Executive M.S. in International Affairs


Program Description

Designed with the mid-career professional in mind, the School of Diplomacy's Executive M.S. in International Affairs offers the training needed to develop additional skills in diplomacy and international relations within a reduced course sequence. The program builds on students' demonstrated knowledge of international affairs and prior relevant work experience. It provides a unique level of flexibility for global-minded professionals looking to advance their careers, including military officers, international business specialists, returned Peace Corps volunteers, foreign diplomats and more.

M.S. students benefit from one-on-one career advising through our dedicated Office of Professional Services, a myriad of networking opportunities with visiting world leaders, and a close-knit alumni community.

The ten-course Executive M.S. curriculum can be completed in a single year full-time, including summer sessions, or through part-time study. The option to take some courses online is also available and allows for the program to be completed in a hybrid format.


  • 16 Annual professional development workshops.
  • 13 Specializations.
  • 30 Minutes to New York City.
  • 110 Graduate Students.


As a diplomacy student, you'll have the opportunity to take classes and complete professional projects with former ambassadors, United Nations officials, practicing judges and attorneys. Your classroom experience will hone your skills in areas such as policy analysis, negotiation and conflict management, and professional writing while helping you build expertise in one or more specialized fields or world regions.

The ten-course program curriculum is fully customizable to meet each individual's current interests and future needs. Through a series of six electives, M.S. students can pursue functional as well as regional specializations, or explore a variety of topics relevant to their career goals.

Our 30-credit Executive M.S. in International Affairs offers students 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.

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 up to two specializations to develop a more detailed understanding of critical global issues and processes. Seven functional specializations and five regional specializations are available.


Equipped with knowledge, skills, and experience, Diplomacy alumni are making an impact around the world. Our graduates can be found at the conference tables of international diplomacy serving as diplomats or international civil servants; in the corridors of government handling issues of commerce, security and intelligence; in the meeting rooms of international companies dealing with pharmaceuticals, finance, insurance and communication; and in the field working as program officers for humanitarian organizations.

Last updated August 2019

About the School

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