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Why Choose the Master's Program in International Relations?

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Why Choose the Master's Program in International Relations?

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

  • Location: 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.

 

  • Interdisciplinary: The 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.

 

  • Affordability: The program is highly affordable, offering a masters in international relations for a fraction of the cost of most other programs.

 

  • Faculty: The program is run by a distinguished faculty, who work closely with students as teachers and advisors. Each student receives individual attention during their years in the master's program.

 

  • Flexibility: 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.

 

  • Employment: 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.

 

  • Diplomat-in-Residence: City College has a full-time Diplomat-in-Residence (DIR) located on the campus (NAC 6/142). 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.  Diplomat-in-Residence, Usha Pitts contact information DIRNewYorkMetro@State.Gov cell: 202.445.9752 and/or DIR Facebook.

 

  • Rigorous thesis project: 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.