Skip to content

Coronavirus Updates: See latest COVID-19 news from Harvard Extension School.

International Relations Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 3 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020-21

  • Average Course Tuition

    $2,900

two people having conversation in front of international flags

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.

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

  • 66%

    Working Full Time

  • 97%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 13 Years

    Professional Experience in the Field

Admission and Getting Started

Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.

To get started, you take the following three courses. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.

  • SSCI 100B Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies and Scholarly Writing in the Social Sciences–Government and History
  • One international relations course
  • One international relations course or elective (e.g., EXPO 42b)

Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and prepare to enroll in your first course.

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

When I make up my mind about doing something, I get it done.

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 (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,000

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
Student at computer