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 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.
Requirements for the Degree
- Approval of courses by graduate director for all 30 units.
- At least 24 units of political science at the 500-level, including
Course List Code Title Hours POLS 535 Research Design 1.5 POLS 550 Comparative Politics 3 POLS 570 Theories in International Relations 3 POLS 595 MAIR Capstone Seminar 3
- 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.)