M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy

AGS’s Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy is a two-year program that provides you with the knowledge, skills, and contacts to pursue a high-level career in international affairs, whether in government, intergovernmental organizations, nonprofit, or the private sector.

The curriculum offers a rigorous and stimulating examination of the interaction between States and non-state actors at an international level, through a multi-disciplinary scope covering political as well as cultural, historical, economic, social, legal, and humanitarian aspects, with constant updates to include the most current international issues.

A US-accredited program in France for an international experience

The program takes place in Paris and is accredited in the United States through Arcadia University, Pennsylvania. The language of instruction is English; no knowledge of French is required to enroll - you then have the opportunity to learn French along with your coursework.

Classes take full advantage of the ideal location for the study of International Relations and Diplomacy that Paris represents, with numerous guest presentations by professional practitioners, site visits, and other events that represent as many opportunities for you to get exposed to – and connected with – the many diplomatic missions, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, think tanks, and multinational corporations that the city hosts.

Another unique aspect of the program is the diversity of perspectives infused in the classroom. Faculty members, like students, represent many different national origins, from the United States to India, to Iran, Israel, Venezuela, Germany, the UK, and others. This combined with the seminar-style format of the classes and interactive teaching methods of the school makes for enriching and horizon-broadening class discussions.

A rigorous yet flexible curriculum

Required courses cover the core subjects of international relations theory, economic policy, international public law, foreign policy formulation, and methodology. A broad range of electives is available to explore other areas of international affairs such as NGO management, environmental policy, gender issues, geopolitics, conflict resolution, and area studies: Middle-East, Africa, Asia, Europe.

In your second year, you can choose between two alternative tracks depending on your particular interests and goals: the Research Thesis track and the Foreign Policy Paper track, both of which qualify you for a career in international affairs, each through a specific approach.

The Research Thesis track emphasizes academic thoroughness, while also incorporating practice-oriented approaches to fully prepare you for the professional arena.

This track includes the research and writing of a Master’s thesis, which is an original academic work dealing with an important topic of International Relations chosen by the student in coordination with the school. Through the thorough research and writing involved in the thesis process, you will form a specialization in an area of your interest, as well as strengthen your ability to conduct and achieve a substantial and rigorous project.

The Research Thesis track is reserved for students who can demonstrate strong writing abilities. It is particularly recommended for students who may be considering undertaking a Ph.D. degree in the future (it is required for those wishing to take the combined M.A./Ph.D. program at AGS.)

The Foreign Policy Paper track emphasizes applied skills pertaining to foreign policy-making, while also covering the academic foundations of the discipline.

This track includes a Foreign Policy tutorial taught by a former Ambassador. This tutorial, which spreads over the two years of the program, includes seminar-style classes as well as a monitored internship, and culminates in the production of a Foreign Policy paper featuring in-depth examination of a chosen issue of international relations, followed by actionable policy recommendations to address that issue.

Both tracks lead to the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy degree.

Additional options allow you to tailor your Master's program around your particular interests and career goals.

Degree Requirements

In order to obtain the degree of Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Having successfully completed the curriculum (42 credits) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
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  • Having attained a pre-intermediate level of French language by graduation (1 on the ALTE scale, A2 on the CEF scale French Language Proficiency Level Scale).
    Note : to help you meet this requirement, AGS offers optional French language courses with its partner institution Alliance Française Paris-Ile de France (more information here).

  • Additional requirement for the Research Thesis track : having completed a 25,000 to 35,000-word thesis complying with the academic standards set forth by the school.

  • Additional requirement for the Foreign Policy Paper track : having completed a monitored internship (also available as an elective in the Research Thesis track) and a Foreign Policy paper.

Additional Program Options


While in the Master’s program, you have the opportunity to perform an internship in a Paris-based organization: diplomatic/consular mission, intergovernmental organization, NGO, multinational corporation news media outlet or another type of relevant international institution.

Internships are a requirement for the Foreign Policy Paper track. They are optional in the Research Thesis track, where they can be pursued either for credit (then counting as a an elective course in the curriculum) or not for credit. In all cases, you may benefit from AGS’s guidance and support for internship placement. (Note that in all cases, the student is ultimately responsible for finding his/her internship.)

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Area Concentrations

You may specialize in a particular area of international affairs and obtain, in addition to your M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy, a Certificate of Concentration in your area of specialization. Area Concentrations Available:

  • African Studies

  • Asian Studies

  • European Studies

  • Middle Eastern Studies

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Dual degree programs

As an M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy candidate, you have the opportunity to apply for one of our dual programs in order to earn a second degree in a complementary discipline: Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiation, French and European Union Law, Peace and Conflict Resolution.

You do not need to decide on any of these options before you start the program, as you will have the possibility to apply while in your first or second semester.

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Study Abroad

You may spend one of the semesters of the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy program abroad, doing coursework at one of AGS's partner institutions. Options include the United States, Italy, and the Philippines. Note that these options are available only to students in the Research Thesis track (with the exception of a summer program at UC Berkeley Extension.

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Combined M.A.-Ph.D. program

AGS offers a combined M.A.-Ph.D. program per the American model. The combined M.A.-Ph.D. program allows you to credit the required courses toward both degrees simultaneously. Ph.D. candidates having done their M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS would therefore not have to take the required courses again, but would only have to take seven elective courses of the Ph.D. program. Note that admission into the Ph.D. program is not automatic and should be approved by the Academic Committee.

Accelerated 18-month program

You have the option to complete the program in three semesters instead of four: instead of taking four courses per semester in the first year and three courses per semester in the second year, you take five courses per semester in the first year and four courses in your last semester. This makes for a more intensive program but allows you to get the same contents and same degree in a shorter period of time.

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Class of 2009

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