Master of Arts in International Relations

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Program Director: Lasha Tchantouridzé
Associate Program Director of Academics: Charles Lerche

The Master of Arts in International Relations will have three parts. The first two parts consist of taught seminars; the program will have required seminars followed by electives. After completing the required seminars, students will proceed to the electives. At the end of the program students will take their field exam in the discipline of International Relations.

The field exam will consist of issues from the required seminars, as well as those two seminars elected by a student. Satisfactory completion of the field exam will be required to graduate from the program. The third part of the program will consist of research elements – students will be expected to complete a Master’s research paper (MRP) of approximate length of 14 to 18 thousand words. Students will be encouraged to select their MRP or capstone topic as early as possible, and by the end of Seminar Four they will have advisors assigned. Students will be encouraged to choose their elective seminars according to their research interests. Master’s Research Paper will be a shorter version of MA thesis, with one important difference: students will not be asked to make original contributions to the field of international relations. Although it is not difficult to identify original theses statements in IR, even at Master’s level, fundamental difficulties exist in the field in terms of scholarly rigor and methodology of fully investigating the proposed research questions. Such challenges are common in the discipline at Master’s level and tend to exist even at wealthy schools – the challenges are connected with the limitations that naturally exist for those who study international security and history – it is seldom possible for Master’s students to do substantial field research, especially in the areas of conflict.

Curriculum Map

Semester 1Cr.Semester 2Cr.Semester 3Cr.
IR 510 World Politics Intl Relations6One Concentration Course6IR 555 Field Exam0
One Concentration Course6One Elective Course6IR 590 Masters Research Paper9
  IR 595 Residency10
Semester Total Credits12Semester Total Credits12Semester Total Credits9
Total Credits For This Major: 33

 Students are required to attend a one-week, on campus Residency Conference in the June following or concurrent with their final course.

Core Requirements 

All students in the Master of Arts in International Relations program are required to complete the following courses in the order prescribed in the curriculum map for the degree.

Core Courses for all Concentrations
IR 510World Politics Intl Relations6
IR 555Field Exam0
IR 590Masters Research Paper9
IR 595 Residency0
Total Cr.15

Concentration Areas

All students in the Master of Arts in International Relations program must select one concentration area of study and will complete 18 credits in the concentration. 

International Security Concentration Courses
IR 520American Foreign Policy6
IR 530International Security6
GD 540Conflict Avoidance, Prevention & Containment in the International System6
or GD 541 The Practice of Diplomacy
or GD 550 Conflict Resolution & Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the International System
or GD 560 Military Intervention & Conflict Management in the International System
or GD 561 Human Rights and Conflict in the International System
or GD 562 International Response to Transnational Terrorism
Total Cr.18
National Security Concentration Courses
IR 520American Foreign Policy6
IR 531National Security6
IR 541Intel & Natl Security Policy6
Total Cr.18
International Development Concentration Courses
GD 530Economics and the International System6
IR 543PoliEconomy of IntDevelopment6
IR 553Capital and international Development6
Total Cr.18
Cyber Diplomacy Concentration Courses
GD 520Law and the International System6
GD 547Cyber Policy I6
or GD 548 Studies in Cyber Systems I
GD 557Cyber Policy II6
or GD 558 Studies in Cyber Systems II
Total Cr.18

One-Week Residency 

All degree candidates of the Master of Arts in International Relations are required to attend a one-week Residency Conference on the Norwich University campus, during which they may attend professional presentations, participate in roundtable discussions with faculty, and present papers. The one-week residency is a degree requirement.

Faculty Member Institution at which highest degree was earned
Lasha Tchatouridze, PhD (Program Director) Queens University
Charles Lerche, PhD (Associate Program Director of Academics) University of Ibaden (Nigeria)
Hayat Alvi, PhD Howard University
Clifford Bates, PhD Northern Illinois University
Narain Batra, PhD Gujarat University
John Becker, PhD University of Denver
Najiba Benabess, PhD University of Wisconsin
Bond Benton, PhD University of Vienna
James Binney, PhD University of Kentucky
Stefan Brooks, PhD University of Houston
Rowland Brucken, PhD Ohio State University
Anthony Cain, PhD Ohio State University
Stanley Carpenter, PhD Florida State University
Emily Copeland, PhD The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Paula Doherty, PhD Nova Southeastern University
Robert Farkasch, PhD York University
Hatice Gamze Menali, MA Norwich University
Don Harrington, PhD University of Connecticut
Michael Jackson, PhD Brandeis University
David Jones, PhD State University of New York at Albany
William Jong-Ebot, PhD University of Wisconsin
Seung-Ho Joo, PhD Pennsylvania State University
Angela Kachuyevski, PhD The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Brian Kupfer, PhD Claremont Graduate School
Jonathan Levy, PhD William Howard Taft Law School
James Miskel, PhD State University of New York
Darryl Mitry, PhD University of Southern California
Amit Mukherjee, PhD Syracuse University
Eric Nelson, PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Scott Nelson, PhD Arizona State University
Robert Pauley, PhD Old Dominion University
Daniela Peterka-Benton, PhD University of Vienna
Timothy Riesen, PhD Claremont Graduate University
Eileen Scully, PhD Georgetown University
Steven Shirley, PhD Old Dominion University
Joel Sokolsky, PhD Harvard University
Andrea Talentino, PhD UCLA
Eugene Tardie, PhD Northern Illinois University
Stephen Twing, PhD University of South Carolina
Shelton L. Williams, PhD John Hopkins University