Dual Degree Requirements for the M.A. in International Peace & Conflict Resolution and M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy

(65-68 credits)

In order to complete the dual degree program and graduate with the M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy, students are required to successfully complete 65-68 graduate credit-hours. The following curricula may be adjusted in coordination with the Director or Coordinator of each program. Degree requirements include a Capstone Seminar at Arcadia University, as well as the completion and defense of a 25,000 to 35,000 word Master’s thesis at the American Graduate School in Paris.

Students starting with International Peace and Conflict Resolution

First Semester (Courses held on the Arcadia Campus)

Required Courses

  • IP 501 Introduction to Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • IP 504 Foundations of Conflict Analysis
  • IP 511 Introduction to International Law
  • Plus one elective (from the list of electives below) or Introduction to Microeconomics or Introduction to Macroeconomics. Please note: The American Graduate School in Paris requires all students to take a higher level course in economic policy and thus there is a requirement for students to have introductory knowledge of both microeconomics and macroeconomics prior to taking this course at AGS. Therefore, students are encouraged to take two introductory courses in economics (Introduction to Microeconomics and Introduction to Macroeconomics) prior to beginning at AGS. Should students not be able to take these courses prior to their arrival in Paris, AGS does offer an equivalent which counts as an elective course towards the degree.

Second Semester (Courses held on the Arcadia Campus)

Required Courses

  • Four electives from the list of electives below or Introduction to Microeconomics or Introduction to Macroeconomics

List of International Peace and Conflict Resolution Elective Courses*

  • IP 511 Introduction to International Law
  • IP 515 Mediation
  • IP 520 International Security
  • IP 522 Conflict Resolution in Deeply Divided Societies
  • IP 524 Conflict Management (online)
  • IP 533 Conflict Transformation
  • IP 535 Economics, the Environment and Development
  • IP 537 Restorative Justice (online)
  • IP 542 International Health and Human Rights
  • IP 543 Peace Perspectives of World Religions
  • IP 552** Kosovo and Serbia: Conflict, Governance and State Building
  • IP 574 NGOs in International Politics: Concepts & challenges
  • IP 578 NGO Management, Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • IP 585 Conflict, Governance and State Building

*Or others by permission of the program
** course number pending approval

Third Semester (Courses held on the Arcadia Campus)

Required Courses

  • IP 583 Internship/Fieldwork
  • IP 598 Capstone Seminar

Fourth Semester (Courses held at the American Graduate School in Paris, France)

Required Courses

  • IRD-R-584 Foreign Policy Formulation and Diplomacy
  • IRD-R-580 Factors and Theories of Analysis in International Relations and Diplomacy
  • IRD-R-581 Research Methodology and Design
  • Plus one elective course from the list of electives below

Fifth Semester (Courses held at the American Graduate School in Paris, France)

Required courses

  • IRD-R-586 Current Issues in International Relations
  • IRD-R-684 Current Economic Problems and Policies
  • IRD-T-690 Research and Proposal Tutorial
  • Plus one elective course from the list of electives below

Sixth Semester

Required Course

  • IRD-T-691 Thesis and Defense Tutorial Plus one elective course (See list of elective courses below)
  • Completion and defense of Master’s thesis

List of International Relations and Diplomacy Elective Courses (Two area courses are required)

  • IRD-E-501 Geopolitics and Geopolitics of Religion
  • IRD-E-602 Strategy and Conflict Resolution
  • IRD-E-603 Cultural Development and Awareness
  • IRD-E-504 Global Communications, Media and International Affairs
  • IRD-E-605 International Trade, Banking and Finance
  • IRD-E-506 Theory and Origins of Global Conflict
  • IRD-E-507 Principles of Economics Note: IRD-E-507 is required for students who have no previous study in Economics; these students will then only have only one area course required)
  • IRD-E-508 Beginnings of the Contemporary Political Order
  • IRD-E-509 Anthropology and Politics
  • IRD-E-610 Post-Modernity and IR&D
  • IRD-E-611 Comparative Politics
  • IRD-E-613 Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy
  • IRD-E-514 International Environmental Politics
  • IRD-E-616 Extreme Crisis Situations: Terrorism, Government and Media
  • IRD-E-617 Gender, Militarization and War
  • IRD-E-618 NGOs: An International Perspective
  • IRD-E-619 NGOs: Principles and Management
  • IRD-E-620 Diplomacy and International Law Area Elective Courses
  • IRD-EA-650 Central and South America
  • IRD-EA-670 European Foreign Policies
  • IRD-EA-671 The European Union and the World
  • IRD-EA-672 Russian Politics
  • IRD-EA-630 The History of the Modern Middle East
  • IRD-EA-631 Conflict in the Modern Middle East
  • IRD-EA-640 Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa
  • IRD-EA-641 The Scramble for African Resources
  • IRD-EA-660 Pacific Asia Since WWII
  • IRD-EA-661 China and East Asia

