• CONTENT

    1. Introduction & Accreditation:
    2. Who Should Apply:
    3. Rationale and Aim of the Programme:
    4. Delivery of the Programme:
    5. Programme Structure:
    6. Course Descriptions
    7. Learning Objectives:
    8. Faculty
    9. Assessment:
    10. Application Procedure: To apply, students should submit the following items:
    11. Contact
    12. License
    13. Accreditation & Equivalency of Qualification:

     

    1. Introduction & Accreditation:

    The M.A. in International Relations was developed in the context of globalization and democratization and designed to meet the needs of the international community, working professionals and students.

    Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and aptitude to pursue a variety of careers within the global arena. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

    • understand the theory and practice of the international political system,
    • engage in the process of formulating and implementing foreign policy,
    • demonstrate their expertise as a result of completing a thesis or portfolio.

    The program has been designed to accommodate the needs of working professionals and students (full- and part-time). The teaching model strives to give students sufficient time to reflect upon the content of their courses and to engage more effectively in independent study. In so doing, each of the program’s courses will be delivered in four extended alternate weekends. The weekend mode provides students with ample opportunity to read course materials before their classes begin and prepare for interactive weekend sessions.

    UNYT’s M.A. in International Relations programs, Level 7 of the European Framework of Qualifications, is accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Albania (Decree No. 170, dated April 20, 2012) and students who complete the program’s requirements are awarded an UNYT degree, equivalent to a Master of Science in the Albanian system of HE.

    2. Who Should Apply:

    The M.A. in International Relations program seeks to recruit students currently possessing undergraduate and graduate degrees from a multitude of disciplines including, but not limited to, anthropology, business, computer science, economics, English, law, political science, international relations, psychology, and sociology. Second, the program strives to attract experienced working professionals (with backgrounds in politics, diplomacy, public administration, law, and international business) who are enthused by the prospect of further enhancing their professional development, and cultivating their professional expertise or specialization.

    The UNYT M.A. in International Relations program will also be equipped to accommodate those students with undergraduate and graduate degrees who anticipate pursuing professional careers in the international community (for example, positions with international organizations such as NATO, the European Union, INGOs, or NGOs) or political careers in Albania, neighbouring countries, and the Balkans at large. As a consequence, the UNYT M.A. in International Relations program has two primary target audiences: (1) an academic-oriented student body that anticipates pursuing doctoral studies (beyond the terminal master’s degree level) in international relations, and (2) a career-minded student body that intends to further enhance its professional development. Hence, the UNYT M.A. in International Relations program, collaborative and inter-disciplinary by nature, will draw heavily upon expertise and courses from the law and LL.M. programs on the UNYT campus, within the NYC Educational Group, and throughout the diplomatic and development community within Tirana and its environs.

    3. Rationale and Aim of the Programme:

    In the context of globalization and democratization, the M.A. in International Relations program is designed to meet the needs of the international community, working professionals and students. The M.A. in International Relations program offers students a unique opportunity to take part in an innovative degree that juxtaposes international relations theory to “hands on” applied experience with domestic and transnational actors in the international community at large. Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and aptitude to pursue a variety of careers within the global arena. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

    • understand the theory and practice of the international political system;

    • engage in the process of formulating and implementing foreign policy;

    • and highlight their prowess and acumen as critical readers, writers, and thinkers as a result of completing a thesis or portfolio (independent study).

    4.Delivery of the Programme:

    4.1. Program Title and Award:

    M.A. in Int’l Affairs. This is equivalent to a “Master of Science” after the provisions of the Law No. 10307 / 22.07.2010 “On Certain Changes and Addenda on the amended Law No. 9741 / 21.05.2007 ‘On Higher Education in the Republic of Albania’”.

    4.2. Award:

    Master of Arts in International Affairs.

    4.3. Mode of Study:

    F/T & P/T.

    4.4. Duration of Study:

    F/T: 2 academic years; P/T: 3-4 academic years.

    4.5. Professional Standing of Award:

    No professional standing in a regulated profession.

    4.6. Medium of Instruction:

    Classroom instruction will be delivered in English.

    4.7. Admission Requirements:

    • Applicants may have a Bachelor’s degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences or in related disciplines. Applicants of an undergraduate background other than in Political Science or International Relations are required to successfully complete a comprehensive foundations program.
    • Applicants who are non-native English speakers will be obliged to take the TOEFL exam (earning a minimum score of 550).

