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Reading theory and case studies as I was living what I was reading while working for NATO and ISAF in Afghanistan was an amazing experience.


Rebecca Lloyd
Norwich Graduate, Class of 2015

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Master of Arts in Diplomacy

The world is ready for change. Are you ready to help change the world?

In today’s world, broad knowledge and specialized skills are required to build cooperation, defuse tension, and promote peace between and among nations, groups, and other entities. Our online Master of Arts in Diplomacy program helps you develop that skill set and prepares you to become an international problem solver in any sector, including public, private, nonprofit and the military.

A master’s degree in diplomacy from Norwich University carries weight. Our proud history as the nation’s first private military college and a long standing, unparalleled commitment to public service set our diplomacy program apart in academia and our graduates apart in the professional world.

 

 

Degree
  • Master of Arts
Concentrations
  • Cyber Diplomacy - Policy or Technical
  • International Commerce
  • International Conflict Management
  • International Terrorism

Why Norwich?


Develop skills to communicate more effectively within the complex international environment.

Gain a clear perspective on international diplomacy, leadership and conflict.

Tailor your diplomacy program studies based on your personal interests and career goals with 4 concentrations and the opportunity to pursue a thesis track.

Learn from and be mentored by expert faculty members, all of whom hold terminal degrees in their field.

Build a robust portfolio of research papers that you can leverage within your organization or submit as work samples to prospective employers.

Join a school with a nearly 200-year legacy and rich military history.

Apply to one of four start dates per year.

Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality  and low net cost of attendance, according to the U.S. News & World Report.*

*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

Quick Info

1 Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

15 Students

Maximum number of students per class

18 Months

Average time to program completion

3 December

Next Start Date

5 November

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. - the nation's oldest regional accrediting body - through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Regional Accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

 

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Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.

 

Curriculum

Online Master of Arts in Diplomacy Curriculum

Norwich’s online MDY program is made up of six courses, each of which is delivered over 11 for a total of 36 credit hours. Students master one course at a time, to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics.

Our graduates can:

  • Build cooperation, defuse tension, and promote peace between and among nations, groups, and other entities.
  • Develop a strong foundational understanding of diplomacy, diplomatic history, and the international system.
  • Focus on the area of diplomacy that is most relevant to your career path and educational goals.
  • Function effectively and manage teams across borders and in different kinds of organizations.

Core Curriculum

For the first course of the program, students have the option of choosing from either Theory and the International System (GD510) or The History of Diplomacy in the International System (GD511). All students in the diplomacy program will take Law and the International System (GD520) as their second course.

  • Theory and the International System
    GD510 6 credit hours

    You will review the basic theories that govern international relations and political science. The course also traces the historical evolution of diplomacy within the international system, providing a sense of its progression and an awareness of the milestones of diplomatic interaction within that system.

  • The History of Diplomacy in the International System
    GD511 6 credit hours

    This course provides a comprehensive overview of diplomacy, international relations, and world order in the context of the modern state system from 1648 to the present. The international political environment is introduced through studies in foreign policy decision making, combining history and political science in an analytical framework of historiography and international relations methodology.

  • Law and the International System
    GD520 6 credit hours

    You will explore the structure of the international system as defined by its rules and guidelines. The course presents an introduction to international law terminology and its history and theory. Laws surrounding conflict, war, war crimes, and the rising areas of international law, environmental law, and laws concerning humanitarian intervention will be explored. Of special interest will be laws pertaining to human rights.

Choose a Concentration in Diplomacy

After completing the core curriculum, you will choose a concentration that fits your career and professional goals.

International Commerce

Develop knowledge, competencies, and tools to deal with international populations including the public, government, media, online, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Seminar Three:
Economics and the International System (GD530)

Seminar Four:
Global Commerce and the International System (GD544)

Seminar Five:
Cross-Cultural Management in the International System (GD554)

Elective Options for Seminar Six:
Global Corporate Diplomacy (GD564)
Diplomacy and Communication (GD567)
Diplomacy in Practice (GD541)

  • Economics and the International System
    GD530 6 credit hours

    You will explore the international economic system, examine the impact of modernization within the system, and investigate the controversy over the concept of globalization and the debate of free trade versus protectionism. You will become familiar with the international financial network and its institutions. Special attention will be given to Third World development issues and the concept of economics as a tool of diplomacy and military power.

