Full-Time MBA

MBA/Master of Arts in International Relations

The MBA and MA in international relations degree allows students to complement their business education with the study of the role of ideas, interests, and power in shaping international relations.

Chicago Booth partners with the Committee on International Relations (CIR), where students take theoretical and interdisciplinary courses in international relations and write a master’s thesis tailored to fit their specific interests and career goals. This program requires the successful completion of 2,300 units of course credit (+ LEAD) and an integrated master’s thesis.

Program Structure

Students complete 1,400 units of Booth-only course credit (+ LEAD) and 900 units of CIR-only course credit over a two-year period. Over the two-year period, students complete Booth courses and international relations courses simultaneously each quarter. The summer of their first year of residency, students will complete their business-related internship, and the summer following their second year of residency, they will submit their thesis and graduate.

  Autumn Winter Spring Summer
Year 1 Booth courses Booth courses plus 1 IR course Booth courses plus 1 IR course Business-related internship (if applicable)
Year 2 Booth course(s) plus INRE 4300 or INRE 43900 plus INRE 30000 (required noncredit course) plus 2 additional IR courses Booth course(s) plus INRE 43800 plus INRE 46500 (required non-credit course) plus 2 additional IR courses Booth course(s) plus INRE 46500 (required non-credit course) plus 1 IR course Submit Thesis and graduate


Tuition is assessed on a per-course basis at Chicago Booth rate for all courses for both degrees.

Courses For Booth

Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD)

This course is required of all Full-Time students and is completed during the Fall Quarter of their first year of residency in the program. The course is designed to enhance students’ self-awareness and interpersonal effectiveness by providing them with an opportunity to benchmark themselves with respect to critical aspects of leadership—working in teams, influencing others, conflict management, interpersonal communication, presentation skills, etc. The course also helps students create a personalized plan to guide their continued development at Booth and beyond.

Financial Accounting (select one)

Basic Courses: Financial Accounting

Advanced Alternatives: Accounting & Financial Analysis 1, Accounting & Financial Analysis II, Financial Statement Analysis

Microeconomics (select one)

Basic Courses: Microeconomics, Advanced Microeconomic Analysis, Accelerated Microeconomics

Advanced Alternatives: Topics in Microeconomics Theory

Statistics (select one)

Basic Courses: Business Statistics, Applied Regression Analysis

Advanced Alternatives: Analysis of Financial Time Series; Financial Econometrics; Statistical Insight into Marketing, Consulting, and Entrepreneurship; Data Mining; or any PhD-level statistics

Additional Coursework

600 (of 700) Functions, Management, and Business Environment

500 Electives

Courses for CIR

Students must fulfill the full nine course requirements of the CIR program. To facilitate the writing of the MA paper, students must complete all noncredit CIR courses within one academic year with the MA paper submitted and approved no later than Summer Quarter of said academic year. The noncredit courses are as follows: INRE 30000 Perspectives on International Relations (Fall Quarter only) and INRE 46500 MA Thesis Workshop (both Winter and Spring Quarters only). For detailed information regarding CIR’s curriculum, please visit the program’s website or direct your inquiries to CIR admissions.

Admissions Process

Individuals interested in this joint-degree program need to apply to Chicago Booth during Round 1 or Round 2. There is an additional essay that you will be required to write at that time. We will review your application and then send it to CIR for review. You will find out if you received admission to Chicago Booth at the admissions decision deadline of whichever round you apply. Please note that you will find out if you have been admitted to the CIR program at the Round 2 admissions decision deadline even if you applied for the joint program during Round 1. Admissions decisions are made completely independent of one another. If you have specific questions regarding the CIR program, please reach out to the program’s office.

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