The dynamics of the contemporary, complex, interconnected and highly-charged international environment presents new challenges for scholars, policy analysts and decision makers, both at the global level and in the context of the Middle East. Against this backdrop, the MA Program in Diplomacy Studies is intended to elucidate the role of diplomacy as a main vehicle and mechanism for systematically addressing multilateral issues, which can no longer be effectively dealt with exclusively from a narrow unilateral or bilateral vantage point.
The focus on the role of collaborative diplomatic mechanisms is designed to provide students with new insights, concepts and analytical tools for fully understanding the enhanced functions of diplomacy in this new setting.
The program in Diplomacy Studies is primarily intended for practitioners, who are employed in a variety of public and private international, transnational and multilateral organizations, future diplomats, and interested academics abroad and in Israel.
At the completion of the program, students will receive an MA in Political Science, with a specialization in Diplomacy Studies.
The Academic Program
The program in Diplomacy Studies is taught in English over three semesters from October to September.
Core Courses: All courses are required and will be completed in three consecutive semesters, each of which comprises 12 hours of studies. The first semester will consist of three introductory courses in diplomatic studies, and diplomacy and communication. The second semester will consist of three advanced seminars, including a workshop, applying the theoretical concepts and tools introduced and developed in the first semester. The third semester will seek to implement the insights, concepts, theories and data provided in the first two semesters as the platform and springboard for simulating the actual dynamics of multilateral diplomacy, with particular emphasis on the role of diplomatic methods and strategies in the quest for conflict resolution and regional stability. This semester will include a workshop on the practice of public diplomacy, which will involve both practitioners and diplomats as an integral part of the workshop.
An important element of the program will be the simulated analysis of concrete diplomatic decision games and action games. In the course of this simulation, the students will experiment with a range of diplomatic (and strategic) concepts, techniques and scenarios in a controlled and structured effort to emulate real-time crisis situations, with emphasis on the mechanisms and tools for mitigating and defusing them.
Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree in political science, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent. Students coming from other disciplines must have completed courses in the following subjects before applying: a) Introduction to International Relations b) Introduction to Political Science/Government.
Candidates who have not graduated from an academic institution where the language of instruction is English, or who are not native English speakers, must submit official TOEFL scores of at least 570 (in a written test), 230 (in a computerized test), or 89 (in an internet test) to be considered for admission. For detailed information about all admission requirements including prerequisites, please contact the Admissions Office.
Fees: See website for details. Financial aid and scholarships are available.
Starting Date: October 2013
Application Deadline: Extended to May 15
Please refer to the faculty website for more details: http://diplomacy.haifa.ac.il/