  • Global Commerce and the International System
    GD544 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on internal and external environmental conditions affecting commerce in a global environment. You will evaluate the role of private-sector commerce in the international system and explore the impact of economics, law, politics, and culture on multinational commerce endeavors. You will also analyze country-specific data and internal organizational factors that influence managerial decision making in multinational organizations. You will gain an understanding of the global commerce environment and enhance your ability to function effectively across borders.

  • Cross-Cultural Management in the International System
    GD554 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on fundamental topics in human resources management as they pertain to globally active corporate, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. You will build skills in managing intercultural human resources differences; selecting, evaluating, and compensating employees in international assignments; training and developing expatriate employees; dealing with culture shock; and the effects of repatriation. You will be asked to apply the concepts of conflict management, resolution, and avoidance to specific work situations.

  • Global Corporate Diplomacy
    GD564 6 credit hours

    The course addresses the dependence of international commerce upon public goodwill, the development of which is the function of corporate diplomacy. You will develop the knowledge, competencies, and tools for implementing strategic communications in order to deal effectively with international constituencies, including the government, the news media, the Internet, and NGOs. Special emphasis will be given to developing and applying analytical skills to shape public opinion, build corporate reputation, and deal with crisis in a cross-cultural environment.

International Terrorism

Examine the role of state-sponsored terrorism within the international community.

Seminar Three:
Economics and the International System (GD530)

Elective Options for Seminar Four:
Terrorism: Introduction and State-Sponsored Terrorism (GD542)
International Security (GD546)

Elective Options for Seminar Five:
International Terrorisim by Non-State Actors (GD552)
International Security (GD546)

Elective Options for Seminar Six:
International Response to Transnational Terrorism (GD562)
Diplomacy and Communications (GD567)
Diplomacy in Practice (GD541)

  • Economics and the International System
    GD530 6 credit hours

    You will explore the international economic system, examine the impact of modernization within the system, and investigate the controversy over the concept of globalization and the debate of free trade versus protectionism. You will become familiar with the international financial network and its institutions. Special attention will be given to Third World development issues and the concept of economics as a tool of diplomacy and military power.

International Conflict Management

Address the multiple schools of debate concerning the causes of international conflict and war and assess conflict in all its forms.

Seminar Three:
Economics and the International System (GD530)

Elective Options for Seminar Four:
Conflict Avoidance, Prevention and Containment in the International System (GD540)
International Security (GD546)

Elective Options for Seminar Five:
Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the International System (GD550)
International Security (GD546)

Elective Options for Seminar Six:
Military Intervention and Conflict Management in the International System (GD560)
Human Rights and Conflict in the International System (GD561)
Diplomacy and Communication (GD567)
Diplomacy in Practice (GD541)

  • Economics and the International System
    GD530 6 credit hours

    You will explore the international economic system, examine the impact of modernization within the system, and investigate the controversy over the concept of globalization and the debate of free trade versus protectionism. You will become familiar with the international financial network and its institutions. Special attention will be given to Third World development issues and the concept of economics as a tool of diplomacy and military power.

Cyber Diplomacy Concentration – Policy Track

Study today’s fundamental issues, debates, and events in international relations pertinent to the world of cyberspace. The cyber policy coursework will be taught from the curriculum in Norwich's Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program.

For the policy track, students will take the courses listed below:

Elective Options for Seminar Three:
Economics in the International System (GD530)
Conflict Avoidance, Prevention and Containment in the International System (GD540)
Terrorism: Introduction and State-Sponsored Terrorism (GD542)
Global Commerce and the International System (GD544)
Global Corporate Diplomacy (GD564)
Human Rights and Conflict in the International System (GD561)
Diplomacy and Communication (GD567)

Elective Options for Seminar Four:
Cyber Policy I (GD547)
Cyber Crime (GI556)
Cyber Law (GI557)

Elective Options for Seminar Five:
Cyber Policy II (GD557)
Critical Infrastructure Protection (GI566)
International Perspectives on Cyberspace (GI567)

Seminar Six:
Cyber Diplomacy (GD568)

  • Economics and the International System
    GD530 6 credit hours

    You will explore the international economic system, examine the impact of modernization within the system, and investigate the controversy over the concept of globalization and the debate of free trade versus protectionism. You will become familiar with the international financial network and its institutions. Special attention will be given to Third World development issues and the concept of economics as a tool of diplomacy and military power.

