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*Accreditation is in progress for this program.

Prepare for a career in international, regional, and global affairs; diplomacy; or the Foreign Service. Learn about the structure of the global political system and the possibility and limits of multilateral diplomacy to address the most critical global issues facing the planet.

The program begins in Washington, DC, where you’ll participate in a two-week foundational traveling seminar and learn firsthand from professionals in the field. You’ll then travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to study multilateral diplomacy and strategic decision-making. In the spring, you’ll go to South Africa to explore non-western perspectives on international relations, south-south diplomacy, and the politics of the African Union.

Skills gained include negotiation and mediation, diplomatic leadership, crisis management, strategic decision-making, collaborative problem-solving, and applied research. Graduates will be positioned to work with government agencies, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations, particularly in situations of conflict, crises, and rapid change.

Academics

With SIT’s experiential curriculum, you’ll learn how to put theory into practice.

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Semester One: United States and Switzerland (13 Credits)

  • Foundations of Diplomacy and International Relations 
  • Strategic Foresight and Scenario-Building 
  • International Organizations 
  • The Future of Europe 
  • Practitioner Inquiry 

Semester Two: South Africa (12 Credits)

  • Negotiation, Mediation, and Dialogue 
  • South-South Relations in the context of BRICS 
  • Energy Diplomacy and the African Political Economy 
  • Continental Solidarity and the African Union 
  • Practitioner Inquiry 

Semester Three: Practicum and Capstone (9 Credits)

  • Practicum
  • Capstone Paper
  • Capstone Seminar

In addition to the above all students must fulfill a Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement before being eligible to graduate.

Professional Practicum

A cornerstone of SIT Global Master’s in Diplomacy and International Relations is the practicum. This allows you to apply learning from the classroom in real-world settings while getting hands-on, professional experience.

For your final semester, SIT and your advisor will support you in finding an approved practicum with an international agency, think tank, NGO, government agency, or other organization involved in diplomatic relations and international relations in a location of your choice. This practicum experience will give you the opportunity to observe international affairs in a real-world setting and to expand your professional network.

During the practicum phase, you’ll remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of your knowledge and skills while working in a professional context.

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Faculty

SIT’s faculty are practitioners in their fields. Our diverse, multicultural faculty have worked across the world as leaders, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors.

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Program Chair

Bruce W. Dayton
Bruce W. Dayton

Executive Director, CONTACT
Chair, Diplomacy and International Relations
Chair, Peace and Justice Leadership

Degrees

PhD, Maxwell School of Syracuse University
MA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
BA, Ithaca College

Bruce W. Dayton (PhD, Syracuse University, 1999) has been active in peacebuilding and conflict transformation work for over twenty years as a practitioner, a researcher, and an educator. His work focuses on the intersection of social identity and intractable conflicts and the role that intermediaries can play in transforming them.

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Goran Jovanovic

Co-Chair, Diplomacy and International Relations

Degrees

PhD, University of Geneva
MA, University of Geneva

Goran, a Swiss and Serbian national, holds a doctorate and master’s degree in international relations and development studies from the University of Geneva, a graduate diploma in American studies from Smith College in Massachusetts, and a degree in sociology from the University of Belgrade.

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Imraan Buccus
Imraan Buccus

Associate Chair, Diplomacy and International Relations
Senior Practitioner, Peace and Justice Leadership

Degrees

PhD Fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal
MA, University of KwaZulu-Natal
BA, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Imraan Buccus has an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in social policy from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). He is currently a PhD fellow at UKZN’s School of Politics, where he has also been a lecturer. He is widely published in academic journals and book chapters and is the former editor of the journal Critical Dialogue and the current editor of Democracy Dialogue.

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Faculty

Michael Akerib

A consultant with extensive experience in both large groups and small to mid-size enterprises, Dr. Akerib has been active as a professional trainer and in academia. Over the past 25 years he has held a variety of positions (lecturer, program director, dean, rector and managing director of a business school) in Switzerland and abroad.

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Anis H. Bajrektarevic

Anis H. Bajrektarevic is a former MFA official and career diplomat. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Modern Political History Analyses, Dr. Bruno Kreisky Foundation, as well as the legal and political advisor for CEE at the Vienna-based Political Academy, Dr. Karl Renner.

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Patrick Bond

Dr. Patrick Bond, a political economist, is professor at the University of the Western Cape School of Government in Cape Town. He taught for more than two decades at both Wits University School of Governance in Johannesburg and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society in Durban.

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Gyula Csurgai

Dr. Gyula Csurgai obtained his doctorate from the University of Geneva and political science degrees from University of Concordia in Canada and University of Toulouse in France. He earned a postgraduate degree in European studies from the European Institute at the University of Geneva.

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Esperanza Duran

Dr. Esperanza Duran has a PhD from Oxford University. She has conducted research and taught at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), El Colegio de Mexico, and University College Dublin’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

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Alexandre Lambert

Dr. Alexandre Lambert is Swiss and holds a PhD in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He has been an academic director and lecturer with SIT in Geneva since 2007.

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Heikki Mattila

Dr. Heikki Mattila holds an MA in economics and sociology from University of Helsinki and a PhD in sociology from University of Geneva. An expert in migration, he has worked in government, international organizations, and academia, including the Finnish Ministry of Labor and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Leonard Suransky

Dr. Leonard Suransky has a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has taught and done research (particularly through the medium of conflict simulation games,) around the world. He has taught at South African universities Witwatersrand, and Durban-Westville; the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht; and a semester at Copenhagen University.

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Admissions Criteria

We strive to create a diverse and experienced student body to enhance the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.

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To be considered for admission to the MA in Diplomacy and International Affairs program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • US bachelor’s degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability
  • Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning

SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process

Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to talk with SIT faculty and staff and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.

English Language Ability

Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS  practice tests online.)

  • Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of
  • 600 on the paper-based test (PBT)
  • 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or
  • 100 on the internet-based iBT.

Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.

These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.

Tuition/Costs

See a breakdown of the costs for this program.

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Direct Costs

Semester 1

  • Tuition: $14,500

Semester 2

  • Tuition: $14,500

Semester 3 (Reflective Practice Phase)

  • Tuition: $14,500

Total MA degree tuition and fees (all terms combined): $43,500

Indirect Costs

Semester 1

  • Room and board: $7,000
  • Books: $400
  • Visas: $465
  • Personal expenses: $1,500
  • Transportation costs: $500

Semester 2

  • Room and board: $3,500
  • Books: $400
  • Visas: $348
  • Personal expenses: $1,500
  • Transportation costs: $500

Semester 3 (Reflective Practice Phase)

  • Room and board: $4,500
  • Books: $400
  • Visas: Will vary depending on location
  • Personal expenses: $1,500
  • Transportation costs: $500

Additional Costs

Estimated Student Loan Fees

  • Semester 1: $500
  • Semester 2: $500
  • Semester 3: $500

Estimated fees are based on the average amount borrowed by SIT Graduate Institute students. See details on student loan options.