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Master of Arts in International Relations


​​​​​​​​​Program Overview

Dar Al-Hekma University is the first University in Saudi Arabia which offers a Master’s Degree in International Relations (MAIR). The well -structured MAIR program prepares students for success in the world of diplomacy and international relations. It is a two- year program which includes nine core courses that provide students with a strong foundation in both theory and practice of international relations. Students then select a concentration of three additional courses in the specialized fields of international law or international economics. In addition, two free elective courses are offered to enhance students’ understanding in areas such as business and foreign policy. All MAIR courses are taught by a pool of dedicated, passionate, and high-caliber faculty from diverse local and international backgrounds, some of whom teach in international universities and are practitioners in the field. Graduates of the program will be prepared for the exciting new opportunities that are opening up for women in the Kingdom in the field of diplomacy and international relations. For those interested in getting a scholarship, the University offers different types of graduate scholarships​. Students can also get a bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and international relations that the University offers.

Program Mission

​​Graduating professionals with advanced knowledge in the field of international relations within an academic environment that encourages scientific research and community engagement.

Program Goals

  • ​​Graduate qualified students with degrees in international relations work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international law, and international business firms. 
  • Prepare students who intend to pursue further academic studies. 
  • Establish outreach links with the community through lectures and other activities.

Why Choose the​ ​Master ​of Arts in International RelationsProgram ​at Dar Al-Hekma University?

  • The curriculum was developed in collaboration with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston.
  • With wide exposure to international relations and regional issues, students may specialize in one of two tracks, international law or international economics.
  • The Master of International Relations program is enriched by students and diverse international faculty, thus empowering graduates with essential skills to thrive locally and globally
  • Courses in the MAIR program are taught evenings to accommodate working students and are delivered on a modular basis in 3-4-week cycles for each course throughout the semester.
  • In addition to theory-based lectures, students are engaged in research and in practical work in a required internship course usually completed at an international or governmental organization.​​

Graduates’ Attributes

  • ​Knowledgeable of the broad conceptual and theoretical aspects of international relations.
  • Persuasive communicators orally and in writing.
  • Independent and collaborative team players.
  • Capable of making effective decisions.
  • Problem solvers.
  • Capable of producing international relations’ related research.
  • Capable of using technology related to their field.
  • Committed to ethical practices and social responsibility.

​Admission Requirements​

​​​​​ Programs​
​​Linguaskill Score​​
Required ​Bachelor
Pre-Requisite Program
​Othe Admission Requirement
Master of Arts in
International Relations
A Bachelor Degree in
Any Field
Pass Interview

​For further details about admissions, click here 

​Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:


  • Explain how the political, social, economic, and legal institutions function in the international system. ​


  • Use communication skills for both individual and team work as appropriate in the subdisciplines of international relations.
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities using the communication skills and knowledge acquired in the program.
  • Conduct international relations related research on a contemporary topic.
  • Demonstrate the use of technology for research related to the discipline of international relations.


  • Demonstrate ethical conduct in the use of sources and in the workplace. ​

Plan of Study​

​Year One (1)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

INTR 6301Core: Theories Concepts in
International Relations
INTR 6304Core: Comparative Politics3
INTR 6302Core: International
3INTR 6305Core: fundamental
of Economics
INTR 6303Core: International Law3INTR 6306Core: Research Methodology
and Statistics
INTR 6304Core: Processes of
International Negotiations
Total Credit Hours 9 Total Credit Hours 12
Year Two (2)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

XXXX xxxx

Course from concentration choice

3INTE 6304
Core: Interna​tional Political Economy
XXXX xxxx Course from concentration choice 3INTR 6312Core: Research Project3
XXXX xxxx Course from concentration choice 3XXXX xxxx​Free Elective
XXXX xxxx Free Elective 3

Total Credit Hours 12 Total Credit Hours 9

​Career Prospects

The program equips students with the necessary skills that qualify them for a variety of career paths/jobs in the job market and a variety of places where they can excel including, but not limited to:​
  • Government
  • Foreign Affairs
  • International organizations
  • Law offices
  • Multinational corporations
  • Private sector corporations and small businesses
  • Management consultancy
  • Academia
  • Non-profit organizations​

Dr. Caroline Attie

Director - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Business and Law

Key Facts

Program Name

Master of Arts in International Relations

Academic Degree


Credit Hours


Program Length

2 Years

Mode of study

Full time / Part Time

Dr. Caroline Camille Attie

Director, Master of International Relations Program

PhD, History, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA, 1996

MA, Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA, 1988

BA, International Affairs, The American College in Paris (American University of Paris), Paris, France, 1981

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