by Harsh Mahaseth

Over the past few decades, Indian law graduates have been seen to make a jump to the area of International Relations. Both of the subjects, law and international relations, are interconnected and this combination does open up numerous avenues for such individuals.

While applicants tend to look at the top 5-10 universities of the world and apply to them for their postgraduate studies, here are five schools worth considering for a career in International Relations.

Fletchers School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 

The Fletchers School of Law and Diplomacy is the graduate school of international affairs of Tufts University. It is the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States. The multidisciplinary approach to international relations by the Fletcher School prepares students for leadership roles that cover markets, frontiers and sectors. 

The alumni from the school are really strong with them representing the highest level of leadership in the world. The strong alumni base and future job prospects easily make this University one of the top preferences for most of the applicants.  

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 Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University 

RSIS is a Nanyang Technological University Graduate School, one of the leading universities in the world. Ranking 11th in the world, it has also been awarded the best young university in the world in the last six years. Its main campus has also been called among the world’s most stunning.

The MSc (International Relations) program at Nanyang Technological University offers an integrative set of courses which aim to equip students with the ability to understand theories of international relations and develop their own concepts for dealing with real-world situations.

This Master’s degree program is taught by the best faculty and would also help you connect with several international organizations within Asia.

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Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Harvard University has a Master of Public Policy program in which there is an option to focus on international and global affairs. Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government includes this option which is specifically targeted at students seeking to join the ranks of international policy organizations.

The faculty also includes former presidential advisors.

This Master’s would help in gaining valuable insights into today’s pressing global issues and a deeper understanding of the factors that affect relationships between nation-states and supranational organizations.

Not to mention the endless number of opportunities for students to work along with the University and also outside the University on projects, assistantships, and internships. 

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Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University 

The Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) awarded its first graduate degree in the early 1920’s. Since then, thousands of graduates have applied to leadership positions in various fields of international relations based on the values-led training they received at the Academy. SFS Master’s alumni include global leaders, diplomats, international corporate executives, high-ranking military officers, innovators in growth, award-winning reporters and advocates of human rights.

SFS has been designing creative pathways to higher education for technical careers in international relations for nearly a century now. 

Located in the heart of Washington D.C., the students learn from academics and professionals at the top of their professions and also get the opportunity to network, intern, and even work with for global events. 

The unprecedented opportunities provided to the students have actually helped the University gain the  #1 ranking in 2018 for this Master’s program.

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London School of Economics and Political Science

Considered as one of the best Universities for their Master’s in International Relations, the London School of Economics and Political Science has a broad range of courses on offer, also including the opportunity to focus on a particular region.

With an illustrious alumni base and deep rooted connections with various international organisations, financial institutions, corporations, etc. LSE is considered to be one of the best places if you want to pursue a career in International Relations.

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(Harsh Mahaseth is a consultant at Amicus Partners)

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