     

    4.8. Graduation Requirements:

    • Successful completion of at least 60 American credits distributed in the approved fields of core courses and optional courses, in accordance with the students’ individual degree programs.
    • Maintaining a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.33 or higher.
    • Successful completion of a Master’s Thesis / Dissertation OR an Internship and Portfolio.
    • Evidence to convince the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Council that the aims, objectives and curricular requirements of the degree program have been assessed thoroughly and found to be accomplished.
    • Submission of a Clearance Form.
    • Submission of an official English Language Aptitude Certificate awarded by an international tester equivalent to the C.1. level in the European Framework of Language Qualifications [in line with the provisions of the Ministry of Education’s Directive No. 14 / 28.03.2011].

    5. Programme Structure:

    The program structure is comprised of core, concentration, area focus, as well as elective courses. Throughout the program, students will pursue (off-campus) the study of two foreign languages – one Western European (though English qualifies, students are encouraged to pursue the study of another language) and one area-specific. The final stage of the program is demarcated by taking a comprehensive exam and submitting either a thesis or a portfolio (the latter connected to participation in an internship.

    5.1. Program Credits Distribution

    5.2. Course Distribution Schedule

    5.3. Learning Structure:

    5.3.1. Core Courses
     5.3.2. Concentration Courses
    5.3.3. Concentration Courses
    5.3.4. Elective Courses
    5.3.5. Foreign Languages
    5.3.6. Comprehensive Exams
    5.3.7. Thesis or Internship & Portfolio

     

    6. Course Descriptions

    6.1. Core Courses

    6.2. Concentration Courses

    6.3. Regional Focus Courses

    6.4. Elective Courses

    7. Learning Objectives:

    Learning is achieved through the right combination of directed reading, lectures, workshops, tutorials and peer learning! Overall, the approach to teaching, learning and assessment of the modules offered and leading to the Master awards is tuned to the needs of course participants to acquire appropriate knowledge and skills that will develop them further both as profesionals and academic students. Because most students are by tradition exposed to their own educational and cultural background, emphasis is placed on the acquisition of relevant learning skills that will enable them to adjust to a multicultural academic environment, so that they can complete their studies successfully and obtain the awards.

    The development of an independent learning culture will be achieved through:

    7.1. Intellectual Skills: The program strives for the cultivation of the following intellectual skills:

    • The art of persuasion, conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation procedures and strategies.
    • The ability to evaluate, analyze, synthesize and apply legal and statutory provisions in local, regional and global governance.
    • The capacity to analyse international affairs in a comparative manner, whereby students routinely address historical and topical issues in the international political system from a multiplicity of vantage points—domestic, regional, and international.
    • The aptitude to evaluate the merits of utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, whereby students explore the social, cultural, historical, political and economic factors that influence and inform foreign policy decision-making processes in a dynamic, rather than static, international political system.
    • A sense of commitment to the cultivation and development of critical research, writing, analytical, and communication skills (in a multimedia-informed manner).
    • The ability to analyse national, regional, and global consequences of foreign policy, as well as formulate public policy and implementation processes.
    • How to write, deliver (and subsequently publish) scholarly papers at conferences, symposiums, and workshops in local, national, regional, and international settings, and also to actively engage in the process of social networking.
    • How to interact with a wide array of international organization, INGOS and NGOs, in order that students may supplement and complement their knowledge of the field of international relations (arguably from an abstract and theoretical perspective, as suggested by the classroom setting) with a more “real world” or practical and policy-oriented approach—beyond the environs of a classroom setting.
    • Engage in service learning projects that enable students to “give back” to their national, regional, and international communities at large, as well as appreciate their prospective roles as individual members of the European Union, and undertake their respective personal responsibilities as citizens of the global village.

