Master of Arts in International Relations

The MAIR program’s 30 unit academic curriculum offers students a strong core of required survey courses (POLS535, POLS550, POLS570), a wide range of subject focused courses, and a final capstone course (POLS595) to bring together the skills and knowledge they have acquired in our program. Course offerings vary from semester to semester, depending on instructor availability, though required courses are offered at least once per academic year. Full course descriptions for MAIR courses offerings are listed below along with the course calendar for the present academic year.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at

Degree Requirements

  • Approval of courses by graduate director for all 30 units.
  • At least 24 units of political science at the 500-level, including:
    POLS 535Research Design1.5
    POLS 550Comparative Politics3
    POLS 570Theories in International Relations3
    POLS 595MAIR Capstone Seminar3
    Total Units10.5
  • Up to six units of relevant courses can be chosen from among undergraduate political science, peace and justice studies, economics, history, business administration, or law. Up to six units of graduate coursework in international relations can be transferred from another university.
  • Only one course with a grade of “C+”, “C”, or “C-” may count toward the degree. No courses with a grade of “D” or “F” will count toward the degree (although all grades are calculated in the GPA.)