Online Executive Master of Science in International Affairs


Program Description

Seton Hall's Online Executive Master of Science in International Affairs program is designed for professionals who seek to develop additional skills or credentials to move ahead in their careers, but cannot attend a traditional Executive Master of Science campus program in order to do so. Through a series of ten courses, students will build upon their knowledge and skills in policy analysis, negotiation and conflict management, and professional writing, while developing a functional and/or regional specialty.

Online Diplomacy students benefit from access to the University Library's vast collection of online publications, including news sources such as the Financial Times, Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and international newspapers. The Library also provides access to Foreign Policy and World Politics Review, among a suite of databases, Top 50 Diplomacy Journals, e-book titles, and reference resources. In addition, the Seton Hall Library is recognized as an official UN depository library, which offers students access to a wide range of United Nations documents and reports.

This coursework is a tool for:

  • Peace Corps members and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
  • Members of the U.S. military
  • Diplomats assigned to Permanent Missions to the United Nations
  • Representatives from nongovernmental organizations accredited to the United Nations
  • Private sector employers/employees with international holdings/interests


  • 10 Classes
  • 7 Years of Experience
  • 4 Specializations
  • 3 Program Formats

"Studying online with Seton Hall University is as challenging as it is rewarding. The professors are experts in their field. The coursework is rigorous, and the asynchronous environment - which promotes student interaction and debate - is top notch. I would highly recommend the School of Diplomacy's online master's program." Phyllis Mihalas, Ph.D.


The Online Executive M.S. curriculum can be completed in a single year full-time, including summer sessions, or through part-time study, and is customizable to meet each individual’s current interests and needs. The ten-course program begins with a four-course core sequence. Through a series of six electives, Online M.S. students can pursue functional as well as regional specializations, or explore a variety of topics relevant to their career goals.

Our 30-credit Online Executive M.S. in International Affairs supports professionals in furthering their knowledge in key subject areas of international affairs: international security and conflict resolution, international law and foreign policy analysis. To complete the program, students choose elective courses to build up to two specializations in critical global issues and processes. Four specializations are available.

Diplomacy Core Sequence (12 credits)

  • DIPL 6005 Public International Law
  • DIPL 6104 Art and Science of International Negotiation
  • DIPL 6105 International Political Economy
  • DIPL 6180 Comparative Foreign Policy

Specializations and Electives (18 credits)

Online Executive M.S. students will complete either three courses in each of two specializations or three courses in one specialization and any three courses at the 6000 or 7000 level.

Functional Specializations include:

  • Global Negotiation and Conflict Management (GN)
  • International Economics and Development (IE)
  • Post-Conflict State Reconstruction Sustainability (PC)

Regional Specializations include:

  • Africa (AF)

Online Specialization Courses Menu

  • DIPL 6004 Peacemaking and Peacekeeping (GN, PC)
  • DIPL 6113 International Financial Institutions (IE)
  • DIPL 6250 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Plural Societies (GN, PC)
  • DIPL 6251 Justice, Truth and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies (GN, PC)
  • DIPL 6252 Institutions of Post-Conflict Governance (AF, PC)
  • DIPL 6253 Civil Conflict and Development (AF, IE, PC)
  • DIPL 6254 Fieldwork in Post-Conflict Studies (PC)
  • DIPL 6277 Global Health, Bioterrorism and International Security (GN)
  • DIPL 6704 Economic Development in Africa (AF, IE)
Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

Just minutes from New York City and in the heart of Washington, D.C., Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and International Relations is an ideal place to study global affairs and practice diplomacy firs ... Read More

Just minutes from New York City and in the heart of Washington, D.C., Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and International Relations is an ideal place to study global affairs and practice diplomacy first hand in a professional, dynamic and culturally rich setting. Read less