You will review the basic theories that govern international relations and political science. The course also traces the historical evolution of diplomacy within the international system, providing a sense of its progression and an awareness of the milestones of diplomatic interaction within that system.
Master of Arts in Diplomacy
Norwich’s online diplomacy program is made up of six courses, each of which is delivered over 11 weeks for a total of 36 credit hours. Students master one course at a time, to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics.
Our graduates can:
Build cooperation, defuse tension, and promote peace between and among nations, groups, and other entities.
- Develop a strong foundational understanding of diplomacy, diplomatic history, and the international system.
- Focus on the area of diplomacy that is most relevant to your career path and educational goals.
- Function effectively and manage teams across borders and in different kinds of organizations.
For the first course of the program, students have the option of choosing from either Theory and the International System (GD510) or The History of Diplomacy in the International System (GD511).
This course provides a comprehensive overview of diplomacy, international relations, and world order in the context of the modern state system from 1648 to the present. The international political environment is introduced through studies in foreign policy decision making, combining history and political science in an analytical framework of historiography and international relations methodology.
You will explore the structure of the international system as defined by its rules and guidelines. The course presents an introduction to international law terminology and its history and theory. Laws surrounding conflict, war, war crimes, and the rising areas of international law, environmental law, and laws concerning humanitarian intervention will be explored. Of special interest will be laws pertaining to human rights.
You will explore the international economic system, examine the impact of modernization within the system, and investigate the controversy over the concept of globalization and the debate of free trade versus protectionism. You will become familiar with the international financial network and its institutions. Special attention will be given to Third World development issues and the concept of economics as a tool of diplomacy and military power.
Choose a Concentration in Diplomacy
After completing the core curriculum, you will choose a concentration that fits your career and professional goals.
Develop knowledge, competencies, and tools to deal with international populations including the public, government, media, online, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Global Commerce and the International System (GD544)
Cross-Cultural Management in the International System (GD554)
Elective Options for Seminar Six:
Global Corporate Diplomacy (GD564)
Diplomacy and Communication (GD567)
This course focuses on internal and external environmental conditions affecting commerce in a global environment. You will evaluate the role of private-sector commerce in the international system and explore the impact of economics, law, politics, and culture on multinational commerce endeavors. You will also analyze country-specific data and internal organizational factors that influence managerial decision making in multinational organizations. You will gain an understanding of the global commerce environment and enhance your ability to function effectively across borders.
This course focuses on fundamental topics in human resources management as they pertain to globally active corporate, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. You will build skills in managing intercultural human resources differences; selecting, evaluating, and compensating employees in international assignments; training and developing expatriate employees; dealing with culture shock; and the effects of repatriation. You will be asked to apply the concepts of conflict management, resolution, and avoidance to specific work situations.
The course addresses the dependence of international commerce upon public goodwill, the development of which is the function of corporate diplomacy. You will develop the knowledge, competencies, and tools for implementing strategic communications in order to deal effectively with international constituencies, including the government, the news media, the Internet, and NGOs. Special emphasis will be given to developing and applying analytical skills to shape public opinion, build corporate reputation, and deal with crisis in a cross-cultural environment.
Examine the role of state-sponsored terrorism within the international community.
Elective Options for Seminar Four:
Terrorism: Introduction and State-Sponsored Terrorism (GD542)
International Security (GD546)
International Terrorisim by Non-State Actors (GD552)
Elective Options for Seminar Six:
International Response to Transnational Terrorism (GD562)
Diplomacy and Communications (GD567)
Diplomacy in Practice (GD541)
International Conflict Management
Address the multiple schools of debate concerning the causes of international conflict and war and assess conflict in all its forms.
Conflict Avoidance, Prevention and Containment in the International System (GD540)
Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the International System (GD550)
Elective Options for Seminar Six:
Military Intervention and Conflict Management in the International System (GD560)
Human Rights and Conflict in the International System (GD561)
Diplomacy and Communication (GD567)
Diplomacy in Practice (GD541)
Cyber Diplomacy Concentration
Study today’s fundamental issues, debates, and events in international relations pertinent to the world of cyberspace.
The cyberdiplomacy coursework will be taught from the curriculum in the Master of Science in Cybersecurity program. Courses are cross-listed with the Master of Arts in International Relations program.
A comprehensive exam is a requirement of the diplomacy program and is part of the graduation requirement. The exam will cover material from the entire program in a series of essay questions and is administered during the student's final course.
