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Top 25 International Relations master's degree programs

According to The College of William & Mary's Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) project's most recent survey of international relations (IR) faculty:

Georgetown University
Andy Nelson / The Christian Science Monitor
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1. The top five

1. Georgetown University Department of Government

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Georgetown offers joint degrees in international relations and a master of science in foreign service through its Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. It was the first to confer a degree in "international affairs."

2. Johns Hopkins University, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies


In addition to its Washington, D.C., campus, SAIS has locations in Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China.

3. Harvard University Kennedy School of Government


The Kennedy School's John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum has hosted speaking events by figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, and George H.W. Bush over the years.

4. Tufts University Fletcher School


The Fletcher School has admitted students from more than 70 countries.

5. Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs


Nearly half of its employed 2010 graduates are working in the private sector: consulting, banking, and business.


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