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Best International Relations Schools 2021 – Foreign Policy Guide

Top Universities for Global Policy, Public Affairs, & International Studies


If you are considering a higher degree (Master or PhD) or career in International Affairs, FP Guides has put together a collection of some of the top international relations schools in the country. These school are offering graduate degrees across all subjects involving global policy, public affairs and international studies – the most sought after skills for careers in government, NGOs and non-profits.

Here is our choice for top international relations schools for 2020-2021:

UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy

ucsd_logo_300p Offering Master of Public Policy (MPP) specialization in Health Policy, Inequality and Social Policy, Master of International Affairs specialization in International Development & Nonprofit Management, Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs, PhD in Political Science and International Affairs. LEARN MORE.

Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

johnshopkins-sais_logo_300p Offering Master of Arts in International Relations, International Economics and Finance, Global Policy, International Affairs, European Public Policy, Global Risk, International Studies, Sustainable Energy, and International Public Policy. LEARN MORE.

Virginia Tech, School of Public and International Affairs

VT-logo-from-ad_300p Offering Master of Public Administration, Public and International Affairs, Urban and Regional Planning, PhD in Planning, Governance, and Globalization, PhD in Public Administration and Public Affairs. LEARN MORE.

Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Seton_Hall_logo-fromweb_300p Offering Master’s programs in diplomacy and international affairs, dual-degree options in Asian studies, business, communication, law, and public administration, and graduate certificates. LEARN MORE.

University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

udenver-korbel_logo_300p2 Offering Master of Arts in Global Environmental Sustainability, ‘Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration’, International Development, International Human Rights, International Security, International Studies, MPP, Dual degrees including MA, MSW, MPP, and JD, PhD in International Studies. LEARN MORE.

University of Notre Dame, Keough School of Global Affairs

Notre-Dame_logo_300p-72 Offering Master of Global Affairs, and JD, and MBA. Each degree can concentrate on: Sustainable Development, International Peace Studies, and Global Affairs, with opportunities to specialize. LEARN MORE.

University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies

U-Kent-Brussels_logo_300p Offering MA in EU External Relations, International Political Economy, International Conflict and Security, International Development, Political Strategy and Communication, International Migration, International Relations, LLM in Human Rights Law, International Law, & MS in Global Health Policy (new, pending). LEARN MORE.

American University, School of International Service

AU_LOGO_150x100-300p_72 Offering MA in International Affairs Policy and Analysis, Comparative and Regional Studies, Global Governance, Politics, and Security, International Economic Relations, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, US Foreign Policy and National Security, MA in International Development, International Economics, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, International Relations, ‘Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights’, Global Environmental Policy, Intercultural and International Communication, MS in Development Management, International Relations and Business, Executive Master of International Service, PhD in International Relations. LEARN MORE.

George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government

GMU-Schar_logo-sp2 Offering MA in International Commerce and Policy, International Security, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics. MS in Biodefense, ‘Organization Development and Knowledge Management’. PhD in Biodefense, Political Science, Public Policy LEARN MORE.

Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Syracus_MaxwellWM.O_DG.rgb_72 Offering a Executive Master of International Relations (EMIR) degree, specifically tailored for the experienced professional who wants to advance to a higher level of executive leadership or transition into the international arena. LEARN MORE.

Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird_logo-web Offering Executive Master of Global Affairs and Management (EMAGAM), for mid-career professionals, that prepares graduates for leadership positions within their existing organizations, or to make a bold move in their careers by switching industries entirely. LEARN MORE.

Princeton University, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Princeton-logo-web Offering a two-year Master in Public Affairs (MPA), a one-year mid-career Master in Public Policy (MPP), and a five-year PhD in Public Affairs. LEARN MORE.

Indiana University, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

U-Indiana-logo-web_300p Offering Master of International Affairs, Master’s degrees in International Studies including, Russian and East European, African , Central Eurasian, Chinese, East Asian, European, Japanese, Latin American and Carribbean, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC). LEARN MORE.

Yale University, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Yale-Jackson_mark300x100 Offering MA in Global Affairs, and Master of Advanced Study (MAS) in Global Affairs. The school also awards joint degrees in public health, law, management, forestry, and environmental studies. LEARN MORE.

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