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International Relations

Oakland University

48 months
24708 USD/year
24708 USD/year
13934 USD/year
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The International Relations program at Oakland University plugs you into a vast network that links our campus to global partners in the Detroit metroplex and beyond. You’ll examine international affairs from multiple angles, including diplomacy, business, foreign aid, national security, environmental politics, and more.


International Relations Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

Oakland University’s location makes it one of the region’s best schools for international relations. We’re located 25 miles from an international border, in the midst of a global business hub that hosts dozens of companies that operate around the world. As a result, our international relations majors have unique opportunities to connect with professionals and organizations in every branch of international affairs.

As a major in the International Relations program at Oakland University you’ll also benefit from:
  • Real-world experience. As an international relations major, you’ll get out of the classroom and into the community for internships, research, volunteer projects, and other hands-on activities. Oakland University has extensive local partnerships with organizations in every aspect of international affairs, including multinational corporations, foreign consulates, international trade bureaus, homeland security agencies, customs and immigration enforcement authorities, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and cultural institutions.
  • Academic flexibility. Our international relations degree integrates coursework from political science, economics, history, and philosophy. You can choose between two specialized tracks (national security/foreign policy, and global justice/sustainability), with the ability to focus the international relations major on a particular industry, country, region, or other point of emphasis.
  • A multicultural campus. Oakland University’s student population and faculty include people from six continents. You’ll spend every day immersed in a diverse community, sharing a range of cultural perspectives and opinions in all your activities (not just your international relations courses).
  • Outstanding faculty. You’ll get plenty of faculty face time as an international relations major, thanks to our small class sizes and attentive instructors. Most courses are taught by experienced faculty (not adjuncts or graduate students) who’ll offer lots of academic support and career guidance.
  • Research and publishing opportunities. International relations majors frequently collaborate on faculty research, receive author credit on published papers, and travel to conferences. In addition, Oakland University is home to the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics, a national honor-society journal that highlights outstanding undergraduate research from around the country.

What can you do with an international relations degree?

The program offers a strong foundation for careers in all areas of international affairs, including:

  • National security
  • International business
  • Diplomacy
  • Public health
  • Trade relations
  • Law enforcement
  • Homeland security
  • Foreign aid
  • Global development
  • Environmental sustainability

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Issues in World Politics
  • The Research Process in Political Science
  • Data Analysis in Political Science
  • International Politics: Theory and Practice
  • Global Macroeconomics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Oakland University admission application. While an essay is optional, interested students may choose to include an essay for consideration
  • Cumulative high school grade point averages of 3.2 or above. Applicants with cumulative grade point averages below 3.2, but above 2.5, may be admitted after consideration of the quality of academic preparation. Scholarship awards are based on a student's academic record at the time of admission
  • SAT or ACT scores are no longer required for the incoming classes, for students with a minimum high school GPA of 2.5
  • Number and types of college preparatory courses
  • Positive trend of grades
  • English language proficiency test score reports

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24708 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 24708 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    24708 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24708 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13934 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13934 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Rochester Hills

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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