MA in International Relations and Diplomacy
The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) offers a two-year Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy taught in Paris, France. The language of instruction is English ; there is no need to speak French to be admitted. This program is accredited in the United States as an affiliated program of AGS’s partner institution Arcadia University (Pennsylvania, USA).
The M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS prepares students for a wide range of careers in international affairs, including intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, government, diplomacy, international business, journalism, and academia.
An important feature of this program is its multi-cultural character. The French setting of the school, the American system of education, and the diverse faculty and student body all combine to create an international environment and enhance the international experience of students. In addition, as one of the world capitals and the host to many intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and international corporations, Paris offers the ideal setting to study international relations.
The curriculum blends an academic approach (emphasis on research and theory), with a professional approach reflected in the integration in the curriculum of practical courses taught by practising diplomats and of an internship counting toward the degree.
The core courses cover the multiple core disciplines of International Relations : political science, economics, international law, international organizations, and diplomacy. In addition, a wide range of electives allows students to explore other areas of international affairs.
Along with the International Relations and Diplomacy coursework, students have the option to take French language courses and receive a diploma of French language studies (DELF) recognized in Europe.
In order to graduate, students in the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy program are required to take the following courses from the list below :
• Seven required courses
• Five elective courses (of which two must be area courses)
• Two thesis seminars
List of courses
AGS-R01 : Factors and Theories of Analysis in International Relations and Diplomacy
AGS-R02 : Research Methodology and Design
AGS-R03 : Foreign Policy Formulation and Diplomacy
AGS-R04 : International Public Law
AGS-R05 : Current Economic Problems and Policies
AGS-R06 : International Organizations
AGS-R07 : Current Issues in International Relations
AGS-E01 : Geopolitics and Geopolitics of Religion
AGS-E02 : Strategy and Conflict Resolution
AGS-E03 : Cultural Development and Awareness
AGS-E04 : Global Communications, Media and International Affairs
AGS-E05 : International Trade, Banking and Finance
AGS-E06 : Theory and Origins of Global Conflict
AGS-E07 : Principles of Economics
AGS-E08 : Beginnings of the Contemporary Political Order
AGS-E09 : Anthropology and Politics
AGS-E10 : Post-Modernity and International Relations and Diplomacy
AGS-E11 : Comparative Politics
AGS-E13 : Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy
AGS-E14 : International Environmental Politics
AGS-E16 : Extreme Crisis Situations, Government and Media
AGS-E17 : Gender, Militarization and War
AGS-E18 : NGOs: An International Perspective
AGS-E19 : NGOs: Principles and Management
AGS-E99 : Internship
Elective Area Courses
AGS-EA10 : Central and South America
AGS-EA21 : European Foreign Policies
AGS-EA22 : The European Union and the World
AGS-EA23 : Russian Politics
AGS-EA30 : A History of the Modern Middle East
AGS-EA31 : Conflict in the Modern Middle East
AGS-EA40 : Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa
AGS-EA41 : The Scramble for African Resources
AGS-EA50 : South and Central Asia
AGS-EA60 : East and Southeast Asia
AGS-T01 : Thesis Tutorial
AGS-T02 : Thesis Seminar
Students must meet the following requirements to earn the AGS’s US-accredited Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy :
• Having successfully completed the curriculum with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
• Having performed the research, writing, and defense of a 25,000- to 35,000-word thesis
• Having attained a pre-intermediate level of French language by graduation.
Internship for Credit
AGS students have the opportunity to do one or two internship as part of their Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy program. Internships allow students gain hands-on practice, explore career paths, and make useful professional contacts.
Each internship is for one semester, and provides three credits if monitored by the school’s internship director.
In order to help students in their internship search, AGS has developed regular agreements with a network of organizations, benefitting from its Paris location and the nearby presence of embassies, diplomatic missions, governmental agencies, NGO's, multi-national private corporations, etc. However, please note that students are responsible for finding their own internship.
Some examples of organizations where AGS students have interned in the past include : the United Nations, the OECD, Time Magazine, L’Oréal, Publicis, various embassies in France, various NGOs and humanitarian agencies in Paris….
Optional Certificate of Concentration
Students may specialize in one of the following fields and obtain a Certificate of Concentration in addition to their M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy:
• Certificate of Concentration in African Studies
• Certificate of Concentration in Middle-Eastern Studies
To obtain their Certificate of Concentration, students must meet the following specific requirements in addition to the general Master’s degree requirements:
• Take two courses related to the area of concentration of their choice within their general International Relations curriculum
• Complete a specific reading list provided, under the supervision of the Concentration supervisor
• Pass a comprehensive exam on the subject
• Focus the topic of their Master’s thesis on their area of concentration
• Although this is not required, students are encouraged to do an internship in their area of concentration
Additionally, extra-curricular meetings, events and visits relating to the area of concentration are organized.
These two concentrations are compatible with other options offered in the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS, such as the dual programs or the semester abroad in the US (see below)
The American Graduate School in Paris offers a number of dual programs allowing students to earn two degrees in partnership with other institutions. Some of these double-degree programs take place entirely in France, while others feature some time in the US.
Dual Program in International Relations and Diplomacy / Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiation
While studying for their M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS, students may take additional courses at Université Paris-Sud 11 and earn two Master's degrees in two years:
- A U.S.-accredited M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from AGS
- A Europe-accredited Master's degree in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiation from UPS 11
This dual program takes place entirely in France, in the Paris area. It requires having an intermediate level of French language by the beginning of the second year of the program in order to follow the courses in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiation.
Dual Program in International Relations and Diplomacy / International Law
Through a partnership with the Université de Cergy-Pontoise Law School, students who complete AGS’s International Relations Master’s program and four additional preparatory courses in International Law (offered at AGS), may be admitted into a one-year LL.M. program in French and European Union Law at the Cergy-Pontoise University, alllowing them to earn two degrees in three years:
- A U.S.-accredited M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from AGS
- A Europe-accredited LL.M. (Master of Laws) in French and European Union Law from Université de Cergy-Pontoise
This double-degree program takes place entirely in France, in Paris and in the greater Paris area. Both parts of the program are taught in English.
Dual Program in International Relations and Diplomacy / International Peace and Conlict Resolution
AGS offers a dual Master’s program in partnership with Arcadia University. Students in this dual program spend three semesters in Paris, France, at AGS, and three semesters in the United States, at Arcadia University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and earn two American Master’s degrees:
- A US-accredited Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from AGS
- A US-accredited Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University
Each program individually would normally take two years to complete. However, through this joint program, students may earn both degrees in three years. The two portions of the program are both instructed in English.
Optional Semester in the U.S.
As an option, full-time students in the M.A. of International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS have the opportunity to spend one of the four semesters of the program in the United States, at AGS's partner institution Arcadia University (Glenside, Pennsylvania).
Students who choose this option take courses in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at Arcadia as a replacement for some of the courses in the AGS curriculum.
There is no additional tuition fee for this option ; however, students are responsible for funding their own transportation and housing.
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