  • Global Commerce and the International System
    GD544 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on internal and external environmental conditions affecting commerce in a global environment. You will evaluate the role of private-sector commerce in the international system and explore the impact of economics, law, politics, and culture on multinational commerce endeavors. You will also analyze country-specific data and internal organizational factors that influence managerial decision making in multinational organizations. You will gain an understanding of the global commerce environment and enhance your ability to function effectively across borders.

  • Global Corporate Diplomacy
    GD564 6 credit hours

    The course addresses the dependence of international commerce upon public goodwill, the development of which is the function of corporate diplomacy. You will develop the knowledge, competencies, and tools for implementing strategic communications in order to deal effectively with international constituencies, including the government, the news media, the Internet, and NGOs. Special emphasis will be given to developing and applying analytical skills to shape public opinion, build corporate reputation, and deal with crisis in a cross-cultural environment.

Cyber Diplomacy – Technical Track

  • Economics and the International System
    GD530 6 credit hours

    You will explore the international economic system, examine the impact of modernization within the system, and investigate the controversy over the concept of globalization and the debate of free trade versus protectionism. You will become familiar with the international financial network and its institutions. Special attention will be given to Third World development issues and the concept of economics as a tool of diplomacy and military power.

  • Global Commerce and the International System
    GD544 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on internal and external environmental conditions affecting commerce in a global environment. You will evaluate the role of private-sector commerce in the international system and explore the impact of economics, law, politics, and culture on multinational commerce endeavors. You will also analyze country-specific data and internal organizational factors that influence managerial decision making in multinational organizations. You will gain an understanding of the global commerce environment and enhance your ability to function effectively across borders.

  • Global Corporate Diplomacy
    GD564 6 credit hours

    The course addresses the dependence of international commerce upon public goodwill, the development of which is the function of corporate diplomacy. You will develop the knowledge, competencies, and tools for implementing strategic communications in order to deal effectively with international constituencies, including the government, the news media, the Internet, and NGOs. Special emphasis will be given to developing and applying analytical skills to shape public opinion, build corporate reputation, and deal with crisis in a cross-cultural environment.

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive exam is a requirement of the diplomacy program and is part of the graduation requirement. The exam will cover material from the entire program in a series of essay questions and is administered during the student's final course.

Optional Thesis Track

The thesis track is available for students who wish to have the traditional thesis experience with faculty mentorship and a culminating research paper, which is often the basis for a future publication. Outside of the degree completion requirements, students can choose to add this thesis after all six courses are completed. Pending program director approval for candidacy acceptance, your thesis will have a formal board of examination, supervision, and research process. Students who successfully defend a thesis may be exempt from the Comprehensive Exam requirement.

Residency

Our diplomacy program ends in a residency at the historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. During this time you will have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus.

 

Admissions

Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees

Careers & Outcomes

Career Opportunities for Master of Arts in Diplomacy Graduates

Our diplomacy program prepares students from diverse professional backgrounds for a wide range of careers. Our graduates have pursued a variety of roles, including:

Career Roles

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Ambassador
  • Attorney-Advisor
  • Border Patrol Intelligence
  • Communications Director
  • Government Relations Director
  • Intelligence Advisor
  • Lead Business Intelligence Analyst
  • News Director

Our alumni have attained positions at top organizations, including*:

Places of Work

  • Department of Defense
  • Internet Infrastructure Coalition
  • Iowa Department of Public Safety
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Michelin Corporation
  • North Dakota State University
  • Stone & Associates
  • U.S. Army

What our graduates have to say*:

  • 83% feel their workplace skills have been enhanced since earning their online Diplomacy degree
  • 81% of responding Norwich University graduates who wanted to advance in their career said they were successful in doing so
  • 58% of Norwich University graduates in 2016 earned more than $80,000 per year.
  • Read more about our Master of Arts in Diplomacy student outcomes.