    7.2. Subject Practical skills:

    • Upon successful completion of this program students will be capable of:
    • Articulating and comprehending the underlying nuances between various IR theoretical paradigms and schools of thought
    • Participating and interacting with members of local, regional, national, and international communities at large
    • Engaging in the process of formulating and implementing foreign policy
    • Highlighting their prowess and acumen as critical readers, writers, and thinkers as a result of completing a thesis or portfolio (independent study)
    • Writing, delivering, and subsequently publishing scholarly works as a result of their active participation in a series of conferences, symposiums, and workshops
    • Communicating their ideas, thoughts, and writings effectively in English—in an aural and written manner – as a result of their active participation in mock debates, symposiums, simulations, and conferences.
    • Utilizing their theoretical conceptualization of the international political system in applied settings as a result of their “hands-on” experience cultivated during their internship and the research and writing processes of their respective theses or portfolios
    • Selecting the appropriate research design (whether it be qualitative, quantitative, or a combination thereof) for IR research projects
    • Formulating and routinely testing a set of hypotheses for IR, foreign policy, and public policy-related research projects
    • Assembling focus groups, conducting surveys and opinion polls, and creating questionnaires for a multitude of sample populations
    • Interpreting and articulating their research findings as a result of their thesis or portfolio submission, and subsequently making scholarly contributions to the fields of political science, international relations, or other related disciplines
    • Having the power to see themselves  as prospective leaders and managers in the international community as a result of coursework pertaining to diplomacy, negotiation and mediation, conflict resolution, organizational behaviour, leadership, and human resource management strategy
    • Enhancing and honing their leadership and managerial skills through regular exposure to applied problem-solving, role-playing, and experiential learning situations.
    • Furthering their studies at the post-graduate (doctoral) level in programs pertaining to the fields of international relations, political science, or other related disciplines.

    7.3. Transferable/ key skills: Upon completion of the M.A. in International Relations program, students will be able to:

    • Express themselves in written (memorandum, research papers, book reviews, analytical essays, for example) and oral (such as keynote speeches, mock debates, in-class discussions) communication in a manner befitting second-year graduate students on the brink of pursuing further post-graduate studies or accepting professional employment opportunities within the international political system.
    • Conduct a comprehensive research project independently
    • Engage in team-building, leadership, and group exercises with fellow students, colleagues, and prospective employers
    • Articulate and highlight their respective qualifications for employment within local, regional, and global sectors
    • Participate in public and foreign policy formulation and implementation processes
    • Comprehend the underlying IR theoretical paradigms, and apply the appropriate IR concepts and principles in local, regional, and global settings
    • Appreciate and compare interdisciplinary approaches utilized in foreign and public policy-making processes
    • Select the appropriate qualitative, quantitative, or hybrid qualitative and quantitative research design for an IR, foreign policy, or public policy project in question
    • Interact, in a confident and professional manner, with members of the local, regional, and global communities as transnational, multilingual arbiters and agents of social change.

    8. Faculty

    9. Assessment:

    A variety of assessment tools will be utilized including, but not limited to, in-class discussion and mock debates, reaction papers pertaining to assigned readings and book reviews, oral and written exams (in-class open book analytical essay exams, closed book essay exams, and take-home exams), research papers, literature reviews and annotated bibliographies, research design (qualitative or quantitative methodological projects), oral presentations (individual and group). Assessment is linked to the learning outcomes of each course and informs the learning process.

    The grading scale used in this program is provided further below. Appendix 2 details what extenuating circumstances (impeding a student from sitting an exam or completing another assessment) are considered to.

    9.1. Performance on the M.A. in International Relations program will be graded with a letter grade.
    9.2. Attendance Policies
    9.3. Academic Standing
    9.4. Grading Scale and Grade Point Average
    9.5. Academic Standing
    9.6. Incomplete Grades
    9.7. Failure
    9.8. Limitations
    9.9. Examinations and Make-Up Exams
    9.10. Grade Reports and Grade Changes
    9.11. Withdrawal and Interruption of Study 
    9.12. APPEALS

     

    10. Application Procedure: To apply, students should submit the following items:

    • An application form.
    • A certified copy of their Bachelor’s degree and/or other related qualifications.
    • CV.
    • A brief rationale essay.
    • Two (2) letters of reference.
    • Certification of English Language Aptitude (otherwise students should sit the institutional diagnostic test).

     

    For more information on applications and admissions, please contact Ms. Fiorela Cekaj at fiorelacekaj@unyt.edu.al.

    11. Contact:

    Dr. Ilir Kalemaj Ph.D

    Chair of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences Department

    Director of the International Relations Master Program

    Coordinator of Political Science/International Relations Undergraduate Program

    University of New York Tirane

    Rruga Kodra e Diellit, Selitë

    1046, Tirana, Albania

    E-Mail: ilirkalemaj@gmail.comikalemaj@unyt.edu.al

    http://www.unyt.edu.al

    12. License

    [VKM Nr. 939, date 03.09.2009, Fletorja Zyrtare e Republikës së Shqipërisë, Nr. 142, p. 6456]

    13. Accreditation & Equivalency of Qualification:

    UNYT’s M.A. in International Relations programs, Level 7 of the European Framework of Qualifications, is accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Albania (Decree No. 170, dated April 20, 2012) and students who complete the program’s requirements are awarded an UNYT degree, equivalent to a Master of Science in the Albanian system of HE.

