M.A. International Relations & Diplomacy
The Master of Arts in International Relations & Diplomacy is a 2-year, internationally accredited program offering a modern and interdisciplinary education in international relations & diplomacy. You will earn a globally recognized American and European B.A. degree.
|Accreditation||WASC + MSMT|
|Degree||Master of Arts|
|Intake||Fall / Spring|
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About the program
The International Relations and Diplomacy graduate program takes full advantage of Prague’s central location in Europe. 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.
Intercultural communication and critical thinking are encouraged in a curriculum delivered by an international faculty of experts. Personal and cultural history flavor the program’s curriculum to create unparalleled education in International Relations and Diplomacy.
“What I have liked the most is the quality of the professors. They are very specialized and they encourage students to participate and get the greatest possible benefit. Every class is multicultural and more than just a place to listen, but more like a healthy debate where you can express your opinions and learn from all of your classmate’s different points of view.“
Martin Perez, IRD student
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 further 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.
Beyond the classroom, you can join practice your debate skills at a faculty-student debate or discuss current political issues with professors and local experts at an event like ‘Professors in the Pub’ or ‘Research and Creative Coffee’.
AAU’s Career Center also connects students with numerous professional internships in the Czech Republic and abroad every year.
International Relations & Diplomacy is a 2-year study program. Students have to accumulate 60 US credits (120 ECTS credits) by completing 20 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
Students can choose 5 elective courses offered by the School of International Relations & Diplomacy as listed below:
American Foreign Policy in Film
Central European History
Democracy in the USA
Democratization and Survival of Autocrats
Editorial Cartoons in Political and Social Science
(The) Emergence of the Modern Middle East
Germany in the 20th Century
Islam and the West
(The) Legacies of Totalitarianism: Post-Totalitarian Europe
Non-Violent Conflict: Theory and Application
Political Parties and Party Systems
Russian Foreign Policy
Sustainable Development: From Global Vision to Meaningful Practice
Terrorism in Global Politics
US – UK Special Relationship
US National Security Policy
Students are also required to complete the Thesis Seminar, Internship, and Thesis.
Having passed all the required and elective courses, students complete their study by taking state exams and defending their thesis.
For more information on the modular structure and the study program, please contact our admissions team at email@example.com.
Graduates of the M.A. in International Relations & Diplomacy can expect to:
- Situate their arguments within the general ontological and epistemological frameworks of International Relations; apply relevant methods, theories, and levels of analysis in building arguments.
- Be well-grounded in the institutional framework of international relations.
- Apply theories to understand history and current events in international politics.
- Apply theories to understand the working of the global economy, and to assess the role of various actors and institutions.
- Choose appropriate negotiation strategies in various cultural and political contexts.
AAU graduates thrive in multinational environments and are able to communicate professionally in English to international audiences. As a graduate of this degree program, you will be well equipped to continue your studies or pursue a global career in areas such as:
- Cultural Management
- Social Research and Publishing
- Reporting and Administration
- Public Service
- Humanitarian Government or NGO’s
See what our students have to say
I choose AAU for its program in IR because I believe it to be superior to other state universities. The fact that the university provides an environment where discussion and critical thinking are enhanced, is a large plus. Moreover, it solidified my views about my future career in politics.
Political Advisor, USA
I can’t touch on my AAU experience without bringing up prof. Zuzana Fellegi. She is the perfect lecturer - intelligent, ambitious, fair, supportive and easy to understand. Her expectations were high in class, but so were her rewards if you were willing to work hard and follow her instructions. And her pedagogical skills are unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before or since. Her International Organizations-class should be compulsory for all students in all faculties - it is a large part of the reason why I got the job I have now at the UN Association.
Advisor at UN Association of Norway, Norway