree in any subject area from a regionally accredited college or university. There are no prerequisite courses requirements. 


Students with undergraduate degrees in areas not included in the curriculum are encouraged to inquire about the program. Graduates of Master of Science in International Relations program have included individuals with undergraduate degrees in the social science as well as areas as English, foreign languages, engineering, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, education, and business management.

Conditional admission may be granted under certain circumstances to applicants who cannot satisfy all unconditional admission requirements to a graduate program. See conditional admissions requirements in the general regulations section of the graduate catalog.

 

Students may be admitted if they meet the following requirements:


1. Hold a master's or high degree from a regionally accredited university. No test score required. An official transcript showing completion of a master's or higher degree is required.


OR

2. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 grade point average on the last 30 semester hours were reached will be used to calculate the grade point average. All transcripts from all colleges or universities are required.


AND

3. Have an acceptable score on the appropriate entrance exam 
(GRE 920-verbal plus quantitative, MAT 396, GMAT 490)

A maximum of four courses (12 semester credit hours) taken at another regionally accredited institution, each with a "B" grade or better, can be applied toward the degree. These courses must be comparable in catalog description to Troy University courses in the MSIR program and must be approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences or Chair of the Department of Political Science.

The program handles many PME transfer credits. Please contact your adviser or the director to see  if your experience applies and how it could affect the course of study.


 

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 Program Requirements

The MSIR program is a 36 hour program made up of a 5 course core and 7 course concentration. The program has concentrations in Global Studies, National Security Affairs, and Regional Affairs.

The core is designed to introduce students to academic writing, give an overview of all necessary knowledge, expose students to theories of international relations, and teach them about international economy. The program is then finalized by a capstone.

 

IR 5551 Survey of International Relations (3)

IR 6601 Research Methods in International Relations (3)

IR 6620 International Political Economy (3)

IR 6652 Theory and Ideology of International Relations (3)

IR 6690 Capstone (Non-Thesis Students only) (3)

Global Studies is a great concentration for those who seek to take a wide variety of courses. This concentration gives the student an option to take any subject matter offered by the International Relations program. It also gives the student an option of a couple history classes too.

 

HIS 5503 Contemporary Europe
HIS 5504 Military History of the United States
IR 5502 International Political Geography
IR 5524 Contemporary American Foreign Policy
IR 5533 Comparative Government
IR 5540 Conflict Processes
IR 5541 Middle Eastern Security
IR 5542 Diplomacy
IR 5543 Middle Eastern Political Economy
IR 5544 European Political Economy and the European Union
IR 5552 International Law
IR 6600 Selected Topics in International Relations
IR 6602 Geostrategic Studies
IR 6610 International Organizations
IR 6612 Comparative Public Policy
IR 6616 East Asian Security
IR 6621 East Asian Political Economy
IR 6622 European Security
IR 6623 Arab-Israeli Conflict
IR 6624 Geopolitics of Eurasia
IR 6625, 6626, 6627 Specialized Study in International Relations
IR 6631 Intercultural Relations
IR 6634 Tradition, Revolution, and Change
IR 6635 National Security Policy
IR 6640 Government and Politics of Developing Nations
IR 6641 Comparative Politics of Latin America
IR 6642 Comparative Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
IR 6644 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
IR 6645 Comparative Politics of East Asia
IR 6646 Comparative Politics of South Asia
IR 6647 Comparative Politics of Western Europe
IR 6648 Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
IR 6650 Environmental Security, Conflict, and Development
IR 6655 International Conflict Management
IR 6656 International Power and Influence
IR 6660 Military Strategy and International Relations
IR 6665 Readings in International Relations
IR 6668 Thesis
IR 6669 Thesis
IR 6681 Tribalism and Colonialism in Africa
IR 6685 Terrorism and Political Violence
IR 6686 Latin American Security
IR 6687 Latin American Political Economy
IR 6688 Political Islam
IR 6661 US Intelligence in International Relations
IR 6615 Comparative Politics of North Korea
IR 6643 Russian Intelligence in International Relations: From the KGB to the FSB
IR 6637 Counter Insurgency and Irregular Warfare
IR 6617 Chinese Security
IR 6639 Russian Security
IR 6684 Violence in Latin America
PA 6610 Foundations of Public Administration
PA 6622 Public Policy

This concentration aims to provide students with a greater understanding of current security issues and how those issues developed. Many courses are regionally focuses to give the student a variety of learning options.

 

HIS 5504 Military History of the United States
IR 5524 Contemporary American Foreign Policy
IR 5540 Conflict Processes
IR 5541 Middle Eastern Security
IR 5552 International Law
IR 6600 Selected Topics in International Relations
IR 6602 Geostrategic Studies
IR 6616 East Asian Security
IR 6622 European Security
IR 6623 Arab-Israeli Conflict
IR 6624 Geopolitics of Eurasia
IR 6635 National Security Policy
IR 6650 Environmental Security, Conflict, and Development
IR 6655 International Conflict Management
IR 6656 International Power and Influence
IR 6660 Military Strategy and International Relations
IR 6685 Terrorism and Political Violence
IR 6686 Latin American Security
IR 6661 US Intelligence in International Relations
IR 6615 Comparative Politics of North Korea
IR 6643 Russian Intelligence in International Relations: From the KGB to the FSB
IR 6637 Counter Insurgency and Irregular Warfare
IR 6617 Chinese Security
IR 6639 Russian Security
IR 6684 Violence in Latin America

The program also offers studies in the regions of Middle East and North Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America so if you are seeking to sharpen your knowledge on a particular region, this is the concentration for you!

 

First, pick 3 courses from the following:

IR 5502 International Political Geography
IR 5533 Comparative Government
IR 5542 Diplomacy
IR 5552 International Law
IR 6610 International Organizations
IR 6612 Comparative Public Policy
IR 6631 Intercultural Relations

Pick two courses from one of the following areas:

IR 5541 Middle Eastern Security
IR 5543 Middle Eastern Political Economy
IR 6616 East Asian Security
IR 6623 Arab-Israeli Conflict
IR 6624 Geopolitics of Eurasia
IR 6640 Government and Politics of Developing Nations
IR 6644 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
IR 6648 Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
IR 6681 Tribalism and Colonialism in Africa
IR 6685 Terrorism and Political Violence
IR 6688 Political Islam

IR 6616 East Asian Security
IR 6621 East Asian Political Economy
IR 6624 Geopolitics of Eurasia
IR 6640 Government and Politics of Developing Nations
IR 6645 Comparative Politics of East Asia
IR 6646 Comparative Politics of South Asia
IR 6617 Chinese Security
IR 6615 Comparative Politics of North Korea

HIS 5503 Contemporary Europe
IR 5544 European Political Economy and the European Union
IR 6622 European Security
IR 6624 Geopolitics of Eurasia
IR 6642 Comparative Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
IR 6647 Comparative Politics of Western Europe
IR 6639 Russian Security
IR 6643 Russian Intelligence in International Relations: From the KGB to the FSB

IR 6640 Government and Politics of Developing Nations
IR 6641 Comparative Politics of Latin America
IR 6686 Latin American Security
IR 6687 Latin American Political Economy
IR 6684 Violence in Latin America

An additional two courses must be selected from the global studies concentration.