Interested in the Class of 2020?

CIR’s distinctive strengths are its diverse multidisciplinary faculty and cutting-edge one-year graduate training program. Further, CIR students have access to UChicago’s extensive array of professional development resources, on-campus research and policy institutes and programs, and overseas centers. In March, we will again be taking a dozen students to Delhi and Mumbai for 10 days to meet a variety of Indian IR thinkers and doers. Professional development treks in Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC continue to expose our students to research professionals in globally minded careers. We plan to further expand these fully-funded opportunities in the coming academic year.

By taking most courses alongside doctoral students and writing a Masters thesis that requires original research, our students develop skills and experience appropriate for both doctoral study and professional careers in international relations. Among many achievements of note, three current CIR students are completing their graduate studies under the prestigious Boren Fellowship for language study in Japan, Senegal, and Tajikistan. Students who applied to PhD programs last year have now matriculated at such distinguished institutions as Columbia, Princeton, UChicago, and UCLA. Program alums are also working in government agencies, the private sector, and NGOs.

This year, our cohort is majority-female, and as we look to recruit next year’s students, we remain committed to offering substantial resources to support CIR's diverse student body through generous scholarship aid and the ability to waive application fees. We encourage all students interested in IR to consider our program.

Interested students are encouraged to join one of CIR’s "Prospective Student Information Session" webinars on Thursday, December 5.  We will go live at 1 pm and 7 pm CST to accommodate prospective students from around the world. Sign up for your invitation.

For further information about the program in general and how to join our webinars, please contact E.G. Enbar, who leads MA Student Affairs for CIR, at or by phone at 773.702.8312.