Specialized Fields: International Relations

International Relations is a popular field of study in the United States. Graduates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree in this field often work for the U.S. government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the United Nations, consulting firms, academia, etc. on issues such as international development, U.S. foreign policy, international finance, or foreign affairs in a specific region of the world. Political science, foreign languages, economics, history, law, business, and communication courses are all a normal part of an International Relations curriculum.

The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) comprises 34 member schools in North America, Asia and Europe dedicated to the improvement of professional education in international affairs and the advancement thereby of international understanding, prosperity, peace, and security. All ASPIA schools offer 2-year Master’s programs, but are a great starting point in the university search of undergraduate students and post-doctoral researchers, too. Many APSIA schools offer joint and dual degree programs that combine the study of international affairs with such fields as law, business, public policy, environmental studies, social work or public health.

www.APSIA.org serves as a clearinghouse of information for prospective students and employers.

APSIA Schools in USA

To search for other US graduate schools, visit http://www.petersons.com/graduate-schools.aspx


Graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in this field may search for fellowships at http://www.apsia.org/find-fellowships-scholarships/.

Candidates studying topics that relate to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions may also consider the Fulbright Schuman program at www.fulbrightschuman.eu.