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Doctor’s Degrees in International Relations & National Security

70 Yearly Graduations
$39,500 Median Salary
$39,682 Median Debt
There are 20 schools in the United States where you can get your doctor's degree in international relations. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 23% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 27.1% of international relations graduates were international students.

Education Levels of International Relations Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 70 students earned their doctor's degree in international relations. This earns it the #130 spot on the list of the most popular doctor'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 Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in international relations is $39,500. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $39,500 and the high is $39,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in international relations is $39,682. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $39,682 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $39,682.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $462.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue doctor's degrees in international relations. About 61.4% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 43
Women 27
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in International Relations

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 33
International Students 19
Other Races/Ethnicities 3
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of International Relations Doctor's Degree Students

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

#1

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
11 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tufts University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for international relations majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Each year, around 11,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their doctor's degree in international relations from Tufts. Of these students, 45% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
9 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in international relations. Each year, around 48,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 people received their doctor's degree in international relations from USC. About 33% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey
9 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - Newark is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in international relations. Roughly 13,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

The international relations program at Rutgers University - Newark awarded 9 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 33% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

7 Yearly Graduations
14% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in international relations. Roughly 58,700 attend the school each year. 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.

The international relations program at Florida International University awarded 7 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 14% were women.

#5

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in international relations. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 doctor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Johns Hopkins. Of these students, 50% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
6 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in international relations. Each year, around 69,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 doctor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at UCF. Of these students, 33% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
4 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Miami comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in international relations. Roughly 17,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,400 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $37,800 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their doctor's degree in international relations from U Miami. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#8

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

American University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in international relations. Roughly 14,300 attend the school each year. 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, 3 people received their doctor's degree in international relations from The American University.

3 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of South Florida - Main Campus. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 doctor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at USF Tampa. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#8

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Virginia - Main Campus. Each year, around 25,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 doctor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at University of Virginia. About 67% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia
3 Yearly Graduations
33% Women

Old Dominion University comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in international relations. Roughly 23,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,029 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,207 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 people received their doctor's degree in international relations from Old Dominion.

#12

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
2 Yearly Graduations

The 12th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Kansas State University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,735 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,212 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their doctor's degree in international relations from K -State.

#12

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Denver is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in international relations. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,336 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

The international relations program at University of Denver awarded 2 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

1 Yearly Graduations

Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in international relations. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,258 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,064 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 doctor's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Georgia Tech.

#14

Claremont Graduate University

Claremont, California
1 Yearly Graduations

Claremont Graduate University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in international relations. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1 people received their doctor's degree in international relations from Claremont Graduate University.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Economics 1,225
Political Science & Government 783
Sociology 626
Anthropology 542
Geography & Cartography 280

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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