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Does anybody know school ranking for International Affairs M.A. or Ph.D Programs, or a place to find them? Do such things really matter. Or howabout a guide to I.R. and related degree programs across the US, or internationally?

I am thinking about applying to two different schools, one is a newish program at a respected school, the other an apparently rigorous program with lots of theory and an impressive history of scholars and bright classmates, but at a smaller institution with (possibly) less name recognition. So, I'm looking for some outside opinions.

Also, how many of you folks are in I.R.-related programs, or thinking about it? Thanks for all responses!
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Date:October 1st, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! this is exactly what I was looking for.
Date:September 29th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm studying for a Bsc in International Relations at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, now in my second year. We certainly have masters programs here and it's the oldest IR school in the world. Currently we have Andrew Linklater, Ian Clark, Nick Wheeler, Jenny Edkins (although she's on sabbatical this year) and Hidemi Suganami on the staff, among numerous other well-knowns. Dunno if that helps but thought perhaps Aber might be where you were referring to with the second place you mentioned. ^^
Date:September 29th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'm studying for an MSc in Global Politics at the London School of Economics. The course kind of bridges the gap between comparative politics and IR.

It really depends on what you want to do with it. If you want to go into academia, then choose an institution that combines name-recognition with provision of courses that you are interested in. For IR, it's very important to study in a place where you are interested in the lecturers' points of view. A lot of American universities focus heavily on realism and liberalism. If you want to work in international affairs, then you have to study at Johns Hopkins or Georgetown to get a top job.
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Date:September 29th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
I'm getting my masters at Creighton University. A new program but it is AMAZING! I love it.
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Date:September 30th, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
My sister did a masters of international relations at university of wollongong in australia and it was fairly ok. she kinda got screwed around a little with a major essay tho so she has a bitter memory of it.. :P
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Date:January 29th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
I'm currently going through my postgraduate studies in Intercultural Management, with International Relations as a free subject.

Really good course, although more orientated on NGO's and international development.

The columns/posts I write on my LJ are inspired by their courses...
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