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Master of Arts in International Affairs and Diplomacy - International Law Emphasis

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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

In an increasingly interactive world influenced by state and nonstate 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 MA 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 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.


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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