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Master’s Degrees in International Relations & National Security

4,818 Yearly Graduations
$52,300 Median Salary
$45,926 Median Debt
There are 106 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in international relations. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 22.3% of international relations graduates were international students.

Education Levels of International Relations Majors

In 2018-2019, 4,818 master's degrees were awarded to international relations majors. This earns it the #41 spot on the list of the most popular master'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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in international relations is $52,300. 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 $46,400 to a high of $61,100.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in international relations is $45,926. 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, $69,400 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $39,431.

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The median monthly payment of a international relations graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $536.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degrees in international relations. About 51.6% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,485
Women 2,333
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in International Relations

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 283
Black or African American 273
Hispanic or Latino 477
White 2,274
International Students 1,073
Other Races/Ethnicities 438
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of International Relations Master's Degree Students

There are 106 colleges that offer a master’s degree in international relations. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
553 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for international relations majors who are seeking their master's degree. Each year, around 27,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 553 master's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Johns Hopkins. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#2

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
353 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their master'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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 353 master's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at The American University. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#3

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
334 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is George Washington University. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 334 people received their master's degree in international relations from GWU. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#4

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
305 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgetown University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in international relations. 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.

The international relations program at Georgetown University awarded 305 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

245 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia University in the City of New York is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in international relations. Each year, around 31,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 245 master's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Columbia. Of these students, 62% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
245 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their master'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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 245 people received their master's degree in international relations from Tufts. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#7

Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, California
228 Yearly Graduations
12% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Naval Postgraduate School is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in international relations. Roughly 2,800 attend the school each year. The international relations program at Naval Postgraduate School awarded 228 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 12% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

New York University

New York, New York
187 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is New York University. Each year, around 52,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 187 master's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at NYU. Of these students, 66% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
127 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - San Diego comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in international relations. Roughly 38,700 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 127 people received their master's degree in international relations from UCSD. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

121 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in international relations. Roughly 600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,594 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $41,594 per year.

The international relations program at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey awarded 121 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 54% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Norwich University

Northfield, Vermont
100 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is Norwich University. Each year, around 3,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $39,234 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,904 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 100 master's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Norwich. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 36% were women.

#12

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
85 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in international relations. Each year, around 45,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,804 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,615 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 85 master's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at American Military University. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 31% were women.

#13

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
84 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their master'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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 master's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at GMU. About 43% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
81 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Denver. Roughly 12,900 attend the school each year. 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 81 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 52% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
76 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Syracuse University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in international relations. Roughly 22,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,880 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 76 master's degrees were handed out to international relations majors at Syracuse. About 51% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
75 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas A&M University - College Station. Roughly 68,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

The international relations program at Texas A&M University - College Station awarded 75 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 24% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#17

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri
70 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is Webster University. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,500 per year.

The international relations program at Webster University awarded 70 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 39% were women.

#17

The New School

New York, New York
70 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in international relations. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

The international relations program at The New School awarded 70 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#19

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
63 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in international relations. Each year, around 31,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

The international relations program at Harvard University awarded 63 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 43% were women and 32% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Troy University

Troy, Alabama
61 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for international relations majors who are seeking their master's degree is Troy University. Each year, around 16,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,800 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,650 per year.

The international relations program at Troy University awarded 61 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 25% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Economics 4,391
Political Science & Government 1,984
Sociology 1,442
Geography & Cartography 1,192
Anthropology 1,085

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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