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5 Year B.S./M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations

The combined 5-Year B.S./M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations program allows undergraduate students at the School of Diplomacy to earn a bachelor's and a 45 credit master's degree in an extended program of study.

Students interested in the combined degree can apply for admission when they apply as freshmen. Alternatively, students who have completed 66 credit hours by the first semester of their junior year and met Diplomacy curriculum requirements may apply for admission to the master's program. If accepted, the program begins the first semester of what would have been senior year. Current students who would like to review their eligibility to apply should contact the Department Chair at [email protected].


The total number of credits required for the combined 5-Year B.S./M.A. program is 147, with 102 at the undergraduate level and 45 at the graduate level. The requirements for the B.S. degree are reduced by 18 credits for students pursuing this combined program of study, but all of the requirements for the traditional M.A. degree must be completed. The 18 waived undergraduate credits/courses are highlighted in the below table. B.S./M.A. students use their first six graduate courses to waive these credits and receive their bachelor's degree.

  • DIPL elective  3 credits
  • DIPL elective  3 credits
  • DIPL 3111  3 credits
  • Free elective  3 credits
  • Free elective  3 credits
  • Free elective  3 credits

Once students complete the remaining nine graduate courses, including all core, distribution and specialization requirements, they are eligible to receive their master's degree.

For a step-by-step B.S./M.A. program audit worksheet, visit our advising webpage »


Faculty at the School of Diplomacy are dedicated scholars and practitioners with diverse backgrounds. They bridge the gap between theory and practice - in the classroom and beyond.

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Jane Cohen
Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-conflict Diplomacy
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Hussein Ibrahim
Project Officer
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Tatsushi Arai
Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-Conflict Diplomacy
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Brandon Valeriano
Assistant Professor
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About the School of Diplomacy

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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