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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ONLINE IN NUMBERS

In the following document, we offer you an impression of our graduates and current students from the M.A. program International Relations (IR) Online. Find out who studies our program, what students are doing after graduation, and the impact M.A. IR Online had on their career.

The data has been extracted from our alumni survey which was conducted in October 2011. Of the 528 alumni from all the CGP programs (International Relations Online, East European Studies, Seasonal Schools and German Studies Russia) that we contacted, about 41 % responded. We have added demographic figures and data of our current IR Online students.

To put this survey in a nutshell: IR Online attracts high potential students from all around the world and helps them advance their career goals. Furthermore, our students regard the CGP and IR Online to be outstandingly trustworthy. Almost all alumni say that they would recommend us to a friend.

Who Studies IRO?

  1. Nationality

    IR Online attracts students from all around the world. Since the inception of the program in 2006, students of 49 different nationalities have studied IR Online. 60% of the 180 IRO students come from Western Europe, about 40% are students from Germany, others come from North America (16%), the Middle East (8%), Eastern Europe (6%), Africa (4%), Asia (4%), South America (2%), and Australia (1%). We are happy to welcome such internationally-diverse groups to join our program.

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Our students come from around the world

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Nationalities of IR Online Students

  1. Gender

    IRO has an even balance of women and men across our programs. Since 2012, 46% of IRO students have been female.

  2. Occupation Status

    The M.A. International Relations Online is designed for high potential students who want to kick-start their career in the field of international relations. A majority of  IRO alumni – 75% - is employed full-time. About 11% are self-employed and 7% are either employed part-time or are part-time students.

  3. Current Professional Position

    IRO students explore diverse career paths. Whereas most students are employed in the business sector (24%) and in the Foreign Service (20%), we also have students working in administration, governmental agencies, education, military, NGO´s, development organizations, and the media.

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    Current Professional Positions of IR Online Students

  4. Professional Level
    Our alumni are aspiring professionals with different occupational backgrounds. Most of our graduates hold a middle management position (58%). The second largest group of alumni works as analysts and/or in entry level positions (23%), and about 19% hold senior management positions. Since IR Online students usually worked before joining our program, we have no trainees or interns participating in this survey.

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    Current Professional Positions of IR Online Students

  5. Career Expectations 
    The survey shows that our program helps our alumni to advance their career. A good indicator is the number of promotions that IR alumni received after graduation. Nearly 40% of our graduates have been promoted – 19% of them even twice.
    We also asked our alumni if IR Online has met their career goals. Regarding the content of our program, 41 % said they were “very satisfied”, and 48 % said they were “satisfied”. Only 11 % remained “neutral”.
    When asked about the analytical skills of our program, 81 % said they were “very satisfied” or “satisfied”, 15 % said they were “neutral”, and only 4 % said they were “not satisfied”.
    Two thirds of our graduates also said, that they were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the networking potential of our program while 26% remained “neutral” and 7% said they were “not satisfied”.
    We are confident that we will improve on this aspect, especially via our intensified alumni network.

  6. Income level
    Regarding income level, students of the M.A. International Relations are the most successful in comparison to all other CGP programs. In 2010, the majority of IR alumni earned $50,000 or more (46%). A quarter of our alumni earned between $25,000 and $35,000 (25%), 21% earned between $15,000 and $25,000, and 8% earned between $35,000 and $50,000.

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    Average salary of IR Online Students in 2010

  7. Our letter of recommendation
    Lastly, the result we are most proud of is that an impressive majority of all survey participants (96%) said that they would recommend the CGP program they participated in to a friend. 


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Students' Voices

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LatviaJānis Bērziņš

"On the day I applied for the International Relations online Master's program offered by the Center for Global Politics, I had already worked in the Foreign Affairs sector for 4 years. As I wrote my application letter to the Free University of Berlin I remember struggling, because I believed that I had gathered sufficient experience in the field. However, it turns out I was mistaken. The first week"
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"On the day I applied for the International Relations online Master's program offered by the Center for Global Politics, I had already worked in the Foreign Affairs sector for 4 years. As I wrote my application letter to the Free University of Berlin I remember struggling, because I believed that I had gathered sufficient experience in the field. However, it turns out I was mistaken.

The first week of in-house classes clearly demonstrated that I lack a large amount of information and base knowledge for me to even to begin appreciating and evaluating the things that are happening in the world.

Especially courses such as International Relations Theory and the Introduction and Tools course, felt to me like I had been sleepwalking in my field for those first 4 years. Only now after having graduated from the CGP, I can truly appreciate what I still continue to love doing in my professional life.

I learned to ask the right questions, to write concise reports and above all to evaluate any one event from at least three theoretical perspectives, thus providing for a clearer analysis of actions and the motivations behind them. This has been recognized beyond the grades on the transcript. Over the past 2 years since graduation I have received three promotions and am constantly given top priority tasks. Participating in and graduating the master's program has helped me in my professional career and continues to do so.

To sum up, a simple answer to "would I do it again" is "yes". The program has made me more humble towards the things I think I know, has helped me grow as a person and as a professional, and above all, when I look back at the program and the events that transpired - I always seem to smile."

Students' Voices

28052013-tagesanzeiger
Erika Burri
is a journalist by training and studies IR Online. Have a look at what she writes about the booming MOOC development (in German).
 

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