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Bachelor’s Degrees in International Relations & National Security

9,868 Yearly Graduations
$32,200 Median Salary
$21,174 Median Debt
A bachelor's degree in international relations is offered at 379 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 34% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 8.7% of international relations graduates were international students.

Education Levels of International Relations Majors

In 2018-2019, 9,868 bachelor's degrees were awarded to international relations majors. This earns it the #51 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in international relations at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 9,868
Master’s Degree 4,818
Graduate Certificate 326
Doctor’s Degree 70
Basic Certificate 69
Associate’s Degree 54
Undergraduate Certificate 2

Earnings of International Relations Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in international relations is $32,200. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $26,900 to a high of $37,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in international relations is $21,174. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $23,250 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $19,044.

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The median monthly payment of a international relations graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $220.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in international relations. About 61.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,822
Women 6,046
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in International Relations

The racial-ethnic distribution of international relations bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 709
Black or African American 620
Hispanic or Latino 1,521
White 5,387
International Students 861
Other Races/Ethnicities 770
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of International Relations Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 379 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in international relations. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
647 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

George Washington University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for international relations majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Roughly 27,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,770 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 647 bachelor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at GWU. Of these students, 65% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
448 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is American University. Each year, around 14,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,351 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 448 people received their bachelor's degree in international relations from The American University. About 65% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
366 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Florida State University. Roughly 42,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,640 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,684 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 366 bachelor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Florida State. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

250 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in international relations. Each year, around 58,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 250 people received their bachelor's degree in international relations from FIU. Of these students, 63% were women and 83% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
248 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Georgia is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in international relations. Roughly 38,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,878 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 248 people received their bachelor's degree in international relations from UGA. Of these students, 65% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
244 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Georgetown University. Roughly 19,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 244 bachelor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Georgetown. About 59% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
241 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in international relations. Roughly 25,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,970 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,578 per year.

The international relations program at University of Virginia - Main Campus awarded 241 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#8

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
223 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Southern California. Roughly 48,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 223 bachelor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at USC. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

#9

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
208 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in international relations. Each year, around 33,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 208 bachelor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Boston U. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

189 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in international relations. Each year, around 61,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 189 people received their bachelor's degree in international relations from Ohio State. About 56% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
187 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is George Mason University. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

The international relations program at George Mason University awarded 187 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#12

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
163 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of California - Davis. Roughly 38,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

The international relations program at University of California - Davis awarded 163 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 55% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

#13

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
156 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Tufts University. Roughly 11,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,324 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,724 per year.

The international relations program at Tufts University awarded 156 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 47% were women.

#14

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
137 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - University Park comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in international relations. Roughly 91,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,416 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,960 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 137 bachelor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Penn State University Park. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#15

Miami University - Oxford

Oxford, Ohio
119 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Miami University - Oxford comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in international relations. Each year, around 19,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,324 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,677 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 119 bachelor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Miami University - Oxford. About 54% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
118 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Bloomington is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in international relations. Roughly 43,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,501 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 118 people received their bachelor's degree in international relations from IU Bloomington. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

111 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of South Florida - Main Campus comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in international relations. Roughly 44,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,559 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,350 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 111 people received their bachelor's degree in international relations from USF Tampa. About 59% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
108 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Tech comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in international relations. Roughly 36,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,701 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 108 bachelor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Virginia Tech. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 63% were women.

#19

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
105 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fordham University is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in international relations. Each year, around 16,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,980 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,608 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 105 bachelor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Fordham U. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#20

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
104 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Michigan State University is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in international relations. Roughly 49,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,555 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,858 per year.

The international relations program at Michigan State University awarded 104 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 43% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to international relations that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Political Science & Government 41,811
Economics 40,355
Sociology 29,920
Anthropology 9,040
Criminology 8,478

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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