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International Relations Program

Why Choose MPIR

There are currently about a dozen masters programs in international affairs in the U.S. and prospective students therefore have a choice of schools. The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, the Master's Program in International Relations at the City College of New York offers several advantages to consider:

First, our location in New York City gives students invaluable access to the United Nations and the many international non-governmental organizations housed nearby. This also provides opportunities for lectures by diplomats, scholars and political leaders.

Second, our program offers a strong, interdisciplinary curriculum specializing in international organization and international law. The close integration of political science, international security and economics in the curriculum makes the program particularly attractive.

Third, is highly affordable, offering a masters in international relations for a fraction of the cost of most other programs.

Fourth, the program is run by a distinguished faculty, which works closely with students as teachers and advisors. Each student receives individual attention during their years in the master's program.

Fifth, the program is flexible. Students may register for either part-time or full-time status and classes are offered during both the afternoon and evening to accommodate those who wish to work during their graduate years.

Sixth, we provide invaluable opportunities to secure internships in New York-area international and non-governmental organizations, which will be very helpful when pursuing future employment.

Seventh, City College has a full-time Diplomat-in-Residence (DIR) located on the campus (right next to the International Relations office).  The Diplomat is a career State Department officer who helps students who wish to work at the State Department or diplomatic corps.  He/she also teaches one class per year in the Master's Program.  We are one of only sixteen colleges in the United States with a DIR.

Finally, our program is one of the very few that provides the opportunity for students to write a master's thesis. This provides invaluable skills in conducting a major research project and can be very helpful in pursuing a variety of careers as well as entering a Ph.D. program.