Carnegie Mellon University

Accelerated Master of Science in International Relations and Politics (IRP/AMP)

Kiron K. Skinner, Faculty Director; kskinner@andrew.cmu.edu 
Emily Half, Associate Director of Academic Affairs; ehalf@andrew.cmu.edu, Baker Hall A55B, 412-268-7082

The accelerated Master of Science in International Relations and Politics is open only to Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students.  Students should have a primary major, additional major, or minor in International Relations and Politics, they should have participated in the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program, or they should have special approval from the faculty admissions committee.  Current undergraduates will apply for the IRP/AMP during the junior year. 

In addition to coursework, students are required to complete a summer internship in a related field between the senior year and fifth year.  The internship will allow students to synthesize learning objectives of the program with practical and hands-on experiential learning opportunities.  In the fall of the fifth year, students will enroll in an advanced research methods seminar that will allow students to develop a research plan for the IRP Graduate Thesis in the spring of the fifth year.  By the end of the advanced research methods seminar, students will submit a fully developed thesis proposal.