Global Master of Arts in
Diplomacy & International Relations (Full-Time)

Prepare for a career in international, regional, and global affairs or diplomacy to address some of the most critical issues facing the planet.

At a Glance

For programs beginning in 2023





Application Deadline for U.S. & permanent residents

priority deadline January 31, followed by rolling admissions until June 1

International students

January 31, no rolling admission


1 Year

Instructional Sites

South Africa, Switzerland, United States

Critical Global Issue of Study

Geopolitics & Power

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Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.


Offering SIT’s unique brand of immersive, place-based learning from the world’s top locations in diplomacy and international relations, this one-year master’s degree provides you with key points of comparison among U.S., European, and African perspectives as you gain a mastery of the global political system and how to maneuver within it.

In your first semester, travel to Washington, DC, to participate in a two-week traveling seminar, interacting with policymakers in the field. You will also live in Geneva, Switzerland, to study multilateral diplomacy, leadership, and strategic decision-making. From there, embark on a three-day traveling seminar to Brussels, Belgium, the seat of European Parliament, to examine the European Union, European integration, supranational governance, and how power transcends national boundaries.

During your spring semester, you will spend 12 weeks in South Africa, investigating non-western perspectives on international relations, south-south diplomacy, and the politics of the African Union. From your base in Cape Town, explore the history of South Africa and the legacy of South Africa’s apartheid and colonial past. At the close of the semester, you will visit the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In your final semester, undertake a professional practicum in a location and position of your choosing, working in close consultation with your faculty advisor to ensure alignment with your career goals. At the end of the summer semester, you will choose to present your capstone paper either on SIT’s campus in Vermont or online.

Whether you are seeking a position at the U.S. State Department, the United Nations, an international nongovernmental organization, or other prestigious institution, SIT will prepare you for a career in international, regional, and global affairs or diplomacy to address some of the most critical issues facing the planet.

Career Paths

Students who have graduated with this degree have worked in careers such as:

  • Foreign Service officer

  • International relations specialist

  • Foreign affairs analyst

  • Senior policy specialist

  • Researcher at NGO or think tank

  • Program coordinator or manager

  • International relations officer

  • Consular officer

  • Research and policy manager

Visit the SIT blog to read more about SIT Graduate Institute alumni careers.

Program Sites

Washington, DC

Explore today’s highly complex system of global governance—the role of NGOs, government agencies, and heavyweight international players—from the U.S. capital. Interact with professionals and policymakers, build your network, and visit agencies and organizations such as the U.S. State Department; the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the United Nations Foundation; the United States Institute of Peace; and the World Resources Institute.

Click here for a description of the SIT center in Washington, DC.

Geneva, Switzerland

The nexus of multilateral diplomacy and global affairs, Geneva is a center for international organizations, The city offers unparalleled opportunities to meet with top academics, researchers, and a wide range of U.N. agencies, institutions, and NGOs. While immersed in Geneva’s international diplomacy, you will experience Francophone culture and access to top experts in the field, allowing you to build your global network.

Excursion highlights include: 

Brussels, Belgium 

  • European Parliament
  • International organizations, NGOs, and policymakers

Click here for a description of the SIT center in Switzerland.

Cape Town, South Africa  

Live and study in Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa and capital of Western Cape province, known for its African, Indian, and colonial influences and stunning natural landscape. Gain a profound understanding of how post-apartheid and post-colonial views  affect our world today, and how unequal balances of power can be addressed. Learn from government leaders, social activists, and academics while you study, exploring issues of south-south diplomacy, energy politics, and African solidarity.

Click here for a description of the SIT center in South Africa.

Practicum in location of choice

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze core theoretical and applied traditions in diplomacy and international relations.
  • Forecast political trends in emergent situations and develop management contingencies to counter them.
  • Mediate situations of conflict and crisis through negotiation skills and practices.
  • Apply leadership skills and strategic foresight analysis in decision-making.
  • Research global and regional challenges through qualitative methodologies.
  • Integrate managerial and leadership skills in the design, delivery, and promotion of collaborative problem-solving plans in an international context.
  • Formulate responses to critical challenges in international affairs through research, policy advocacy, and evidence-based intervention.

Read more about Program Learning Outcomes.


This program requires completion of the Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement for graduation. Details can be found in the Catalog.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information.

This is SIT

  • We value active togetherness, reciprocity, and respect as the essential ingredients for building a sustainable community.
  • With open minds, empathy, and courage, we facilitate intercultural understanding and respect for the commonalities and differences between people.
  • We champion social inclusion & justice in all that we are and all that we do, from ensuring our community and our programs amplify the voices, agency, and dignity of all people to deliberately instilling the principles and practices of inclusion in all of our work.
  • We are committed to human and environmental well-being through sustainability and contributing to a better world for all living and future generations.

Semester One: United States and Switzerland (14 Credits)

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

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 
  • Professional Development Seminar

Semester Three: Practicum and Capstone (8 Credits)

  • Practicum 
  • Capstone Paper 
  • Capstone Seminar and Presentation  

Professional Practicum

A cornerstone of the SIT Global Master’s in Diplomacy and International Relations is the practicum. This will allow you to apply learning from the classroom directly to real-world settings while getting hands-on, professional experience you can put to immediate use after you graduate. 

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 work in the field of international affairs, as well as expand your professional network. 

During the practicum phase, you will 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. 

Faculty & Staff

Diplomacy & International Relations (Full-Time)

Bruce W. Dayton, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations • Chair and Associate Professor, MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management • Associate Professor, MA in International Education • Associate Professor, MA in Sustainable Development Practice • Director, Certificate in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT)
Goran Jovanovic, PhD
Co-Chair and Affiliated Faculty, Switzerland, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations
Joseph Lanning, PhD
Chair and Assistant Professor, MA in Sustainable Development Practice • Assistant Professor, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations • Affiliated Faculty, MA in Sustainable Development Practice
Alecia Ndlovu, PhD candidate
Affiliated Faculty, South Africa, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations
Zwelethu Jolobe, PhD
Affiliated Faculty, South Africa, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations
Stewart Chirova, MS, MPS
Program Coordinator, South Africa, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations
Esperanza Duran, PhD
Affiliated Faculty, Switzerland, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations
Alexandre Lambert, PhD
Faculty, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations
Orli Fridman, PhD
Chair and Affiliated Faculty, Serbia, MA in Social Justice and Advocacy • Affiliated Faculty, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations • Affiliated Faculty, MA in Humanitarian Assistance and Crisis Management • Affiliated Faculty, MA in Sustainable Development Practice
Elias Phaahla, PhD
Affiliated Faculty, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations


You will be supported by SIT staff on location in arranging housing during your time abroad and traveling to Washington, DC. Stay in small hotels (shared or private); guesthouses (these are simple, inexpensive and clean, and may include food); or ask to be placed with a homestay family, where you will be immersed in the local culture and customs. Please note that homestayare less expensive but also less independent. 

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