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

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The mission of the Master of Arts (MA) 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 prepare them for a multitude of career options, locally, regionally, and internationally. The MA also aims to graduate researchers who are able to pursue doctoral studies.


Program Educational Objectives

The MA program in 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 MA 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 BA in Political Science, Public Administration, International Affairs and Diplomacy, International Law, or other related fields.

Successful passage of the EET Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 60 is mandatory. Additionally, students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Factors such as work experience, letters of recommendation, and motivation for a career and leadership are all considered. The faculty may necessitate the GRE exam for non-NDU students, and non-major applicants may be required to complete the following prerequisite courses.

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

Graduation Requirements

Students seeking an MA in GIR must meet the University graduation requirements and complete one of the following two options of course work in addition to a comprehensive written and oral examination, or successful completion of 30 credits course work and 6 credits thesis. The minimum passing grade of a graduate course is “C.” Students in graduate studies are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all courses taken for graduate programs with no more than 2 “Cs” per program.
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