Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs






Program Duration


Credit Hours              

Cost Per Credit Hour

3 Semesters (On Average)

Abu Dhabi & Dubai


AED 4,267

Zayed University educates and trains future generations of diplomats from the United Arab Emirates as well as professionals from around the world for successful careers in diplomacy and international affairs.

The interdisciplinary nature of the program with a focus on the United Arab Emirates and Gulf Region, prepares professionals ready to contribute with innovative ideas to the challenges and opportunities that the public and private sectors face in the 21st century.

Participants will be knowledgeable about local and international contemporary history, the characteristics and major elements of an interconnected global economy, the law of the nations, and modern theories in international politics.

Graduate Student Reflection


I Holding a graduate degree from a highly reputable university such as Zayed University was a great opportunity for me. The University’s name itself reflects great pride as it holds the name of the founder of this great nation – H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. I was very keen in rejoining Zayed University after graduating from the Executive Masters in Health Care Administration for many reasons. As a healthcare administrator, I found the unique Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs program as the ideal graduate degree program to further develop my communication and negotiation skills that are also excellent for career advancement. The University also offered a high quality academic curriculum and provided me a chance to polish my leadership skills and improve my managerial capabilities.

Highly qualified and experienced professors provided personal and direct guidance to students. The faculty have both excellent academic backgrounds as well as years of real life experience in the field of diplomacy. Students were also supported by a range of academic support services designed to assist us to achieve the best outcomes. This has made my studies so much more fruitful.

The program has equipped me with the in-depth knowledge and tools that improved my professional and personal skills and more so my decision-making abilities. I was privileged to interact with students from different backgrounds other than health care thus providing me with an opportunity to further develop my professional network.

My overall experience at Zayed University was truly outstanding and the program learning outcomes have positively impacted my career advancement and promotion.


Ali Obaid Saeed Khalaf AlShamsi
Executive Masters in Health Care Administration Graduate with Higher Distinction
Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs Graduate with Higher Distinction

Professional Outcomes

The program prepares students for careers within the Foreign Service, Ministry of Interior, Department of Defense or other government organizations, international civil service, international NGOs (working in fields such as development and humanitarian assistance), think tanks and news media.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Political and Economic Knowledge
    Upon successful completion of the program, the student will demonstrate a detailed understanding of advanced political, economic, and historical concepts, a strong ability to connect these various disciplines together when explaining local and international events, and advanced skills when evaluating current international affairs and state relations.

  • Research and Communication Capacity
    Upon successful completion of the program, the student will show an advanced ability to investigate, assess and use data from multiple sources using information technology tools, a solid proficiency in qualitative research methods when executing high-quality projects whether independently or as part of a team, highly-developed problem-solving skills when evaluating complex concepts and information, and a strong ability to present and explain findings to a wider audience.

  • Global Awareness
    Upon successful completion of the program, the student will assess and critique the various political, economic, historical and social forces affecting events in various areas of the world, analyze the many socio-cultural norms shaping the international system, and appraise complex ethical issues happening in different contexts to form educated and informed opinions.

  • Public Diplomacy
    Upon successful completion of the program, the student will apply complex tools of public diplomacy in the conduct of foreign relations and demonstrate responsibility and autonomy when initiating and undertaking diplomatic and professional exercises in the classroom and at the workplace.

  • Global-Local Relations
    Upon successful completion of the program, the student will analyze the role of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in international affairs, evaluate the complex political, administrative, and legal structure of the state, and produce, in a responsible and autonomous way, further approaches, strategies and practices to the understanding of the UAE’s contributions to the international political and economic system.


Orientation Seminar

At the beginning of the program, students take an intensive one-day orientation. The orientation offers several workshops to introduce students to the University and its resources, the program and communication and virtual classroom software such as BlackBoard Learn and Collaborate, MS Outlook, Extranet, and Bannerweb.

To earn a Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs degree, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of study. Twenty-four (24) credit hours must be taken from Core Courses and six (6) credit hours from Area Studies Courses.

Program Required Courses (24 Credit Hours Required)

POL623 International Relations
HIS633 Diplomatic History: The Shaping of Contemporary International Affairs
POL643 International Political Economy
POL653 Public Diplomacy
LAW663 The United Arab Emirates: Political and Administrative Structure
POL673 International Relations of the U.A.E.
POL683 Politics of Oil
POL693 Security Studies

Area Studies Courses (6 Credit Hours Required)

Students will have to enroll in two courses with an Area Studies focus which will be based on the needs of each individual class.

POL614 The Middle East
POL615 Africa
POL616 East Asia
POL617 Latin America
POL618 Modern Turkey
Program Delivery

Program Duration

The program is delivered in English over 3 semesters at Zayed University located in Abu Dhabi & Dubai.

Course Delivery Format

Courses are delivered in 8-week terms.  Classes are generally scheduled on weeknights – Sundays through Wednesdays – starting at 5:00 PM.  Each course meets twice each week.

For more information on the admission deadline, start date and location for delivery of the program, please visit the Key Dates section of the website.


Courses in the graduate program are taught by select professors from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences who are experts in their fields and possess diverse international research experience.

Knowledge gained during classes is further enhanced by sharing real-world experience with other students, guest lecturers, top professionals and leaders in the field of diplomacy and international affairs.


Zayed University's highly successful Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs program is designed to equip future senior managers with the specialized knowledge and cutting edge leadership skills needed to manage and lead organizations in constantly changing global marketplaces. The flexible program schedule meet the needs of working professionals who wish to undertake a master's degree program without taking a break from their current job or responsibilities. As students can immediately apply their insights and newly acquired knowledge and skills in the workplace, they will provide significant value to their employers during their studies.


Dr. Hamdy A. Hassan
Department of International Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences


The classes of the Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs program are vibrant, highly interactive and draw on the combined experience of mature students and faculty. Small class sizes allow for collaboration, discussion, personal attention and support. This dynamic, interactive learning environment fosters long-term, mutually beneficial relationships and helps build and maintain professional networks for career advancement.

Dr. Yolanda Spies
Associate Professor
Department of International Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences


The Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs program offers participants the opportunity to develop core skills such as communication and cross cultural management as well as an in-depth knowledge of diplomatic history, political economy, and regional and global relations. Topics in the International Relations course such as sovereignty, freedom and security give participants a thorough grounding in many of the foundations, theories, and practices that govern state relations. Classes are interactive and discussions are stimulating. Participants show impressive levels of commitment and motivation. As the majority of students have several years of professional, full-time work experience from different sectors and industries, the diverse professional backgrounds of participants together with their different insights and perspectives bring real-world learning into the classroom.

Dr. Justin Gibbins
Assistant Professor
Department of International Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Cost

AED 128,000 (including text books and course materials)

For more information on the program cost, payment procedure and financial support, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of the website.


Students must complete all required courses in the approved program curriculum and achieve a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Zayed University

Abu Dhabi & Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971-2-599-3605



Program Recognition

  • Ministry of Education

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Program Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Requirements
  • Additional Requirements

    • A writing sample in English. Limit the writing sample to five print pages in 12 pt. font

    • An interview may be requested

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