Optional Thesis Track
The thesis track is available for students who wish to have the traditional thesis experience with faculty mentorship and a culminating research paper, which is often the basis for a future publication. Outside of the degree completion requirements, students can choose to add this thesis after all six courses are completed. Pending program director approval for candidacy acceptance, your thesis will have a formal board of examination, supervision, and research process. Students who successfully defend a thesis may be exempt from the Comprehensive Exam requirement.
The thesis track is split into four 3-credit seminars: GD570, GD751, GD572, and GD573.
Our diplomacy program ends in a residency at the historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. During this time you will have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.
Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.
Career Opportunities for Master of Arts in Diplomacy Graduates
Our diplomacy program prepares students from diverse professional backgrounds for a wide range of careers. Our graduates have pursued a variety of roles, including:
- Adjunct Professor
- Border Patrol Intelligence
- Communications Director
- Government Relations Director
- Intelligence Advisor
- Lead Business Intelligence Analyst
- News Director
Our alumni have attained positions at top organizations, including*:
Places of Work
- Department of Defense
- Internet Infrastructure Coalition
- Iowa Department of Public Safety
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Michelin Corporation
- North Dakota State University
- Stone & Associates
- U.S. Army
What our graduates have to say*:
- feel their workplace skills have been enhanced since earning their online Diplomacy degree
- of responding Norwich University graduates who wanted to advance in their career said they were successful in doing so
- of Norwich University graduates in 2016 earned more than $80,000 per year.
Read more about our Master of Arts in Diplomacy student outcomes.
*Source: Norwich University Master of Arts in Diplomacy Graduate Survey, fielded March 2016
Our Master of Arts in Diplomacy program is led by dedicated faculty and staff members that are available to help you reach your academic, professional, and personal goals. Our faculty members hold terminal degrees in their field and are subject matter experts in the diplomacy field, including conflict management and resolution, international security, and global communications.
We have an in-house instructional design team that work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience in each course.
Dr. Lasha Tchantouridzé is Professor and Director of the graduate programs in Diplomacy and International Relations. He is also a Davis Center Associate, Harvard University, Boston, MA; Research Fellow, the Center for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; and Advisory Board Member of Peace & War Center at Norwich University. He earned his PhD in International Relations from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Tchantouridzé’s research interests are at the intersection of diplomacy and force in international politics, and his academic publications are in the areas of geopolitics, Russian foreign policy, Canadian foreign policy, the Arctic, the Black Sea basin, international politics in the Caucasus, and NATO-Russia relations.
“The Black Sea question in Russo-Turkish Relations,” in Contemporary Russo-Turkish Relations: From Crisis to Cooperation, ed. by Ali Askerov, Lexington Books, 2018.
“Contending Policies of Russia and Turkey: The Syrian Crisis,” co-authored with Ali Askerov, in Contemporary Russo-Turkish Relations: From Crisis to Cooperation, ed. by Ali Askerov, Lexington Books, 2018.
“Appeasement of Russia and the Return of Great Power Politics in Europe,” Eastern Europe – Regional Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2017.
“საპარლამენტო სისტემის პრობლემები განვითარებადი დემოკრატიის პირობებში” (“Problems of the Parliamentary System in Developing Democracies,” in Georgian), პოლიტიკა (Politics), 2017, Vol. 1, No. 3.
“Unipolarity: End of an Error,” in Michael Hawes and Christopher Kirkey, eds. Canadian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016.
“Canada’s Northern Dilemma: Resurgent Russia and the Competition over the Arctic,” Asian Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2, fall 2014.
“Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan: Comparing Canadian and Soviet Efforts,” International Journal, a special issue: Canada and Afghanistan: a Political, Diplomatic, Security, Economic & Social Assessment, Volume LXVIII, No. 2, summer 2013.
“Unipolarity: Theories, Images, and Canada’s Foreign Policy Priorities” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Volume 18, Issue 2, 2012.
“Political Economy of Kyrgyzstan’s Domestic (In)Stability,” The Journal of Central Asian Studies, Srinagar, Kashmir, Vol. XX, No. 1, 2011, pp. 89-102.
“Realpolitik and the Russo-Georgian War: Three Years On,” with Ryan Dessayn, Central Asia and the Caucasus 13 (1) 2012.
In Russian: Лаша Чантуридзе и Р. Дессейнь, «Realpolitik и война России с Грузией: Три года спустя,» Центральная Азия и Кавказ 15 (1), 2012.
“Canada and the New Russian-European Condominium,” Canadian Military Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3.
