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.
WHY A MASTER'S IN DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS?
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 four-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. Students also complete a final ‘capstone’ paper, comprised of original research on a topic of your choosing and under the direction of your advisor. 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, a non-governmental organization working in the international sector, 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.