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

In an increasingly interactive world influenced by state and non-state actors in which governments, peoples, and large varieties of organizations and multinational corporations interact on a daily basis through an enormity of contracts, regulations, laws and procedures, it has become necessary that higher educational institutions stress in their academic curricula the importance of International Law. This concentration in International Law helps students understand the basic different legal systems applied in international relations and the role of International Law in International Affairs.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. 1.Combine and apply advanced knowledge in international affairs with a specialization in international law that gives them added career value;
  2. 2.Illustrate acquired knowledge that will be of special interest to IGOs, NGOs, international banks, and a whole range of MNCs operating on the international stage;
  3. 3.Assemble effective skills in understanding international legal theories and policies and applying those theories and policies in professional practice;
  4. 4.Be able to demonstrate an ability to understand international technical legal terms and write reports and research applying appropriate professional legal terminologies.


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 passing of the EET Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 60 is required, students’ undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum, work experience, letters of recommendation, and 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.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 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.


Major-Related Electives (15cr.)

Choose any five INL courses from those listed in the Catalog.

Free Electives (6cr.)

Choose any two courses from GIR.

Completion Options (6cr.)

Option I: Thesis (INL 699) Option II: 2 Major-related courses and a comprehensive written and oral exam.


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