In French: “Le nouveau condominium russo-européen : Réévaluer les engagements pris par le Canada envers l’Europe en matière de défense,” Revue Militaire Canadienne, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011.
GD510 Theory and the International System
GD542 Terrorism: Introduction and State Sponsored Terrorism
GD560 Military Intervention and Conflict Management in the International System
IR510 World Politics – International Relations
IR531 National Security
In today’s world, broad knowledge and specialized skills are required to build cooperation, defuse tension, and promote peace between and among nations, groups, and other entities. Our online Master of Arts in Diplomacy program helps you develop that skill set and prepares you to become an international problem solver in any sector, including public, private, nonprofit and the military.
A master’s degree in diplomacy from Norwich University carries weight. Our proud history as the nation’s first private military college and a long standing, unparalleled commitment to public service set our diplomacy program apart in academia and our graduates apart in the professional world.
Master of Arts
- Cyber Diplomacy
- International Commerce
- International Conflict Management
- International Terrorism
Develop skills to communicate more effectively within the complex international environment.
Gain a clear perspective on international diplomacy, leadership and conflict.
Tailor your diplomacy program studies based on your personal interests and career goals with 4 concentrations and the opportunity to pursue a thesis track.
Learn from and be mentored by expert faculty members, all of whom hold terminal degrees in their field.
Build a robust portfolio of research papers that you can leverage within your organization or submit as work samples to prospective employers.
Join a school with a nearly 200-year legacy and rich military history.
Apply to one of four start dates per year.
Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality and low net cost of attendance, according to the U.S. News & World Report.*
*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who received the average level of need-based financial aid.
Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.
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At a Glance
- No GRE/GMAT required
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher
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Transfer CreditsYou may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
International AdmissionsNorwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
Norwich Alumni BenefitsReconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.
When applying for the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program at Norwich University, there are two essential factors to consider: what does it cost, and how can you pay for it? There are many ways to get financial assistance and several financial strategies that can help you achieve your academic and professional goals. We are here to help you identify and pursue the options that are best for you.
Tuition at a Glance
- Credit Hours: 36
- Cost Per Credit Hour: $767
Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one-time
Students can choose from a variety of courses specific to their interests in the field of international relations. Course topics include global commerce, international terrorism, human rights and conflict, and economics and the international system.
Students can choose one of three concentrations: international commerce, international terrorism, or international conflict management.
Diplomacy is a specific aspect of international relations. If your career goals involve the broader field of international affairs, explore our online Master of Arts in International Relations program.
The optional thesis track provides the opportunity for focused research and scholarly investigation in addition to your course work. If you wish to complete a thesis, you must present a formal application, and your candidacy must be accepted by the program director.
The program’s six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.
Our diplomacy alumni have found employment with a variety of public and private organizations including BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, the U.S. Army, CACI International, the Cato Institute, Grant Thornton LLP, Cable News Network, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, and Wells Fargo.
Diplomacy program instructors hold terminal degrees from established universities. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience, a strong research record, and solid, practical experience in international relations.
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, SpanTran, or CED.
- A GRE score is not required but may be requested based on your undergraduate GPA.
- If English was not the language of previous degree study, proof of English language proficiency and minimum TOEFL scores of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test, or iBT) are required unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.
- Price per Credit: $767
- Term Tuition: $4,602
- Technology Fee — $300/term
- Library Fee — $75/term
- Graduation Fee — $150/one-time
- Total Program Cost (6 terms): $30,012
When you apply for admission to the online Diplomacy program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted for up to 12 credits. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as they pertain to transfer credits.
Through an agreement between Norwich University and the Department of the Army/U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, up to six credit hours may be awarded toward completion of the MDY program requirements. Credit hours will be awarded in the Conflict Resolution Concentration for GD560 Military Intervention, or in the International Terrorism Concentration for GD562 International Response.
Learn more about Norwich University’s transfer credit policy.
Norwich University offers a range of opportunities to help you lower your overall tuition costs. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the below options. Please note that scholarships are not additive. In addition to the below scholarships, students may also be eligible for discounts if their organization partners with Norwich University.
Recognizing your past academic and professional achievements, the Achievement Scholarship is for newly enrolled students. You could receive a $4,200 scholarship, which will be distributed equally over the courses of the program. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, submit your application package (application form, resume, letter of intent, and essay (if applicable)) for your program of interest at least one week prior to the upcoming application deadline. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all application materials and select the recipient.
Norwich Alumni Scholarship
Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is award for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.
Active Duty Military Scholarship
Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.
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