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Pursuing a Master in International Relations at IE University will prepare you to hit the ground running in our increasingly globalized world.

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Having individuals who can communicate across national and cultural boundaries is vital to ensuring that countries maintain strong relationships and work toward common goals. A Master in International Relations can open up the world of global politics, empowering you to collaborate with top players such as the United Nations or the EU to advance ideas for a better tomorrow.

Read on to learn how this degree works and what it can do for you.

What is international relations?

International relations is a field dedicated to both study and practice. In an international relations master’s program, you’ll dive into the relationships between nations. This includes: how nations interact, how power is distributed and leveraged, histories of conflict and resolutions, and so on.

In the professional world, this understanding is applied in a variety of ways, including public policy, diplomacy, and international agencies.

Why study a Master in International Relations? Explore the roles you could take on

Thus, people who study international relations gain the knowledge and skills to navigate the complex relationships that govern our world.

Why earn an international relations master’s degree?

The breadth and depth of skills that you’ll gain from a master’s in international relations can prepare you for a wealth of career paths.

Over the course of your degree, you’ll learn key transferable skills in communication (both in writing and public speaking), cross-cultural dialogue and awareness, crafting persuasive arguments and working as part of a team.

Why study a Master in International Relations? Explore the roles you could take on

These skills can prepare you for a career in politics as well as in a range of other fields, from management to conflict resolution, advocacy and social work.

The Master in International Relations at IE University

IE University’s Master in International Relations is a unique, pioneering program thanks to its combination of theoretical study and hands-on experience. Designed in partnership with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the program is devoted to honing students’ knowledge in the classroom as well as their ability to apply what they’ve learned through projects, field trips and internships.

A truly international experience

Students will have the opportunity to spend a week immersed in the hustle and bustle of Brussels to experience the inner workings of the EU and other key political players. Students can also visit the OECD headquarters in Paris and can complete a consultancy project in collaboration with the OECD or other IE University partners like NATO.

In addition, students can choose to do a semester abroad at one of IE University’s partner universities.

Why study a Master in International Relations? Explore the roles you could take on

They may also elect to complete a dual degree paired with one of our other master’s degrees. The program is well complemented by programs like the Master in Management or International MBA.

With a Master in International Relations, the future is open

The career paths that this program will open up to you are many and varied. Beyond established internship agreements with multiple prestigious organizations, IE University also hosts a forum dedicated to international relations students. There, they can meet representatives from numerous international development organizations.

Why study a Master in International Relations? Explore the roles you could take on

Our program alumni have gone on to carve out careers in law, environmentalism, tourism, aid and social development, and more.

But don’t just take our word for it. Alumni have also spoken for themselves about how the program helped them get where they wanted to go.

If you have any questions about the program, our representatives are happy to discuss the program with you. Don’t hesitate to reach out for more information or check the Master in International Relations webpage.