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Dual Degree

M.P.A. / M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations

The Department of Political Science and Public Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Diplomacy offer a dual degree program that combines the M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations with the Master of Public Administration. The dual degree equips professionals to respond to the challenges of public sector administration in a global environment. The joint program can be completed in 60 credits, instead of the 84 credits required to complete the two programs separately. 


Diplomacy and International Relations Component (21 credits)

  • DIPL 6000 - International Relations Theory
  • DIPL 6001 or DIPL 6180 - Politics of Cultural and Ethnic Pluralism or Comparative Foreign Policy
  • DIPL 6002 or DIPL 6005 - International Organizations or Public International Law
  • DIPL 6105 or DIPL 6155 - International Political Economy or Advanced Economic Aspects of International Relations
  • DIPL XXXX - Electives (9 credits)

M.P.A. Component (30 credits)

  • M.P.A. Core Courses (15 credits)
    • PSMA 6001 - Environment of Public Service Management
    • PSMA 6004 - Economic Environment of Public Service Management
    • PSMA 6005 - Financial Management and Control
    • PSMA 6009 - Managerial Decision Making
    • PSMA 6010 - Managing Human Resources in Public
  • Choose one Concentration (12 credits)
    • Public Service: Leadership, Governance & Policy
    • Management of Nonprofit Organizations
    • Health Policy and Management
  • M.P.A. Electives (3 credits)

Research and Capstone Courses (9 credits)

  • DIPL 6310 or PSMA 6002 - Research Methods
  • DIPL 6311 or PSMA 7993 or PSMA 7992 - Research Seminar/Practicum
  • DIPL 7111 or PSMA 7991 - Internship/Field Placement


Students apply independently to each degree program, preferably indicating at the time of application that they intend to follow the joint M.P.A./ M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations program. Students may also apply for admission to the dual degree program before completion of 12 credits in either of the two separate programs. 

Just minutes from New York City and a few hours from Washington, D.C., the School of Diplomacy and International Relations is an ideal place to study international relations and practice diplomacy firsthand. Through a unique alliance with the United Nations Association of the United States of America and the United Nations Foundation, students are exposed to today's leaders and policymakers.

Students from around the world come together to participate in a multidisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes multilateral diplomacy, conflict resolution, international economics and leadership. Our distinguished faculty brings essential theories and practical perspectives to the classroom. With a growing network of alumni working in the field of international relations, the School is strengthening international institutions by contributing well-prepared and talented diplomatic professionals.

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