The International Relations and Diplomacy graduate program takes full advantage of Prague’s central location in Europe. Intercultural communication and critical thinking are encouraged in a curriculum delivered by an international faculty of experts.

AAU’s location in Central Europe creates an academic community where students can experience individual and collaborative problem-solving in small, interactive, and culturally diverse classes. Personal and cultural histories flavor the program’s curriculum to create unparalleled education in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Globalization has created a new type of international environment, that challenges the known world order and demands reflection. The Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy program encourages students to identify, understand and criticize current geopolitical trends, conflicts and social movements with high academic proficiency.

The graduate program in International Relations and Diplomacy builds on theory and conceptual knowledge of world affairs with an emphasis on their application in individual or collective research in the fields of international relations, conflict studies, globalization and development or diplomatic history. The curriculum offers a broad range of elective courses allowing our students to pursue their interests and fruther develop critical thinking. Throughout studies, our graduate students cultivate their skills in research methods, diplomatic protocol or thesis writing seminar in preparation for work in governmental or non-governmental organizations, diplomacy, think tanks and academic institutions, as well as in international business organizations.

What I have liked the most is the quality of professors. They are well specialized and they encourage students to participate and get the greatest possible benefit. „Every class is multicultural and more than a place to listen, but more like a debate where you can learn from your classmates and all the different points of view.“

Martin Perez

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy can expect to:

  • Have an advanced knowledge and proficiency in the practice of international relations, diplomacy, international political economy, social theory, and research methods
  • Make strong use of leadership and decision-making strategies in multicultural, collaborative situations
  • Have experience in managing complex research assignments independently and in groups of international colleagues, and make decisions by negotiation and collaboration
  • Understand and uphold civic responsibility, identify ethical problems, and resourcefully structure debate with respect to civil society, colleagues, and opponents
  • Have a critical understanding of foundational histories of world powers in pre-modern and modern history

Practical Learning

Your Degree & After

Degree Awarded

Having completed all program requirements, students are conferred a Masters degree. The degree awarded is concurrently recognized as a Master of Arts (M.A.) in the United States, per AAU's accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and as a Magistr (Mgr.) accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. Graduates may select whether to use the U.S. post-nominal or the Czech title.

Career Prospects

Our graduates are prepared for success in highly professional positions in government and non-government organizations, diplomacy, think tanks and academic institutions, and international and supranational business organizations, where their knowledge and skill is required to make conclusions and recommendations. Our graduates are prepared particularly for where any of the above interact with activities in intercultrual communciation, media, the press, and research.

Gradates are also encouraged to user their title for application to Ph.D programs in the European Union, United States, Canada and many other countries.

Access to Ph.D. or other post-Graduate Studies

Our graduates are highly encouraged to apply for postgraduate study programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic, other EU countries, the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world.

Program Structure

For the course descriptions, please see the Online Course Catalog HERE

International Relations and Diplomacy is a 2-year study program. Students have to accumulate 60 US credits (120 ECTS credits) by completing 20 courses. 

Program Required Courses

  • IRS 500 Theories of International Relations
  • IRS 506 Conflict Studies
  • IRS 501 International Development
  • IRS 505 Europe in Global Politics
  • IRS 507 Current Issues in IR from Diplomatic Perspectives
  • IRS 503 International Law
  • IRS 504 International Organizations
  • POS 510 International Political Economy
  • POS 502 Theories of Globalization
  • IRS 511 Diplomatic Protocol and International Negotiations
  • IRS 508 Diplomatic History
  • POS 509 Advanced Research Methods
  • POS 540 Thesis Seminar
  • POS 545 Thesis

Internship

  • POS 541 Internship

Electives

  • IRD Elective
  • IRD Elective
  • IRD Elective
  • IRD Elective
  • IRD Elective

 

Recommended Course Structure

1st semester

  • Fall IRS 500 Theories of International Relations
  • Fall IRS 504 International Organizations
  • Fall POS 510 International Political Economy
  • Fall IRS 511 Diplomatic Protocol and International Negotiations
  • Fall IRS 508 Diplomatic History

2nd semester

  • Spring IRS 506 Conflict Studies
  • Spring IRS 501 International Development
  • Spring IRS 505 Europe in Global Politics or IRD Elective course
  • Spring IRS 503 International Law
  • Spring POS 509 Advanced Research Methods

3rd semester

  • Fall IRS 507 Current Issues in IR from the Diplomatic Perspective
  • Fall/Spring POS 540 Thesis Seminar
  • Fall/Spring IRD Elective
  • Fall/Spring IRD Elective
  • Fall/Spring POS 541 Internship

4th semester

  • Spring POS 502 Theories of Globalization
  • Fall/Spring POS 545 Thesis
  • Fall/Spring IRD Elective or Europe in Global Politics 
  • Fall/Spring IRD Elective
  • Fall/Spring IRD Elective 

Having passed all the required and elective courses, students complete their study  by taking state exams and defending their thesis. 

 

More Information

 

Exam and Assessment Regulation

AAU uses the U.S. grading and evaluation system complemented by the European Credit Transfer System (“ECTS”). For more information on assessment and related policies see the Study and Examination Code in the Academic Codex

Accreditation
The M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy program was accredited by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on 12 July, 2006 (code number N6704) thereby qualifying graduates to apply for admission to Ph.D. programs at private and public universities in the Czech Republic and other members of the European Union,the United States, Canada, and many other countries. The program was further re-accredited on 29 April 2009. The blended „weekend“ form of this program was accredited by the Ministry on September 30 2010.

Study Abroad
AAU actively participates in the EU's Erasmus+ exchange program with over 30 European university partners. Additional exchanges exist with universities in North America, Australia, and Asia. These exchanges enable students to partially complete their studies in another country. Ask the Dean for more information on what Erasmus+ and exchange opportunities might be available.

Internship & Mentoring
All students at AAU’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences are required to complete an internship credit. The School of International Relations & Diplomacy and the Career Center offer assistance, advice and guidance to ensure that students are able to fulfill this requirement. Ask the Career Center Specialist for more information on what internship opportunities are currently available.