Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy

General

Program Description

The Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy takes place in the heart of Paris, France, at the American Graduate School in Paris (AGS), and is accredited in the US as an affiliated program of Arcadia University.

It is a two-year program, and may also be completed in 18 months on an accelerated track, or over an extended period of time on a part-time basis, with two intakes:

  • Fall semester: Beginning of September to mid-December
  • Spring semester: Beginning of January to end of May

The language of instruction is English; there is no need to speak French to be admitted into the program.

The program takes full advantage of the resources and networking opportunities provided by Paris, which is the ideal location to study international affairs as it hosts many intergovernmental organizations, diplomatic missions, NGOs, think tanks, and international corporations.

An important feature of the Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy is the small class sizes with great student/professor ratio, allowing for personalized attention and interaction with each student.

Another important feature of the program is its multi-cultural character. Both the faculty and the student body come from all around the world, bringing diverse perspectives to the subjects discussed in the classroom.

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Curriculum

The curriculum covers the core disciplines of International Relations such as political science, economics, diplomacy, and international law.

A wide range of elective courses allows you to explore other areas of international affairs and tailor the program to your interests and career objectives. Subjects include Conflict Resolution, NGO Management, Geopolitics, Environmental Politics, Foreign Policy Formulation and Diplomacy, and area studies (Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East).

You may choose to specialize in a particular area of studies and earn an additional certificate of concentration in African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, or Middle Eastern Studies.

In addition, along with the International Relations and Diplomacy coursework, you have the option to take French language courses with the world-renowned Alliance Française, which is a partner of AGS.

Dual degree opportunities

We offer several dual degree opportunities combining the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy with a degree at a partner institution in a complementary discipline. Dual degree options include:

  • US-accredited M.A. in International Service (International Studies track) with American University(Washington, D.C., USA)
  • US-accredited M.A. in Peace and Conflict and Conflict Resolution with Arcadia University (Philadelphia, USA)
  • European accredited Master’s degree in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations with the Université de Paris-Sud (Sceaux, France)
  • European accredited LL.M. in French and European Law with the Law School of Université de Cergy-Pontoise (France)

Careers

The Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy qualifies you for a broad range of international careers. Our alumni work in fields as diverse as international development, human rights advocacy, policy-making, global communications, and man by other areas involving interaction with different countries and cultures.

Last updated Jan 2020

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Our academic programs feature dynamic, hands-on courses of study. In pursuing their chosen areas of expertise students build wide and deep bases of knowledge, explore the globe, make interdisciplinary connections, and develop advanced critical thinking, research, and writing skills. Read less