Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF LAW & POLITICAL SCIENCE | Department of Government and International Relations | Master of Arts in International Affairs & Diplomacy | NDU

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The mission of the M.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy is to provide advanced university training in the broad academic field of international affairs and diplomacy and to graduate highly specialized students and equip them with theoretical and practical training that will professionally prepare them for a multitude of career options, locally, regionally, and internationally. Further, the M.A. degree aims at graduating researchers who are able to pursue doctoral studies.


Program Educational Objectives

The M.A. program of International Affairs and Diplomacy is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge in international affairs and diplomacy, national Foreign Service, and contemporary political and economic issues. It offers a variety of courses in international relations, comparative government, international organizations, international law, and draws on some courses in economics and business.

Program Learning Outcomes

Candidates who successfully complete the M.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy will:

  1. 1.Be able to engage in in-depth analysis of international relations and the advanced IR theories that explain those relations and help analyze their directions and effects;
  2. 2.Be able to demonstrate skills as specialists or researchers in careers of national or international domains;
  3. 3.Demonstrate the ability to go on for advanced doctoral studies in wide areas of concentrations in international affairs or diplomacy;
  4. 4.Be able to pursue careers with a variety of international organizations.


Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, applicants should have a B.A. in Political Science, or Public Administration, or International Affairs and Diplomacy, International Law, or other related fields.

Successful passing of the EET Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 600 is required (p. 66 general catalogue), students’ undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum, work experience, letters of recommendation, motivation for a career and leadership are all taken into consideration. The Faculty may require the GRE exam for non-NDU students, and the following prerequisite courses may be required of non-major applicants.

  1. 1.M.A. in Political Science: IAF 211, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition;
  2. 2.M.A. in Public Administration: PAD 201, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition;
  3. 3.M.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy: IAF 211, IAF 321, POS 201 or equivalent by petition;
  4. 4.M.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy - International Law Emphasis: IAF 211, IAF 401, POS 442.

Graduation Requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.A. in GIR must meet the University graduation requirements and complete one of the following two options with a G.P.A. of at least 3.0/4.0: 36 credits of course work in addition to a comprehensive written and oral examination; or Successful completion of 30 credits course work and six credits thesis.
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