Diploma Policy for MA in International Relations (International Relations Program)

In order to accomplish the objectives stipulated in the IUJ Graduate School Regulations, as well as the mission of GSIR, International Relations Program (IRP) defines the degree requirements and learning objectives which are necessary to MA in International Relations as follows:

Degree Requirements

  • Enrollment Requirements
    Students are required to enroll for a minimum of two years (six terms) on a degree candidate basis. However, as an exception, students recognized to have achieved distinguished academic performance may meet the requirements within an enrollment period of one to two years.
  • Course/Credit Requirements
    Students are required to complete a necessary number of credits of core elective courses, and elective courses in accordance with the requirements designated by IRP. These amount to at least 40 credits for students opting to write an MA Thesis, or 44 credits for those choosing to write a Research Report.Credits will be given to students who have completed all activities related to the assessment specified in the course syllabus and have a final evaluation score of 60 points or above (out of 100).
  • MA Thesis/Research Report Requirements
    Students are required to complete and submit an acceptable MA Thesis or Research Report under the guidance of supervisors.
  • Final Examination Requirements
    Students who opt to write a Thesis are required to pass a final oral examination conducted by a thesis examining committee. For those selecting the Research Report option, no oral examination is required. The examining committee will determine how to conduct the final examination and the students are required to pass the exam.
  • GPA Requirement
    Students are required to obtain a total GPA of at least 2.5 out of 4.0.

Learning Objectives

The students in the degree program of MA in International Relations are required to:



  • Know the basic knowledge on foreign and security policy making of the states;
  • Understand the global political economy and international economic order and system;
  • Identify instruments and the ways and means to help resolve international conflicts; and
  • Understand the human rights and global justice in conduct of interstate relations


  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge in the field of International Relations;
  • Demonstrate ability to understand the dynamics of international relations;
  • Demonstrate scholarly and critical analysis of international issues; and
  • Demonstrate capability to interact and engage in policy debate on international affairs


  • Apply multidisciplinary approach in policy analysis and evaluation;
  • Contribute to peace, stability and development of international community;
  • Develop intellectually stimulating innovative ideas in policy making; and
  • Equip with skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers in government and diplomacy, international businesses, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations.