Earn Two Master’s Degrees in Three Years; Study in Paris
Arcadia University and its partner institution in France, the American Graduate School in Paris, jointly offer an accelerated Dual Masters program allowing students to earn two Master’s degrees in three years: a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) at Arcadia University, and a Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD) at the American Graduate School in Paris. Students also have the opportunity to earn a certificate of concentration in the following areas of study, along with their M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy: African Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, European Studies and Asian Studies, NGO Management. The accelerated dual degree program permits students to earn two Masters Degrees in three years.
Students in this program spend three semesters in the United States, at Arcadia University, and three semesters in Paris, France, at the American Graduate School in Paris. They may choose to start the program at either of the two institutions. Each portion of the program provides a different cultural and academic experience, while both have in common a challenging and student-dedicated learning environment.
Arcadia’s Partner in France
The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) has been Arcadia’s partner since 2006. AGS is a non-profit institution offering U.S. higher education programs in France. All courses are taught in English. The school takes advantage of the many opportunities that Paris offers in the study and practice of international relations, with the presence of numerous intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and diplomatic missions. This, combined with the school’s multicultural faculty and student body, provides students with a true international experience.
The program is structured to develop competencies in:
Theories and dynamics of international relations, conflict, conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction and development, international law & organizations.
Tools and techniques of conflict management, conflict resolution and conflict transformation.
Conflict analysis, which involves developing an understanding of how states and other third parties impact conflict.
The methods used to diffuse conflict on a variety of levels— interpersonal, groups and institutions.
Interdisciplinary perspectives on the fields of international relations, international diplomacy, international peace and conflict resolution.
Analysis of the roots of foreign policy actions and their influences (geographic, linguistic, religious, institutional, sociological, etc.).
History of political formulation and implementation of foreign policy.
Critical thinking skills and research methods, which span the spectrum of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Cultural sensitivity and inter-cultural understandings through international and field experiences and an extended cross-cultural experience, which enhances students’ ability to work in diverse international settings.
Oral presentation and communication skills.
The knowledge and skills acquired during this dual degree program can be applied to a vast array of fields in government, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as international business and other professional areas involving interaction at the international level: human rights, diplomacy, international law, humanitarian relief, environmental policymaking, sustainable development, and conflict management, among others. The combination of the two degrees will enhance students’ career options in these various fields.
Candidates to the dual program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR)/International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD) may apply to start at either of the two participating institutions: at Arcadia University, in the United States, or at the American Graduate School in Paris, in France. Applications must be made to the institution where they wish to start.
Please note that admission into the other institution to pursue the second degree will follow on the condition that the student is in good academic standing at the first institution. Additional elements to transition to the second institution may be asked of the candidate at the discretion of the Program Director.
Students pursuing one of the two degrees individually may decide during the course of their studies to opt for the dual degree option. They will then have to work with the Academic Coordinator of each program to ensure that their curriculum meets the degree requirements. However, applicants are encouraged to determine in advance if they wish to follow the dual degree track.
Admission to the IPCR Program
Program-Specific Admission Requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements, the following program-specific requirements must be met. Arcadia University welcomes applications for this program from college graduates of all majors, especially those who have demonstrated scholastic excellence and a commitment to international peace and conflict resolution. Related experience and achievements, either domestic or international, also are desirable. The program requests the following from applicants:
An International Peace and Conflict Resolution application, including personal statements, to be completed online atwww.arcadia.edu/gradapp.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or higher.
One official transcript from each college, university, or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
Three letters of recommendation from persons who are able to judge the applicant’s qualifications to undertake graduate work abroad. At least two recommendations must be from a professor.
GREs are not required for admission to the IPCR program. In exceptional cases, after reviewing an applicant’s academic record and non-academic experience, the Director may waive one or more prerequisites.
International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language, except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States is also required.
There are two intakes every year for the International Relations and Diplomacy program. The application deadline for the Fall semester is July 15; the application deadline for the Spring semester is December 15. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Notification of admission status will be mailed to the applicant within four weeks of receipt of a completed application.
Tuition and Expenses
Tuition for this dual degree option comprises the full tuition of the two-year program at the institution where the student starts, and tuition for one additional year, paid directly to the second institution.