We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for an international relations degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,860 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

29% above average compared to other degrees

$ 27,896 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

39% above average compared to other degrees

$ 44,619 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

38% above average compared to other degrees

What do international relations graduates earn?

International relations students make an average of $73,306 per year after graduation. This is 10% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

21% of international relations graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 73,306 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 68% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

2% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular international relations schools in the US

There are 756 schools in the US that offer a international relations degree. The international relations schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-San Diego, University of California-Davis and New York University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in international relations per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Northeastern University$49,497
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398

Top US schools for an international relations degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering international relations degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Harvard University5%$48,949
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Pomona College8%$51,075
Brown University8%$53,419
University of Chicago9%$56,034
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
United States Military Academy10%$null

Cheapest US schools for an international relations degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an international relations degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
Sacramento City College$1,104
Chabot College$1,138
Solano Community College$1,140
Santa Monica College$1,142
Merced College$1,150
Gavilan College$1,166
Mission College$1,189
Berkeley City College$1,230
Cabrillo College$1,268


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