Students starting with International Relations and Diplomacy

First Semester (Courses held at the American Graduate School in Paris, France)

Required Courses

  • IRD-R-680 Factors and Theories of Analysis in International Relations and Diplomacy
  • IRD-R-681 Research Methodology and Design
  • Plus two other courses from the lists of additional required courses and electives below

Second Semester (Courses held at the American Graduate School in Paris, France)

Required Course

  • IRD-T-690 Research and Proposal Tutorial
  • Plus three other courses from the lists of additional required courses and electives below

Third Semester (Courses held at the American Graduate School in Paris, France)

Required Course

  • IRD-T-691 Thesis and Defense Tutorial
  • Plus one other course from the lists of additional required courses and electives below
  • Completion and defense of Master’s thesis

List of Additional International Relations and Diplomacy Required Courses

  • IRD-R-682 Foreign Policy Formulation and Diplomacy
  • IRD-R-583 International Public Law
  • IRD-R-684 Current Economic Problems and Policies
  • IRD-R-585 International Organizations
  • IRD-R-687 Current Issues in IR
  • List of International Relations and Diplomacy Electives (Two area courses are required)
  • IRD-E-501 Geopolitics and Geopolitics of Religion
  • IRD-E-602 Strategy and Conflict Resolution
  • IRD-E-603 Cultural Development and Awareness IRD-E-504 Global Communications, Media and International Affairs
  • IRD-E-605 International Trade, Banking and Finance
  • IRD-E-506 Theory and Origins of Global Conflict
  • IRD-E-507 Principles of Economics Note: IRD-E-507 is required for students who have no previous study in Economics; these students will then only have only one area course required)
  • IRD-E-508 Beginnings of the Contemporary Political Order
  • IRD-E-509 Anthropology and Politics
  • IRD-E-610 Post-Modernity and IR&D
  • IRD-E-611 Comparative Politics
  • IRD-E-613 Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy
  • IRD-E-514 International Environmental Politics
  • IRD-E-616 Extreme Crisis Situations: Terrorism, Government and Media
  • IRD-E-617 Gender, Militarization and War
  • IRD-E-618 NGOs: An International Perspective
  • IRD-E-619 NGOs: Principles and Management
  • IRD-E-620 Diplomacy and International Law
  • Area Elective Courses
  • IRD-EA-650 Central and South America
  • IRD-EA-670 European Foreign Policies
  • IRD-EA-671 The European Union and the World
  • IRD-EA-672 Russian Politics
  • IRD-EA-630 The History of the Modern Middle East
  • IRD-EA-631 Conflict in the Modern Middle East
  • IRD-EA-640 Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa
  • IRD-EA-641 The Scramble for African Resources
  • IRD-EA-660 Pacific Asia Since WWII
  • IRD-EA-661 China and East Asia

Fourth Semester (Courses held on the Arcadia campus)


Required Courses

  • IP 501 Introduction to Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • IP 504 Foundations of Conflict Analysis
  • IP 511 Introduction to International Law
  • 1 elective course

Fifth Semester (Courses held on the Arcadia Campus)

Required Courses

  • Elective courses: choose 4

List of International Peace and Conflict Resolution Elective Courses*

  • IP 515 Mediation
  • IP 520 International Security
  • IP 522 Conflict Resolution in Deeply Divided Societies
  • IP 524 Conflict Management (online)
  • IP 530 Social Life of War
  • IP 533 Conflict Transformation
  • IP 535 Economics, the Environment and Development
  • IP 537 Restorative Justice (online)
  • IP 542 International Health and Human Rights
  • IP 543 Peace Perspectives of World Religions
  • IP 552* Kosovo and Serbia: Conflict, Governance and State Building
  • IP 574 NGOs in International Politics: Concepts & challenges
  • IP 578 NGO Management, Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • IP 585 Post Conflict Reconstruction

* Course number pending approval

Sixth Semester (Courses held on the Arcadia Campus)

Required Courses

  • IP 583 Internship/Fieldwork (9 credits)
  • IP 598 Capstone Seminar

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