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International Relations, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Interested in the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis or the global armed drone debate? Are you passionate about mitigating global climate change or working to stop human trafficking? Want to learn more about the rise of China or the future of the United Nations? These are among many topics you might explore as a major in the International Relations program of Loyola Marymount University.
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What is International Relations?

International Relations is the study of international conflict and cooperation. Students of International Relations examine the world’s urgent and increasingly complex political, economic and social issues: among them human rights, peace and security, international trade, democratization, and economic development. The International Relations program of Loyola Marymount University encourages students to critically evaluate international affairs, and prepares graduates for lives of active global citizenship.

What do International Relations majors do?

International Relations majors pursue an interdisciplinary course of classes, in political science, economics, and history, among others, seeking a holistic understanding of international issues and transnational problems. Majors also develop proficiency in a foreign language and gain firsthand international experience through a study abroad program or an international-focused internship.

Is this major right for you?

You might be an International Relations major if you are interested in:

  • Diplomacy and inter-governmental relations
  • International economics, trade, and business
  • Peace and security studies
  • International law
  • Global health, climate justice, and/or human rights
  • International aid and development
  • Politics of international organizations

About our faculty

Our faculty members are committed to student success, using a variety of teaching methods—from simulations to international research immersion trips to community-based learning— to enhance student learning. In addition, faculty members actively advise students, supporting them in their academic and professional goals. All of the faculty members are engaged scholars, with active research agendas on a variety of issues relating to the social justice mission of the university. They are well-published, and frequently present their latest research at conferences and invited talks in their areas of expertise. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Empirical Approaches to Politics
  • Economics
  • International Security
  • Politics of the Global Economy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Common Application and LMU Supplement
  • International students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT to complete their application to LMU
  • Provide Proof of English Proficiency
  • Submit Transcripts
  • Submit a letter of recommendation with your application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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