Master of Arts in International Relations and Public Policy (MASS-IRP)

The Master of Arts in International Relations and Public Policy offers specialized training to postgraduate students who are pursuing a career in foreign policy or who wish to prepare themselves for advanced research in international relations. Through intensive reading assignments and small seminars, students are introduced to major debates in international relations theory as well as historical and current developments in world politics. Research and writing assignments train students in the core skills of rigorously analyzing complex social issues, engaging with diverse arguments, and communicating them clearly to audiences. The culmination of the degree is an original thesis on a topic of the student’s own choosing, researched and written under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Alumni of the MIRP program have gone on to successful careers both in China and abroad, including in the government sector, international organizations, non-profits, business, education, and research.


Course Plan

The MIRP is structured as a two-year program. In the first year, students undertake intensive coursework, including four compulsory courses in international relations theory, political science research methods, and public policy analysis. In addition, students choose four elective courses from a range of international relations and policy-related topics, such as international political economy, global governance, and political theory. The second year is devoted entirely to researching and writing the thesis. After completing the thesis, students present their research in a formal oral examination before a panel of three faculty members.


Year 1

Course Code Course Name Credits
3
3
3
3
Four electives from the following list:
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
Total Credits (Year 1) 24

Year 2

Course Code Course Name Credits
IRPA 798 Academic Thesis 6
Total Credits (Year 2) 6

POLICIES

Admissions

Admission to the MASS-IRP program is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic records, work experiences, and a face-to-face interview. The following are minimum requirements for admission:


Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is English.


Attendance

Students are required to attend at least 80% of total class hours. Students who do not meet this requirement will be given a failing grade in the course.


Evaluation

Each student is required to pass all compulsory courses and electives with an overall average of B- before being allowed to proceed to thesis research under the guidance of an assigned supervisor. Students may only submit and present theses with the approval of their supervisors. A panel of examiners will be appointed by the Academic Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences to examine each thesis and conduct an oral examination on the subject of that thesis.


Tuition

Please visit the Graduate School website for information on graduate tuition.