The Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy is an interdisciplinary and holistic program that will not only broaden student’s knowledge in the field of development studies, sustainability, and diplomacy but it will also equip them with the required soft skills for a successful international career in any of these areas of expertise. It is offered online. During this program, students will analyze the different dimensions of development including, environmental, social, economic, and human dimensions as well as the theory and practice of diplomacy in the 21st century. Students will also attend skills development sessions that are designed to support their professional careers and employability. Careers in this field can be very broad. Prospective employers include governments, international organizations, development agencies, academia, and the private sector.
Who is it for?
The program is designed for graduate students, diplomats, government officers, NGO representatives, international civil servants, or private sector specialists willing to strengthen their knowledge in development studies, sustainability, international affairs management, and diplomacy.
M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy: Online
Students can complete the Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy (online) in a maximum of 4 semesters.
Students can obtain the M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy upon successful completion of 42 credits, including 36 credits for course work and 6 credits for a final independent research project (IRP).
Invest in Your Future
This unique program, backed by the United Nations, is designed to give students a first-hand experience in the field of development, international affairs, and diplomacy.
Learn from Highly Experienced Experts: This program is taught by practitioners, UN staff, diplomats, and academics.
Visit the Birthplace of the UN: It includes a study field trip to Geneva and The Hague, where students will participate in skills-based sessions for a successful international career.
Benefit from an Interdisciplinary Approach: This program connects different disciplines to provide students with holistic knowledge.
Take Advantage of Flexible Learning Methods: It allows students to accommodate their needs for flexibility by offering diverse optional modules and weekly seminars.
At the end of the program, students should:
Have a deep understanding of the theory and practice of development studies, international cooperation, and sustainable development.
Be able to evaluate the different dimensions of development.
Have a deep understanding of the theory and practice of diplomacy.
Be able to appraise the nexus between diplomacy, the UN System, and contemporary challenges.
Be able to apply key soft skills in an international working environment.
Optional Field Trip to Geneva and The Hague
Each year, UNITAR will organize an optional 5-day field trip to Geneva (Switzerland) and The Hague (Netherlands) for the students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy and the Certificate in International Development Studies and Diplomacy.
During this activity, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the very heart of diplomacy, visit different international organizations, and network with other diplomats, personnel of permanent missions accredited to the UN, civil servants of international organizations, and civil society representatives.
Students will spend 3 days in Geneva and 2 days in The Hague.
The fee of the five-day field trip is 1,500 USD. The fee does not include travel, accommodation, food, or visa expenses.
The optional field visit will take place every Summer. The exact dates will be agreed in conjunction with UPEACE depending on the availability of UNITAR’s experts.
The following documentation is required to complete your application process for the online M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy. Please have them ready and on hand before beginning your online application process, as they will need to be uploaded into the system.
Required supporting documents to be uploaded:
English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS)
Statement of Purpose
Letters of Recommendation
Official Undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree) Transcripts and Degree Certificate
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Copy of Passport (front page with photo only)
Application Deadline: The application deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year is 15 August 2021.