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Master of Arts in International Relations


USD encourages well prepared, locally based Navy and military personnel to apply to the MAIR program. The content and rigor of the program are designed to help students to understand and participate in world affairs while enhancing the students' career prospects in the armed forces and beyond. Graduate courses are small (fewer than 20 students in most cases) and conducted in seminar format, with substantial student participation.

Courses are offered on a rotating basis and the coursework may be completed in approximately eighteen months with full-time enrollment. However, students have six years to complete the degree, which allows for personal and professional breaks as needed. The University also offers military personnel a 15% reduction in regular graduate tuition.

Naval War College Credit

Students enrolled in the JPME program who complete the Web-enabled “Strategy and War” and/or “National Security Decision Making” courses with a B or better can transfer up to six units (three for each course) toward USD’s Master of Arts in International Relations degree. Please note that we are unable to accept the CD-ROM version of this course.

Students enrolled in the Fleet Seminar Program can enroll in up to two MAIR courses (if space is available) with “special student” status (i.e., non-degree seeking) and then apply to transfer USD credit to the MA degree offered by the Naval War College.

Please contact the Graduate Director for more information.