M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy
The US-accredited Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS provides students with the knowledge, skills, and contacts to pursue a career in a large range of branches of international affairs, including intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, government, diplomacy, international business, journalism, and academia.
It is a two-year program, and can also be undertaken part-time or on an 18-month accelerated track (more information on these various options here).
Courses are taught entirely in English, in Paris, France; no knowledge of French language is required to enrol. As an option, students may spend one semester in the United States (more information here).
A unique aspect of this international affairs program is its international character. The French setting of the school, the American educational process, and the multi-cultural classroom environment at AGS all combine to enhance the international experience of students. Furthermore, as a host to the headquarters of many intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and international corporations, Paris offers a perfect stage to study international relations.
The program combines an academic with a professional approach. This is reflected in the curriculum and in the faculty teaching in the program, which is comprised of both scholars and practicing professionals (diplomats, journalists, lawyers, economists).
Graduates of this international relations masters program are awarded a Master's degree accredited in the United States by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, as an affiliated program of Arcadia University).
As an option, students may choose one of two area studies concentrations and earn a Certificate of Concentration in African Studies or Middle Eastern Studies along with their Master's degree. (more information here).
M.A. students may also opt for one of the double-degree programs and obtain a second Master's degree in addition to the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy: Europe-accredited Master in Strategic Negociation or Europe-accredited Master in French and European Union Law.
In order to graduate with AGS's Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy, students must meet the following requirements:
The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy curriculum has a multi-disciplinary scope. Required courses cover the core disciplines of international relations, political science, economics, international law, international organizations, and diplomacy; a broad range of electives is available to explore other areas of international affairs. Reinforcing the hands-on approach, AGS encourages students to do credit-bearing internships as part of their electives (more information on internships here).
Along with the International Relations and Diplomacy coursework, students have the option to take French language courses and receive a diploma of French language studies (DELF) recognized in Europe (more information here).
In order to graduate students in this program are required to take:
Elective Area Courses
Full-time students in the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS have the option to spend one of the four semesters of the program in the United States, at AGS's partner institution Arcadia University in (Glenside, Pennsylvania).
Students who choose this option take courses in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program as a replacement for some of the courses in the AGS curriculum.
No additional tuition fee is charged for this option.
International affairs master's students may specialize in one of the following areas and obtain, in addition to their M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy, a Certificate of Concentration in their specialized field:
In addition to the requirements for the Master’s degree, students must meet the following specific requirements to obtain a Certificate of Concentration:
Additionally, extracurricular meetings, events and visits around the topic will be organized.
These two concentrations are compatible with other options offered in the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS, such as the dual programs) and the possibility to spend one semester in the United States.
The M.A. of International Relations and Diplomacy program is a two-year program. Students typically take four courses every semester in their first year, and three courses every semester in their second year in order to have more time to conduct the research and writing of the final Master thesis.
Alternatively, it is possible to complete this program in 18 months, on an accelerated, more intensive track. Students who choose this option typically take five courses every semester in their first year, and four courses in their last semester.
The M.A. program may also be taken part-time. This is particularly suitable for professionals who wish to integrate the program into their work schedule. Scheduling may be arranged according to each student's particular constraints.
Certificate in NGO Management
One-year Part-time Program
Courses co-taught by the Director of Human Rights Watch France.
Laura-Lee Smith USA
As citizens of the world community, AGSers share a deep will to improve international state of affairs. This drive for change translates into prescriptive discussion between students and teachers, not simply criticism. I most admire this quality about AGS and know that because we have the will to improve the system, we are the way for change.
|The M.A. in International Relations program is fully accredited in the U.S.:|
|by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education|
|as an affiliated program of Arcadia University|