Master of Arts in International Relations (1 year)

Program level: 
Degree awarded: 
Country of accreditation: 
United States
Program accreditation/registration: 
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Standard Program duration: 
1 year (10 months)
Type of degree: 
US degree credits: 
Austrian degree ECTS credits: 
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Program Description

This program provides students with a foundation in international relations, as well as exposure to questions relating to the study of international security and the global economy. The program offers an innovative, dynamic learning environment with relatively small class sizes and an interdisciplinary curriculum. It is accredited in both the US and Austria. 

The 1-year MA program has three different specializations: Global Order and Politics (GOP), International Political Economy (IPE), and Conflict and Security (CONSEC). Students are encouraged to take courses from all three specializations. In addition to exposure to the main areas of teaching in the program, students will also receive thorough preparation in academic writing, and research design and methods.

The program consists of 30 US (60 ECTS) credits, including the thesis of 6 US (12 ECTS) credits. 

This is a full-time MA program, therefore, students are expected to reside at all times in Vienna, during the program. They are expected to continuously remain in contact with campus academic life and respond promptly to any communication from the department.

Admissions requirements: 

Entry Requirements for the Master’s Program
In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants must submit a one-page statement of purpose, and a 500-word essay. The statement of purpose should describe the applicant’s previous studies and/or research undertaken. It should also include some explanation as to how this has motivated the application to IR, as well as how the MA potentially fits into future work or studies. The focus of the essay should demonstrate knowledge on a specific topic; for example, a particular writer’s work, a theory or school of thought, or an empirical case, and demonstrate how this topic, from the perspective of international relations or a related social science discipline, would relate to the applicant’s future studies and research in the department.

Accepted applicants come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, although preference is given to students with a degree in the social sciences (including history, political science, law and philosophy). However, others with a demonstrated interest in international affairs and public policy may also be strong candidates for admission.

In exceptional cases, applicants with a three-year bachelor’s degree may be allowed admission into one-year master’s programs. The applicants should be aware that they may not be able to pursue a doctoral degree in the European Higher Education Area if they have accumulated less than 300 ECTS credits in their prior university studies. Applicants wishing to pursue an academic career should choose their master’s program accordingly (two-year master’s in case they completed a three-year bachelor’s degree, and one-year master’s in case they completed a four-year bachelor’s degree). For the list of conditions under which exemptions may be granted, please refer to the program’s website.