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International Relations Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 3 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2021-22

  • Average Course Tuition

    $2,980

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Gain critical insight into today’s pressing global issues.

Understand the factors influencing relationships between nation-states and supranational organizations.

What You'll Learn

Through the master’s degree field in international relations you:

  • Gain an understanding of the perspectives and implications of global issues, such as poverty, genocide, armed conflict, terrorism, human rights, and the environment.
  • Develop critical insights and analysis of the precursors, processes, and outcomes of international interactions between governments, organizations, businesses, groups, and individuals.
  • Build knowledge of the evolution, operations, and complexity of regional and global governmental and nongovernmental institutions dealing with trade, economies, and international law.
  • Earn an optional certificate in international security, nuclear deterrence, or social justice.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: International Relations.

Your international relations peers are putting their global understanding and policy training to work in a variety of public service, corporate, and non-profit industries

  • 35

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 74%

    Work Full Time

  • 97%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 13 Years

    Professional Experience

  • Most

    Pursued for career advancement

Degree Requirements and Admissions

At Harvard Extension School, your admission is based largely on your performance in three specific Harvard Extension courses that you complete before submitting an application.

To get started, we invite you to explore degree requirements, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

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Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2021–22 rate) $2,980 per 4-credit course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,760

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

Learning & Connection

Deep learning springs from human connection. That’s why we work so hard to bring people together — whether in a live virtual classroom or an in-person seminar on campus.

Our approach to online learning fosters interaction without sacrificing flexibility. Each week, you’ll engage with your instructor, participate in peer discussions, and receive one-on-one support from teaching staff—all from your home or office.

Online Learning at Harvard Extension School
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