MBA/MA in International Relations

The Master of Business Administration / Master of Arts in International Relations (MBA/MA in IR) is offered as a dual degree, administered jointly by the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and the Questrom School of Business.  This dual-degree program is designed to meet the needs of students seeking careers in international affairs where the focus is on research and analysis, such as administrative management, international affairs, consulting, international banking, or finance.

Students in the dual international relations program have access to vibrant centers for study and research, such as the Global Economic Governance Initiative and various interdisciplinary regional studies centers and institutes.

  • Number of credits: 80
  • Program length : 5 semesters
  • Full-time or Part-time: Both full- and part-time basis
    • Please note, if you would like to complete the program on a part-time basis, many Pardee School classes are only available during the day.
  • Deadlines to apply:
    • Two Year MBA: Round 1- October 14, Round 2- January 6, Round 3- March 23
    • Professional Evening MBA (January start): September 16, October 14
    • Professional Evening MBA (August start): October 14, January 6, March 23

Students must successfully complete 80 credits to earn the MBA/MA in IR, including 32 credits toward the MA in International Relations and 40 credits toward the MBA. The remaining eight credits required for the degree are free electives and can be chosen from the graduate-level course offerings of either the Pardee School or Questrom.

Students spend their first semester and most or all of their second semester taking management courses at Questrom. The School’s Graduate Programs Office can help students to understand which courses should be taken during those two semesters.

The 32 MA credits include a core of three courses, five IR electives; a language requirement; and a research or policy paper and oral defense thereof. Complete details on the IR portion of the degree program can be found on the Pardee School website.


While students are enrolled in both the MBA and MA degree programs, they pay only one full-time tuition charge each year. For summer course, students pay per credit. If a student exceeds 18 credits in a given semester, he or she will be charged additional tuition.

Financial Aid

All dual degree MBA/MA candidates are automatically eligible for the merit based scholarships from the Questrom School of Business. For more information please visit the Questrom School of Business’s Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Applicants interested in the joint MBA/MA in International Relations must submit completed applications to both the Graduate College of Arts and Sciences and the Questrom School of Business at the same time. Please note that there will be two separate admission decisions, one by the Pardee School and the other by the Questrom School of Business.

Please see the application process page for the Graduate College of Arts and Sciences and the Questrom School of Business for more information. Regardless of the deadline you choose to meet, if not yet enrolled in Boston University’s MBA program, please be sure to submit your applications to each school at the same time. To view required essays and the admissions checklist for the Questrom School of Business, visit the Admissions Process page.

Contact Maya Howe, dual degree liasion, in the Questrom School of Business at (617) 353-2670 or contact the Pardee School at (617) 353-9349 for program-specific questions.