What Can You Do with an International Relations Degree?


what you can do with a graduate degree in international relations

If your career goals include becoming a Foreign Service Officer, developing nonprofit and nongovernmental international organizations or advancing your current career, a Master of Arts in International Relations might be for you.

A master’s degree in international relations can offer you a broad understanding of world affairs from a variety of perspectives, giving you the cross-cultural experience and cross-disciplinary skills necessary to succeed.

Whether you’re looking to advance where you are or change careers entirely, an international relations degree can open the door to a wide range of options by providing you with the tools needed to engage in a globally integrated environment.

“Students in the program have the ability to focus on different study options,” said Shelby Cole, home operations coordinator for OU Advanced Programs. “The Global Studies option includes specialization in global economics and development and global security studies, while the Area Studies option includes regional specializations in Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East.”

A master’s degree in international relations will prepare you for a broad spectrum of careers.

So what kind of job can all of this knowledge in world affairs get you? Well, the possibilities are endless.

Ranked in the top 20 of Forbes’ Best Master’s Degrees for Jobs in 2017, a master’s degree in international relations will prepare you for a broad spectrum of careers, including careers in government and non-government organizations, international business, teaching and research, economics, foreign relations and the military.

You may even find yourself working in defense or immigration and naturalization. International commerce, political relations, international banking, international law and international intelligence are a few of the many other options.

With a degree that provides you with this kind of insight into political affairs, public policies, economic trends and social issues, you’re sure to find a job that both suits your interests and allows you to find solutions to many problems facing the world today.

“This program is designed to equip students with the tools to develop a broad base of knowledge in international relations, the ability to conduct research and analyze information from a variety of sources, and the skills necessary to express their thoughts effectively,” said Cole. “This can really set them apart when it comes to finding a job.”

The degree can be started at any time and is offered at several locations in North America and overseas. For more information on the Master of Arts in International Relations, visit https://pacs.ou.edu/graduate/master-international-relations.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.