Online Master’s in International Relations Strategic Leadership in a Connected World


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Liberty University’s Master of Science (MS) in International Relations degree online is a great option if you enjoy traveling, politics, and communication. Our international relations graduate program helps provide the training needed to maintain positive diplomatic relations with other countries and prevent international conflicts. In this program, you can learn to monitor current events and give your recommendations on public policy. In addition, you can gain a firm understanding of international relations, global security, and governance.

The advanced knowledge and training you receive in this online masters in international relations and diplomacy may benefit you in a wide range of professions. Some of the professions you could pursue include diplomacy, foreign service, federal civil service, international aid and development, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international business, and journalism. Our challenging curriculum can help equip you with the skills needed to become a valuable asset in your global career.

This master’s in international relations degree online can help you pursue a wide range of careers in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. These careers require an understanding of international politics, foreign affairs, international economics, and national security issues. You will study various topics to gain a foundation in international relations. These different disciplines cover history, philosophy, governing structures and processes, comparative politics, and more.

You will also study critical pieces of international organizations and human rights, political economy and international trade, and international security and terrorism. You can learn about the importance of global governance in the contexts of political, military, legal, financial, or humanitarian institutions like the United Nations (UN), World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and more.

Our international relations degree provides training from a Judeo-Christian perspective on international affairs and American foreign policy. The online master’s in international relations can give you a basis for understanding the relationship between U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. Each course in this degree is grounded in a biblical perspective on government, politics, and diplomacy.

Our online master’s in international relations also offers a thesis option – which will allow you to contribute your own research and views to greater academic discussions concerning international relations. In the thesis sequence, you’ll have the opportunity to study under experienced faculty with terminal degrees and dissertation experience. Under their guidance, you can produce research that inspires change and challenges perspectives. If you would rather not complete a thesis, you’ll be able to select elective courses and study topics that interest you most in international relations and government.  

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Graduate Full Time $565/Credit
Graduate Part Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.