University of Chicago

Division of the Social Sciences

International Relations


Wieboldt Hall 205A,1050 E. 59th Street

Pick Hall 301

Chicago, IL 60637

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - International Relations

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The University of Chicago's Committee on International Relations (CIR) offers a one-year M.A. in International Relations. As one of the nations' oldest graduate programs in international affairs and one of the world's leaders in the training of foreign policy professionals, the Committee's students are served well by the institution's continuing dedication to research and rigorous academic standards. The distinguishing feature of our MA program is that it provides students not only with the tools to analyze current events and answer major policy questions but also with a deep theoretical understanding of international relations. CIR students focus their studies around four key areas in International Relations: * International Relations Theory, Security, & History * International Political Economy and Development * Regional Studies and Nationalism * Human Rights, Environment, & International Law In the one year, students take nine graduate level courses, designing their own program in their focus from classes around the University. The CIR class of 55-60 students also congregates in smaller, 20-25 member sections to prepare their M.A. thesis proposal and paper. Many use their study with the Committee on International Relations as a stepping stone for further scholarship at some of the world's most prestigious graduate institutions. A number of CIR alumni have served with distinction on the faculty of colleges, universities and other scholarly academies worldwide. Other CIR graduates have gone on to careers in government or the private sector, working as consultants, in think-tanks, and with elite multinational corporations.


Since 1913, the University of Chicago has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL scores of a minimum of 26 in each section; IELTS section scores must be 7 or higher

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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