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Curriculum: M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations

Our 45-credit M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations is centered on a core program of courses, which provide an introduction to international relations theory, diplomacy, research methods, and policy analysis. Students select additional courses drawn from a menu of choices that collectively offer a strong foundation in the key subject areas of international affairs: international security and conflict resolution, international economics and development, international law and organization, and the domestic sources of foreign policy and ethnic conflict. The core requirements of the graduate program culminate in a major research project designed by the student, and a professional internship in the public or private sector. To complete the program, students choose from elective courses covering all areas of international relations, based upon their specific interests and career goals. Students concentrate on two specializations to develop a more detailed understanding of critical global issues and processes. Seven functional specializations and five regional specializations are available.

A comprehensive list of course descriptions can be viewed in the Graduate Catalogue.

The Diplomacy Core (12 credits)

DIPL 6000 International Relations Theory 3
DIPL 6310 Research Methods for Policy Analysis 3
DIPL 6311 Master's Research Project 3
DIPL 7111 Internship 3

Students choose one course from each of the following pairs (12 credits)

DIPL 6001 or
DIPL 6180
Politics of Cultural and Ethnic Pluralism or
Comparative Foreign Policy
DIPL 6002 or
DIPL 6005
International Organizations or
Public International Law
DIPL 6104 or
DIPL 6130
Art and Science of International Negotiation or
International Security
DIPL 6105 or
DIPL 6155
International Political Economy or
Advanced Economic Aspects of International Relations

Specializations (18 credits)

Students choose two specializations and select 3 courses in each.

Functional Specializations include:

Regional Specializations include:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Middle East

Diplomacy Elective (3 credits)
Students may take any 6000 or 7000 level course.