Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy


Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy

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 EBU. 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.