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.
Getting Started: Admissions and Degree Requirements
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.
Our Community at a Glance
Your international relations peers are putting their global understanding and policy training to work in a variety of public service, corporate, and nonprofit industries.
Average Courses Taken Each Semester
Work Full Time
Would Recommend the Program
Professional Experience in the Field
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My experience at Harvard Extension school was life-changing. Through my international relations program, I was able to take courses taught by professors from various schools within the university, and go in depth, via scholarly works, on critical topics.
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 (2022–23 rate)||$3,100 per 4-credit course ($775 per credit)|
|Average Tuition of Peer Institutions||$5,476 per course|
|Average Total Cost||$37,200|
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.
Webinar: Program Information Session
Are you considering graduate studies in international relations, government, or history?
Watch this on-demand webinar to learn more about the master’s degree programs in these fields.