Information for International Relations Graduate Students

The International Relations departmental forms, procedures, prerequisites, and local requirements found on this page apply to any student seeking an Austrian accredited degree and are authorized by the Vienna Campus Academic and Site Directors.


Graduate Thesis:

Departmental Policies

Public Defense: Graduate thesis students are required to participate in a public defense of their thesis before a faculty panel. The public defense is not a requirement for undergraduate student theses.

References: The International Relations Department recommends that students use the APA style (American Psychological Association) which uses the author-date system. See below for some examples:

  • Journal Articles: Hopkins, D.J. (2010). Politicized Places: Explaining Where and When Immigrants Provoke Local Opposition. American Political Science Review, 104 (1), 40-60.
  • Books: Ambrose, S.E. & Brinkley, D. (2011). Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy since 1938, New York, NY: Penguin Books.
  • Chapter in a Book: Jervis, R. (2011). The Remaking of a Unipolar World. In G. J. Ikenberry (Ed) American Foreign Policy: Theoretical Essays (pp. 118-126), Boston, MA: Wadsworth.
  • Paper Presented at a Conference: Pollak, J. & Schubert, S.R. (2011, September). Realism, Energy and International Conflict: Why the Struggle for Power is Still the Name of the Game. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
  • Website: Fisher, I. (1930) The Theory of Interest. New York, NY: McMillan. Retrieved from http: //

Consult the APA style website for an introduction.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend all class sessions of their courses. In the case of unavoidable absence, the student must contact the instructor and provide written documentation. The student is subject to appropriate academic penalty for incomplete or unacceptable makeup work, or for excessive or unexcused absences.

Excused absences—based on submitted documentation—must not exceed four class sessions when the course meets twice a week and two class sessions when the course meets only once a week. If there are more absences, academic penalty (as for the unexcused absences) applies automatically. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the course. Otherwise, s/he has to accept the grade resulting from missed attendance, missed tests, etc.

In the case of unexcused absences, the instructor can lower the student's grade by one letter grade and inform the student of the action if a student misses several class sessions (equivalent of 4 hours for an 8-week course and 6 hours for a 15-week course). If a student misses 6 hours for an 8-week course and 9 hours for a 15-week course, the instructor can assign the grade of F and inform the student of the action. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the course.

For information on university policies regarding cheating, etc. please click here. We, as a department, respect the high quality of our students and expect them not to cheat.