The Graduate Institute’s International Relations/Political Science unit offers graduate students two degrees: a Master in International Relations/Political Science, which can be completed through the two-year master’s program or the accelerated master’s/doctoral program; and a PhD in International Relations/Political Science, which can be completed through the four-year PhD program or the accelerated master’s/doctoral program.
As of the 2010-2011 academic year, students who enter at the master’s level can complete both a master’s and PhD degree within five years, through the accelerated master’s/doctoral program. This program has been tailored to transition advanced students into doctoral research after only three semesters. Students with a bachelor’s degree interested in a PhD are encouraged to apply to the accelerated master’s program, as a way station transitioning to doctoral research.
Presently, there are about 60 students in the International Relations/Political Science Unit. Admissions are subjected to specific requirements for both the master’s and the PhD. For further information about admissions and other administrative requirements, click here.