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Master of Arts in International Relations

International Relations Program Curriculum

Norwich’s Master of Arts in International Relations program is a 33-credit degree program comprising five courses, each of which is 11 weeks in length. Students first complete courses in a concentration of their choice: international security, national security, international development, cyber diplomacy or regions of the world, followed by the capstone project. Under the direction of a Norwich faculty member, students will complete a master’s research paper (MRP) on a research topic of their choice within the field of international relations. The program culminates in a required one-week residency and a graduation ceremony at Norwich University in June.

International Security Concentration

For students who wish to pursue a concentration in international security, they will complete the following courses.

National Security Concentration

For students who wish to pursue a concentration in national security, they will complete the following courses.

International Development Concentration

For students who wish to pursue a concentration in international development, they will complete the following courses.Courses are cross-listed with the Master of Arts in Diplomacy and the Master of Public Administration program.

  • Economics and the International System • GD530 6 credit hours

    You will explore the international economic system, examine the impact of modernization within the system, and investigate the controversy over the concept of globalization and the debate of free trade versus protectionism. You will become familiar with the international financial network and its institutions. Special attention will be given to Third World development issues and the concept of economics as a tool of diplomacy and military power.

Cyber Diplomacy Concentration – Policy Track

To complete the cyber diplomacy concentration within the international relations program, students have the option to pursue courses from either the policy track or the technical track. For the policy track, students will take the courses listed below. The cyber policy coursework will be taught from the curriculum in Norwich's Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program.

Courses are cross-listed with the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program.

  • Law and the International System • GD520 6 credit hours

    You will explore the structure of the international system as defined by its rules and guidelines. The course presents an introduction to international law terminology and its history and theory. Laws surrounding conflict, war, war crimes, and the rising areas of international law, environmental law, and laws concerning humanitarian intervention will be explored. Of special interest will be laws pertaining to human rights.

Cyber Diplomacy Concentration – Technical Track

To complete the cyber diplomacy concentration within the international relations program, students have the option to pursue courses from either the policy track or the technical track. For the technical track, students will take the courses listed below. The cyber systems coursework will be taught from the curriculum in Norwich's Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program.

Courses are cross-listed with the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program.

  • Law and the International System • GD520 6 credit hours

    You will explore the structure of the international system as defined by its rules and guidelines. The course presents an introduction to international law terminology and its history and theory. Laws surrounding conflict, war, war crimes, and the rising areas of international law, environmental law, and laws concerning humanitarian intervention will be explored. Of special interest will be laws pertaining to human rights.

Regions of the World Concentration

For students who wish to pursue a concentration in regions of the world, they will complete the following courses.

Residency

The final academic requirement for the international relations program is a week-long residency at the beautiful and historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. Students have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.