Why Choose BU?

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BU offers an exciting and fulfilling educational experience. There are many reasons to choose a BU education.  Here are just a few!

World-class Faculty

Our faculty is composed of both academics and practitioners, including former ambassadors, cabinet ministers, and intelligence officials.  They are dedicated to their students, and they bring their extensive real world experience into the classroom.

Pardee School faculty are widely published and highly regarded in their fields.  Whether it is Kevin Gallagher being interviewed on international economic issues, or Adil Najam commenting on global environmental concerns, Pardee School faculty are in the news and making an impact in the field.

Our 30 plus faculty includes experts on a wide range of IR fields.  Check out our faculty listing to learn more about the broad expertise that we offer our students.

Flexible & Challenging Programs

The Pardee School provides graduate students with a rigorous, multidisciplinary education. We offer a dynamic curriculum that invites students to take classes from a variety of different departments, drawing on BU’s broad-based strengths.

The Pardee School at BU IR offers nine unique MA degree programs, giving us the flexibility to meet your educational and career needs.  Our students can also complete certificate programs in African Studies and Asian Studies.

Our students take courses not only in the International Relations, but in a wide range of related disciplines, including History, Sociology, Environmental Science, Communications, Political Science, and Religion.

Inter-university arrangements enable our students to take a portion of their coursework at other Boston area schools, such as Tufts University and Boston College, opening up the great academic resources of the Boston area.

Our small class sizes (almost all graduate level classes are capped at 25 students or less) allow for a personal educational setting and enable professors to engage with and challenge their students.

BU’s study abroad programs provide students with the opportunity to spend time in diverse and exciting places, such as Geneva, Switzerland; London, England; and Beijing, China.

Community of Scholars

At BU, you will be joining a dynamic community of scholars.

Students in the Pardee School engage in cutting-edge research on a wide variety of IR topics.  Go here to read about some of the exciting research our students have been doing.

Our active Graduate International Relations Student Council (GIRC) builds our student community and gives students the opportunity to interact with faculty outside of the classroom, through our Dinner with a Professor series and other activities.

The GIRC also sponsors an annual graduate research conference, with an annual theme pertinent  to contemporary issues in the international community.  Information about the conference can be found here.

In addition to the Pardee School itself, BU boasts a range of centers and institutes that bring speakers to campus and foster research. Among the institutes that sponsor events of interest to Pardee School students are:  the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, the African Presidential Archives & Research Center, the Center for Global Health & Development, BU Global Development, the Center for the Study of Asia, and the Center for IR.

Exciting Careers

Pardee School alumni have careers in a diverse range of fields, from government agencies to private companies, here in the U.S. and throughout the world.  See what some of our former students are doing now.

The City of Boston

Boston boasts a wealth of world-class cultural resources, from museums and historical sites to storied sports teams.

The Museum of Fine Arts (free to BU students) is among the most comprehensive art museums in the world while the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops are nationally acclaimed classical orchestras.  The New England Aquarium as well as nearby whale watch tours offer an intimate look at marine nature, and the Museum of Science provides a fun exploration of a wide range of science related topics.

History buffs will delight in the Freedom Trail, a walking tour of colonial Boston, and other historic sites, such as nearby Plimoth Plantation.

The famous Italian North End offers a variety of traditional and contemporary Italian eateries.  Other neighborhoods of the city abound with a range of culinary options drawn from diverse ethnic palettes, sure to delight anyone’s gastronomic sensibilities.

Boston is home to celebrated teams in all major US sports,  including the Red Sox (who play just a 5 minute walk from the BU campus), CelticsBruins, and Patriots.  Boston’s sports teams are among the best in the nation and are regular national title contenders.

Beyond the city itself, New England offers a broad array of leisure activities.  You can stroll the sand dunes of Cape Cod, ski the mountains of New Hampshire, or explore the summer mansions of Gilded Age industrial giants in Newport, Rhode Island.  Whatever your tastes, there is plenty to do in New England.

Visit BU

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