Degree Requirements

MA in International Relations

Minimum requirements (from students who enrolled in 2020) are:

  1. Two years of enrollment
  2. Acquisition of at least 40 credits
  3. Submission of a master’s thesis or research report
  4. Passing the thesis/research report evaluation and final examination
  5. Acquisition of total GPA of at least 2.5

Course Requirements

Students must at least gain the number of credits in the Core Required Courses, Core Elective Courses, and Elective Courses for their graduation, as indicated in the following table:

(* Information below is for Class of 2022)

■MA in International Relations
Categories Course Title
Core Required Courses
6 credits
6 credits
・Advanced Seminar I
・Advanced Seminar II
・Advanced Seminar III
Core Elective Courses
At least 18 credits or 22 credits in Total


Basic Courses
At least 10 credits
・Comparative Government and Politics
・Contemporary International Security Issues: National and Human
・Foreign Policy Analysis
・History of International Relations
・Human Rights and Global Justice: Cultures, Gender, and Equality
・International Economic Systems and Order
・International Organization
・International Political Economy
・International Politics
Thematic Courses
At least 4 credits
・Analysis of Development Policies and Programs
・Comparative Study of Development Experiences
・Cross-Cultural Communication
・Diplomacy and Statecraft
・Environment, Sustainable Development, and Human Security
・Essentials of Economics
・Global Issues: UNU Global Seminar
・Global Civil Society: Citizenship and Diplomacy
・International Law
・Refugees, Migrants, and Human Security
・Research Methodology
・Security and Strategy: National and International
Regional Courses
At least 4 credits
・American Foreign Policy
・Chinese Foreign Policy
・International Political Economy and Japan’s Development Path
・International Relations and Foreign Policy of Japan
・International Relations in Eurasia
・International Relations in the Middle East
・Japanese Foreign Assistance Policy
・Japanese International Development Cooperation
・Japanese National Security Policy
・Japanese Public Finance and Administration
・Modern Japan in the World
・Postwar Japanese Economy
・Postwar Japanese Politics
・Social Issues in Contemporary Japan: Modern and Postmodern
Core Elective Courses
(Basic Discipline)
At least 8 credits
in total
Political Science
(GSIR Courses)
At least 2 credits
・Comparative Government and Politics
・Contemporary International Security Issues: National & Human
・Foreign Policy Analysis
・Human Rights & Global Justice: Cultures, Gender, & Equality
・Managing Public Organizations
・Public Administration
(GSIR Courses)
At least 2 credits
・Cost Benefit Analysis
・Development Policy and Globalization
・Essentials of Economics
・International Economic Systems and Order
・Macroeconomics I: price Theory
・Microeconomics I: Income Theory
(GSIM Courses)
At least 2 credits
・Financial Accounting
・International Management
・Marketing Management
・Operations Management
・Organizational Behavior
・Strategic Management
Elective Courses Select from among all the courses offered in IUJ (including language courses) in consultation with faculty. The maximum number of credits of language courses which can be counted towards required credit for graduation is 4.
Required Number of Credits for Graduation  40 credits

In addition to the minimum credit requirement for each category mentioned above, students are required to obtain at least 30 credits from the courses which is offered by the school to which they belong.

There are courses which are listed in two different categories. In case students take those courses, the credits taken from them can be counted under each category. For example, “Comparative Government and Politics” is counted as both Core Elective(Basic) and Core Elective(Basic Discipline, Political Science). However, only 2 credits from this course can be counted towards graduation requirements.

Note1) Although “Advanced Seminar I, II and III” are the Core Required courses and students are required to obtain 6 credits from them, only 2 of the 6 credits are counted toward graduation in the research report option while 6 credits will be counted in the thesis option.

Note2) The required number of Core Elective(Basic, Thematic and Regional) course credits differs depending on whether a thesis or research report is to be undertaken.   In the thesis option, 18 credits must be obtained while 22 credits must be obtained in case of a research report option.

Language Courses
English Academic English I, II, III
English for Thesis Writing I, II
English for Professional Communication I, II
Academic English Literacy
Japanese Elementary Japanese I, II, III
Basic Japanese I, II, III, IV, V, VI
Intermediate Japanese I, II, III
Advanced Japanese I, II, III, IV, V, VI