Master of Science in International Relations


Pearson & Rochester (1988) identify that IR studies the relations among states and other political and economic units in the international arena. The areas of study within the field of international relations include: diplomacy and diplomatic history, international law, international organizations, international finance and economics, and communications, among others. In addition, increased attention has been paid in recent years to developing a more scientific understanding of the international system as a whole. International relations has been studied as early as the times of the ancient Greeks as a separate and definable discipline (Mansbach& Vasquez,1981). The rearetwod istinct schools of thought in IR which look to either strengthen international law and international organizations to preservepeace; or emphasizethat the nations will always use their power to achieve goals and sees the key to peace in a balance of poweramongcompetingstates(Morgenthau,1978).

Today, almost 15 Pakistani universities are offering undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in different parts of the country. These programmes include on-site and distance learning courses being offered to the public at large. The universities in Pakistan are offering programmes in IR from undergraduate to graduate level in BSc, MSc, MA, MS, MPhil, and PhD. This indicates that there is ample demand of the international relations as an academic discipline, whereas only 05 universitiesin Islamabad / Rawalpindi are offering international relations programmes. Therefore, CUT can adopt a market-unique strategy for establishing, attracting, and maintaining its courses of action in conducting an MS in IR.

Today, academic institutions understand the significance of studying international relations as a core component formulating research and development furthering the discussion of international system issues. International relations only emerged as a formal academic 'discipline' in 1918 with the founding of the first 'chair' in IR - the Woodrow Wilson Chair at Aberystwyth University. This was rapidly followed by establishment of IR at US universities and Geneva, Switzerland. In the early 1920s, the London School of Economics department of International Relations was founded at the behest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Philip Noel-Baker. The first university entirely dedicated to the study of IR was the Graduate Institute of International Studies (now the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), which was founded in 1927 to form diplomats associated to the League of Nations, established in Geneva some years before. The Graduate Institute of International Studies offered one o f the first Ph.D. degrees in international relations. Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service is the oldest international relations faculty in the United States, founded in 1919. The Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago was the first to offer a graduate degree, in 1928.


Keeping the close view of the national and international demand the MS Program in IR will aim to impart quality education in the field of international relations, with emphasis on research and knowledge generation to provide insight into and assist in issues relating to international studies. The MS program will create an importance of life-long education and the need of professional development and consultancy in this field, in this age of globalization.


The programme is designed to:

  • Contribute to the education of foreign policy-makers and policy analysts, familiarizing them with concepts, theories, methods and principles involved in the formulation of analysis international relations;
  • To prepare future leaders in the context of developing countries in the world and Pakistan in particular; Offer electives to satisfy the need for specialization of managers in a changing environment. The course draws on the disciplines of political science, economics, law, security etc

Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria as approved by BASAR will be applied:

  • a) A 16 years degree, in the relevant field, from an accredited educational institution with First Division (annual system) or CGPA 2.5/4.0 (semester system)
  • b) No third division (annual system) or D grade (semester system) throughout the academic career.
  • c) GAT (General) with 50% marks minimum.

Grading Criteria

Graduate Rules of CUI will be applied.

Scheme of Studies

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