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International Relations and Diplomacy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The International Relations and Diplomacy program at the American Graduate School in Paris is a 2 year program qualifying you for a broad range of careers in international affairs, local governance, foreign affairs, international development, human rights advocacy, global communications, international business, and many other areas involving interaction with different countries and cultures.


A US-accredited Program in France

The M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy programme offered by the American Graduate School in Paris combines the wide recognition of an American degree with the unique experience of a Paris-based program. It is accredited in the US as an affiliated program of Arcadia University (Pennsylvania) and taught at the American Graduate School in Paris, a private nonprofit institution of higher education recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

Classes are taught in the heart of Paris. The French capital – which is also one of Europe’s capitals and an international hub – is an ideal location for the study of international affairs. The program takes full advantage of this through guest speakers, site visits, and networking events. These all represent opportunities to get exposed to the international scene and make connections with the many diplomatic missions, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs that the city hosts.

The language of instruction is English; no knowledge of French is required to enroll. You have the opportunity to learn French through AGS’s partner institution Alliance Française Paris-Ile de France.

Expertise in International Affairs

The program draws on AGS’s specific expertise in the field of international relations, in which the school has specialized since it was founded in 1994. At the core of this expertise, the faculty of the program is comprised of both accomplished scholars conducting research at the forefront of their discipline, and practitioners sharing their knowledge and professional experience, such as retired Ambassadors or government officials.

The curriculum strikes a careful balance between academic thoroughness and practice-oriented approaches to fully prepare you for the professional arena. It examines the interaction between State and non-State actors at an international level through a multi-disciplinary scope covering political as well as cultural, historical, economic, geographical, social, legal, and humanitarian aspects, all updated to include the most current international issues.

Required courses cover the core subjects of international relations theory, economic policy, international public law, foreign policy formulation, and methodology. A broad rage of electives is available to explore other areas of international affairs such as NGO management, environment policy, gender issues, geopolitics, conflict resolution, and area studies.

Program options

A range of options allows you to tailor the program around your particular interests and career objectives.


While in the Master’s program, you have the opportunity to perform an internship in a Paris-based organization: diplomatic/consular mission, intergovernmental organization, NGO, multinational corporation news media outlet or another type of relevant international institution.

Area concentrations

You may specialize in a particular sector of international affairs and obtain, in addition to your M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy, a Certificate of Concentration in your area of specialization. The requirements for this option consist of elective courses in the said area, directed readings, comprehensive exams, and an area-focused thesis.

Area Concentrations Available include:

  • African Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • European Studies

Dual degree options

A number of dual program options with partner universities allow you to earn a second degree in a complementary discipline in addition to your US-accredited M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy:

  • US-accredited Master of International Service in the International Studies Track at American University, Washington, D.C., USA: more information here
  • European accredited Master in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiation at Université Paris-Sud (Sceaux, France): more information here
  • European accredited LL.M. in French and European Union Law and Business Ethics at the Law School of Université de Cergy-Pontoise (France): more information here
  • US-accredited M.A. in Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University (Pennsylvania, USA): more information here
International opportunities

You may spend one of the semesters of the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy program abroad, studying at one of AGS's partner institutions while earning credits toward your AGS degree. Options include the United States (Arcadia University) and Italy (University of Siena). You may also spend the summer at UC Berkeley Extension, completing an additional module in leadership and management.


The M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy is accredited in the US as an affiliated program of Arcadia University (Pennsylvania) and taught at the American Graduate School in Paris, a private nonprofit institution of higher education recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Factors and Theories of Analysis in IR&D
  • Research Methodology and Design
  • Current Economic Policy Issues
  • Geopolitics 
  • Gender, Militarization, and War
  • NGOs: an International Perspective
  • Conflict in the Modern Middle East 
  • Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Russian Politics
  • Geopolitics of Religion
  • International Environmental Politics
  • The Scramble for African Resources
  • The EU as a Global Player
  • International Public Law
  • Foreign Policy Formulation and Diplomacy
  • Principle of Economics
  • Theory and Origins of Global Conflict
  • Extreme-Crisis Situation: Terrorism, Government, and Media
  • NGOs: Principles and Management
  • Conflict in the Modern Middle East 
  • European Foreign Poliies
  • Strategy and Conflict Resolution
  • Post-modernity and IR&D
  • Issues in the US Foreign Policies
  • East-Asia: Geopolitics Since WWII

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Accelerated 18-month intensive track: You have the option to complete the program in three semesters instead of four.

    • Duration description

      EU students and other students who do not need to be enrolled on a full-time basis for visa purposes may undertake the program over a longer period of time.

  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A GRE score is not required, but will be considered in your application if provided. 

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

The core admission requirement for all Master's level programs is a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. A degree in a discipline related to the program you are considering is helpful. Nonetheless, many students attend our programs in order to branch out in complementary directions from their earlier studies, and this is taken into account both during the admission process and in designing the curricula.

For more information, please check the program website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18672 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37338 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    18672 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37338 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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