*Source: Norwich University Master of Arts in Diplomacy Graduate Survey, fielded March 2016

Where are Norwich Alumni Today?

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Jeffrey Orzechowski

Named a fellow in the 34th class of the Robert Bosch Foundational Fellowship Program.

Class of 2015,
Master of Arts in Diplomacy

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Thomas Garrett

Alumnus awarded Mongolia’s Medal of Friendship.

Class of 2010,
Master of Arts in Diplomacy

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Kenneth Alexander

Alumnus named mayor of Virginia city.

Class of 2006,
Master of Arts in Diplomacy

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Andrew Campbell, PhD

Alumnus presents at world conference for restorative practices.

Class of 2009,
Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Faculty & Staff

Our Master of Arts in Diplomacy program is led by dedicated faculty and staff members that are available to help you reach your academic, professional, and personal goals. Our faculty members hold terminal degrees in their field and are subject matter experts in the diplomacy field, including conflict management and resolution, international security, and global communications.

We have an in-house instructional design team that work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience in each course.

Program Director

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Lasha Tchantouridzé, PhD

Dr. Lasha Tchantouridzé is Professor and Director of the graduate programs in Diplomacy and International Relations. He is also a Davis Center Associate, Harvard University, Boston, MA; Research Fellow, the Center for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; and Advisory Board Member of Peace & War Center at Norwich University. He earned his PhD in International Relations from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Tchantouridzé’s research interests are at the intersection of diplomacy and force in international politics, and his academic publications are in the areas of geopolitics, Russian foreign policy, Canadian foreign policy, the Arctic, the Black Sea basin, international politics in the Caucasus, and NATO-Russia relations.

Recent Publications:

“The Black Sea question in Russo-Turkish Relations,” in Contemporary Russo-Turkish Relations: From Crisis to Cooperation, ed. by Ali Askerov, Lexington Books, 2018.

“Contending Policies of Russia and Turkey: The Syrian Crisis,” co-authored with Ali Askerov, in Contemporary Russo-Turkish Relations: From Crisis to Cooperation, ed. by Ali Askerov, Lexington Books, 2018.

“Appeasement of Russia and the Return of Great Power Politics in Europe,” Eastern Europe – Regional Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2017.

“საპარლამენტო სისტემის პრობლემები განვითარებადი დემოკრატიის პირობებში” (“Problems of the Parliamentary System in Developing Democracies,” in Georgian), პოლიტიკა (Politics), 2017, Vol. 1, No. 3.

“Unipolarity: End of an Error,” in Michael Hawes and Christopher Kirkey, eds. Canadian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Canada’s Northern Dilemma: Resurgent Russia and the Competition over the Arctic,” Asian Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2, fall 2014.

“Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan: Comparing Canadian and Soviet Efforts,” International Journal, a special issue: Canada and Afghanistan: a Political, Diplomatic, Security, Economic & Social Assessment, Volume LXVIII, No. 2, summer 2013.

“Unipolarity: Theories, Images, and Canada’s Foreign Policy Priorities” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Volume 18, Issue 2, 2012.

“Political Economy of Kyrgyzstan’s Domestic (In)Stability,” The Journal of Central Asian Studies, Srinagar, Kashmir, Vol. XX, No. 1, 2011, pp. 89-102. 

“Realpolitik and the Russo-Georgian War: Three Years On,” with Ryan Dessayn, Central Asia and the Caucasus 13 (1) 2012. 
In Russian: Лаша Чантуридзе и Р. Дессейнь, «Realpolitik и война России с Грузией: Три года спустя,»  Центральная Азия и Кавказ 15 (1), 2012.

“Canada and the New Russian-European Condominium,” Canadian Military Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3.
In French: “Le nouveau condominium russo-européen : Réévaluer les engagements pris par le Canada envers l’Europe en matière de défense,” Revue Militaire Canadienne, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011.

Courses:

GD510 Theory and the International System
GD542 Terrorism: Introduction and State Sponsored Terrorism
GD560 Military Intervention and Conflict Management in the International System
IR510 World Politics – International Relations
IR531 National Security

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