The dynamics of the contemporary international environment, complex and interconnected as it is, presents an array of challenges for policy analysts, decision makers and scholars alike. This situation is especially relevant to the Middle East and Mediterranean regions as areas fraught with chronic tension, domestic and international conflict, and which face several acute social and economic issues.
Against this backdrop, the new graduate program in Diplomacy Studies is intended to elucidate the role of diplomacy as a main vehicle and mechanism for systematically addressing the broad cluster of issues that affect the entire region, and which can no longer be effectively dealt with exclusively from a narrow unilateral or bilateral vantage point.
The program is primarily intended for practitioners who are employed in a range of public and private international, transnational and multilateral organizations, as well as for future diplomats, researchers, and academics abroad and in Israel.
What you will study
The focus of the program is such that it will bring to the fore the fundamental role of collaborative diplomatic mechanisms and as such is designed to provide students with new insights, concepts, and analytical tools for fully understanding the enhanced functions of diplomacy in this new setting. The program is intended to enable students to identify effective solutions for a broad range of political, cultural and economic issues with which they will be faced, and for their continued involvement as bureaucrats, officials and decision makers in the context of complex negotiating situations and policy implementation.
The one-year program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October to August. Exceptional students wishing to apply to the thesis track will need, upon acceptance, to submit a research thesis within one year of completing their coursework.
Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded an MA in Political Science, with a specialization in Diplomacy Studies from the School of Political Sciences and the Division of International Relations.
Alexandru Ilie, Romania - International MA in Diplomacy Studies- 2016-2017 Cohort:
"Beyond the amazing multiculturalism, the Diplomacy Studies program also has amazing professors and offer great theoretical analysis and presentations of issues while sharing their practical and first-hand experience with us. The professors are amazing and offer great classes!"
"While on the Taglit-Birthright Israel program, I had the chance to travel to Haifa and experience how life is in a city filled with history that promotes diversity and multiculturalism. Ever since then I wanted to come to Haifa, so I went I discovered the chance of joining the University of Haifa and to get my MA in Diplomacy Studies I immediately applied."
"During my first month at the University of Haifa I discovered a diverse group of friendly people and great faculty with a lot of experience that is very engaging and gives students all the needed information in order to help them succeed in their goals."
About the School
The University of Haifa is the leading university in Israel in the fields of humanities, social sciences, marine research, and education. It is home to 7 faculties, 8 schools and 72 research centers.