Program Description

The International Relations program at Webster Vienna prepares students for leadership and service in the international diplomatic, professional, and academic communities. Led by a team of internationally recognized researchers, lecturers, and scholar-practitioners, students examine great powers politics, humanitarian issues, and the dynamics of the international political economy, learning how to employ competing theories, methods, and approaches.

Coursework provides exposure to the key subfields of the discipline and relevant issues such as International Security, European Integration, EU-Asia Relations, Terrorism and Energy Security. The program can help prepare students to compete for work with a governmental agency, an intergovernmental organization, a nongovernmental organization, or a multinational corporation. This program is also recommended for students planning to pursue a PhD or an academic career at another institution.

Degree Requirements

The 36 credit hours that are required for the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with a major in International Relations must include all Core Courses and minimum of 5 Cluster and 2 Elective Courses:

*Effective entry term Fall 1, 2016 all Vienna students are obligated write a thesis (INTL 6250). The thesis has to be written in the two consecutive, final terms, it counts as two courses (2 x 3 credits hours).

Note: the International Relations curriculum at Webster Vienna Private University differs in some aspects from other Webster campuses due to Austrian accreditation requirements. Find the general Webster University curriculum here.


Core Courses


*Effective entry term Fall 1, 2016 all Vienna students are obligated write a thesis (INTL 6250). The thesis has to be written in the two consecutive, final terms, it counts as two courses (2 x 3 credits hours).


Comparative Politics

(select 1-2)

International Politics

(select 3-4)


(select 2-3)

Electives can be chosen from any International Relations Cluster Course options (Comparative Politics / International Politics) not used to satisfy the given requirements, or from any pre-approved courses from other departments, such as:

**Needs approval by the Vienna International Relations Department Head. Please note that students need to fulfill several conditions before they start their internships or field work if they want to gain credits.
If the requisite course is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major.
The required courses and electives listed in this core may be taken as directed studies, subject to the conditions stated in the Directed Studies section under Academic Policies and Procedures.

Faculty - International Relations

Dr. Franco Algieri
Associate Professor and Head of Department

Dr. Jozef Batora

Joachim Honeck, MA

Katharina Neumann, BA
Department Coordinator

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Pollak
Professor of Political Science and Director of WVPU

Dr. Anatoly Reshetnikov
Assistant Professor

Mag. Ralph Schöllhammer, MA

Dr. Samuel R. Schubert
Assistant Professor and Associate Director of WVPU

Active in 2020 - 2021

Aner Barzilay, PhD
Topics in Modern European History

Dr. Elina Brutschin
Methods of Political Inquiry
Advanced Research Methods

Dr. J. Werner Druml
International Affair

Univ.-Ass. Mag. Dr. Marcel Fink
Comparative Politics

Dr. Eric Frey
International Political Economy

Mag. Gerlad Garber
Introduction to Political Argumentation and Debate

Dr. Sandra Goldstein
Middle East Area Studies

MMag. Dr. iur. Ralph Janik, LL.M.
International Law

Dr. Monika Mokre
Politics of Development
Refugee and Migration Movements

Prof. Iver B. Neumann, PhD
War and Diplomacy

Mag. Dr Dieter Reinisch MRes
The Age of Total War: Europe 1890-1945
Contemporary Europe: 1945-Present

Dr. Astrid Reisinger Coracini
International Law