Diploma Policy for MA in Political Science (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 Political Science 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 Political Science are required to:



  • Learn the methods used in the field of Political Science;
  • Understand the basics in governance such as public administration, public service, local government, and political institutions and comparison thereof;
  • Become knowledgeable in the subfields of Political Science (such as comparative politics, foreign policy, international law, international politics, political economy, and political theory); and
  • Acquire the knowledge about thematic, regional, or focused issues in the field of or relevant to the field of Political Science


  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge in the field of Political Science;
  • Demonstrate ability to understand complex issues in political science;
  • Demonstrate scholarly and critical analysis of political issues; and
  • Demonstrate capability to interact and engage in policy debate on political issues


  • Apply multidisciplinary approach in policy analysis and evaluation;
  • Contribute to the development of peaceful and stable political institutions;
  • 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.