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MA International Relations: Global Governance and Social Theory

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    The "MA International Relations: Global Governance and Social Theory" is offered jointly by Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Bremen.

The substantive focus of our MA program in International Relations (MAIR) is the analysis of politics beyond the nation state. This research topic is examined from a global governance and an international political sociology perspective, looking at enduring processes of globalization, internationalized conflict, and increasing cross-border activities. The emphasis on these two perspectives and the explicit integration of general social theoretical questions is a unique feature of the MAIR. Students participate in a small, relatively specialized, and academically rigorous, all English degree program.

The program is offered jointly by Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Bremen. Jacobs University was founded in 1999 as the first private international research university in Germany. The University of Bremen is a public institution and one of Germany’s youngest and most active research universities. Both universities have particularly strong positions in the field of international relations and political science. The study is thus linked to an attractive research environment. Continuation on the PhD track in Bremen is possible after completion of the MAIR program.

Key Facts

Start date: First week of October

Duration: 2 years full-time

Tuition fee: None

Application: 1 December through 1 February

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Program evaluation

The MAIR has been re-accredited until September 2026 without any conditions.

The external reviewers stressed the combination of global governance and social theory as one of MAIR's unique features. The official report of the quality assurance system also highlighted that the Master program has produced excellent and broadly qualified alumnae and benefits from its highly motivated students and its committed and flexible faculty.

We are very happy about both the re-accreditation and the praise. However, we will stay committed to improving the program's quality. Together with our faculty and students, we will regularly evaluate and improve the quality of teaching, the overall curriculum and community activities. Among our instruments of quality management are the General Assembly (taking place each term), the MAIR Joint Commission and teaching evaluations.

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