Schiller International University’s Master in International Relations and Diplomacy offer students the opportunity to become agents of change in international relations. This rigorous master’s program, hosted at our Heidelberg, Paris, Tampa Bay, and Distance Learning Campuses, challenges students to develop an in-depth understanding of international affairs and international diplomacy. Graduates can move on to careers in government, business, journalism, and more.
Applicants to this program must have foreign language skills to at least an intermediate level, along with considerable prior coursework in international relations and politics. See the course catalog for complete admissions requirements.
The curriculum of our MA in International Relations and Diplomacy covers subject areas such as:
- Peace, conflict, and negotiations
- International economics
- International law
- Human rights
- Trade, resources, and international business
Students analyze current issues in the field within their historical and cultural contexts, producing research-based writing, participating in debates, and gaining practical training in negotiation and mediation of conflicts. The program’s various locations, in the heart of international activity, offers students ample opportunity for enrichment.
The Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy is an academic program that prepares students not only for careers in the foreign service, in intergovernmental organizations, or international businesses but also in such fields as journalism, non-governmental watchdogs or NGOs, foreign policy think tanks and academic research. The program combines problem-solving, structural analysis, project development, and management with a comprehensive theoretical and critical examination of the political, cultural, legal, and socioeconomic practices that make up our increasingly interdependent and complex world.
Because the political and economic problems central to foreign relations today invariably transcend national boundaries, the international agenda encompasses technological, religious, ethno-linguistic, and humanitarian concerns, as well as the more traditional area of diplomatic activity. Drawing from multiple fields including finance, law, history, philosophy, and theology, this program is decidedly interdisciplinary.
Entry to the program requires a Bachelor of Arts degree, or its equivalent, with a major concentration in either political science or international relations and diplomacy, and with one year of undergraduate economics and at least the intermediate level of one foreign language. Students lacking economics, international relations or political science courses will be required to complete these courses at SIU. Students who do not have the requisite proficiency in a foreign language must complete this requirement before graduation from the MA program.
In addition to the graduation requirements for all graduate students, candidates for the Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy must complete a minimum of 36-semester credits (12 courses) at the graduate level composed of the courses listed as follows, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Graduate students must also successfully complete a comprehensive master’s thesis.
Graduates of the MA in International Relations and Diplomacy program will be able to:
- Demonstrate working knowledge of several subfields of the discipline.
- Utilize strong research skills.
- Critically analyze international events and issues.
- Apply theories of international relations to the practice of international affairs.
- Demonstrate effective written, oral and online communication skills.
- Develop the requisite skills to seek employment relevant to the field.
Offered at the following campuses:
Heidelberg, Paris, Tampa Bay, and Online
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