  • Handbook MA in IR Cohort 7 Nov 23 2017
  • InternationalAffairs
  • M.A. in International Relations

     

    COURSE SCHEDULE – COHORT 7, 2017-2019

    To accommodate working professionals without compromising academic standards the courses will be delivered based on the following fashion: Fri. 17:30-21:30, Sat .09:30-13:30 & 14:30-18:30, Sun. 09:30-13:30 & 14:30-18:3.

    The current one has the outlook of an executive MA though which suits working professionals and the ones who travel from other cities.

     

    Nr Date Course Faculty
    1 Dec. 1-3 & 15-17, 2017

    Jan. 12-14 & 26-28, 2018

    International Relations – Theory and Practice (C 1) Dr. Ilir Kalemaj (FT)
    2 Dec. 1-3 & 15-17, 2017

    Jan. 12-14 & 26-28, 2018

    Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods in I.R. (C 2) Dr. Eltion Meka (FT)
    3 Feb. 9-11 & 23-25, 2018

    Mar. 9-11 & 23-25, 2018

    Comparative Politics (C 3) Dr. Ermal Hasimja (FT)
    4 Feb. 9-11 & 23-25, 2018

    Mar. 9-11 & 23-25, 2018

    Transformation of the International System (C 4) Dr. Adam Ehrlich (FT)
    5 Apr. 6-8 & 20-22, 2018

    May 4-6 & 18-20, 2018

    Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis (C 5) Dr. Ada Huibregtse (FT)
    6 Apr. 6-8 & 20-22, 2018

    May 4-6 & 18-20, 2018

    E.U. Integration and Transatlantic Relations (C 6) Dr. Alketa Dumani (PT)
    7 June 1-3 & 15-17, 2018 International Organizations & Institutions (SP 2) Dr. Eltion Meka (FT)
    8 June 29-30-July 1 & 13-15, 2018 European History and Civilization (RF 1) Dr. Adam Ehrlich (FT)
    9 Sept. 1-3 & 14-16, 2018 Geopolitics of the 21st Century (SP 3) Prof. Dr. Fatos Tarifa (FT)
    10 Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 12-14, 2018

    Oct. 19-21; & 26-28, 2018

    The Culture of Diplomacy: Theory & Practice (SP 1) Prof. Fatos Tarifa (FT)
    11 Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 12-14, 2018

    Oct. 19-21; & 26-28, 2018

    E.U. Democracy Promotion (RF 2) Dr. Eltion Meka (FT)
    12 Nov. 9-11;16-18; 23-25 & Dec. 7-9, 2018 Classical and Modern Political Theory  (E 1) Dr. Ermal Hasimja (FT)

     

    13 Nov. 9-11;16-18; 23-25 & Dec. 7-9, 2018 Ethnicity and Nationalism (E 2) Dr. Ilir Kalemaj (FT)
    14 December 2018 – May 2019 Master Thesis Full time staff
    15 June 2019 Graduate Conference Ilir Kalemaj

     

     


    Schedule of Courses

     

     

     

    C 1 = Int’l Relations: Theory & Practice

     

    C 2 = Quant. & Qual. Res. Methods in I.R

     

    December

    2017

    Friday

    1

     

     

    C 1

    Saturday

    2

    Sunday

    3

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 2

     

    C 1

     

    C 2

     

    C 1

    December

    2017

    Friday

    15

     

     

    C 2

    Saturday

    16

    Sunday

    17

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 1

     

    C 2

     

    C 1

     

    C 2

       
    January

    2018

    Friday

    12

     

     

    C 1

    Saturday

    13

    Sunday

    14

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 2

     

    C 1

     

    C 2

     

    C 1

    January

    2018

    Friday

    26

     

     

    C 2

    Saturday

    27

    Sunday

    28

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 1

     

    C 2

     

    C 1

     

    C 2

     

    C 3 = Comparative Politics

     

     

    C 4 = Transformation of the Int’l System

    February

    2018

    Friday

    9

     

     

    C 3

    Saturday

    10

    Sunday

    11

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 4

     

    C 3

     

    C 4

     

    C 3

    February

    2018

    Friday

    23

     

     

    C 4

    Saturday

    24

    Sunday

    25

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 3

     

    C 4

     

    C 3

     

    C 4

       
    March

    2018

    Friday

    9

     

     

    C 3

    Saturday

    10

    Sunday

    11

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 4

     

    C 3

     

    C 4

     

    C 3

    March

    2018

    Friday

    23

     

     

    C 4

    Saturday

    24

    Sunday

    25

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 3

     

    C 4

     

    C 3

     

    C 4

     

    C 5 = Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis

     

     

    C 6 = E.U. Integration & NATO Enlargement

    April

    2018

    Friday

    6

     

     

    C 5

    Saturday

    7

    Sunday

    8

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 6

     

    C 5

     

    C 6

     

    C 5

    April

    2018

    Friday

    20

     

     

    C 6

    Saturday

    21

    Sunday

    22

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 5

     

    C 6

     

    C 5

     

    C 6

       
    May

    2018

    Friday

    4

     

     

    C 5

    Saturday

    5

    Sunday

    6

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 6

     

    C 5

     

    C 6

     

    C 5

    May

    2018

    Friday

    18

     

     

    C 6

    Saturday

    19

    Sunday

    20

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    C 5

     

    C 6

     

    C 5

     

    C 6

     

    SP 2 = International Organizations & Institutions

     

     

    June

    2018

    Friday

    1

     

     

     

    SP 2

    Saturday

    2

    Sunday

    3

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
    SP 2 SP

    2

    SP 2 SP 2

     

     

    RF 1 = E.U. History & Civilization

     

    June

    2018

    Friday

    15

     

     

     

    SP 2

    Saturday

    16

    Sunday

    17

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
    SP 2 SP 2 SP 2 SP 2
    June-July

    2018

    Friday

    29

     

     

     

    RF 1

    Saturday

    30

    Sunday

    1

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
    RF 1 RF 1 RF 1 RF 1
    July

    2018

    Friday

    13

     

     

     

    RF 1

    Saturday

    14

    Sunday

    15

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
    RF 1 RF 1 RF 1 RF 1
     

    SP 3. Geopolitics of the 21st Century

     

     
    September

    2018

    Friday

    1

     

     

    SP 3

    Saturday

    2

    Sunday

    3

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    SP 3

     

    SP 3

     

    SP 3

     

    SP 3

    September

    2018

    Friday

    14

     

     

    SP 3

    Saturday

    15

    Sunday

    16

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    SP 3

     

    SP 3

     

    SP 3

     

    SP 3

     

    RF 2 = E.U. Democracy Promotion

     

     

    SP 1. The Culture of Diplomacy

     

    September

    2018

    Friday

    28

     

     

    RF 2

    Saturday

    29

    Sunday

    30

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    SP 1

     

    RF 2

     

    SP 1

     

    RF 2

    October

    2018

    Friday

    12

     

     

    SP 1

    Saturday

    13

    Sunday

    14

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    RF 2

     

    SP 1

     

    RF 2

     

    SP 1

       
    October

    2018

    Friday

    19

     

     

    RF 2

    Saturday

    20

    Sunday

    21

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    SP 1

     

    RF 2

     

    SP 1

     

    RF 2

    October

    2018

    Friday

    26

     

     

    SP 1

    Saturday

    27

    Sunday

    28

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    RF 2

     

    SP 1

     

    RF 2

     

    SP 1

     

    E 1 = Classics and Modern Political Theory

     

     

    E 2 = Ethnicity & Nationalism

     

    November

    2018

    Friday

    9

     

     

    E 1

    Saturday

    10

    Sunday

    11

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    E 2

     

    E 1

     

    E 2

     

    E 1

    November

    2018

    Friday

    16

     

     

    E 2

    Saturday

    17

    Sunday

    18

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    E 1

     

    E 2

     

    E 1

     

    E 2

    November

    2018

    Friday

    23

     

     

    E 1

    Saturday

    24

    Sunday

    25

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    E 2

     

    E 1

     

    E 2

     

    E 1

     

     

    December

    2018

    Friday

    7

     

     

    E 2

    Saturday

    8

    Sunday

    9

    09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30 09.30-13.30 14.30-18.30
     

    E 1

     

    E 2

     

    E 1

     

    E 2

     

     

    Disclaimer: UNYT reserves the right to modify this tentative schedule on an as-needed basis, provided that students concerned are notified, save extraordinary circumstances, with at least a month’s prior notice.