Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs




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.

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Program Recognition

  • The program is approved by the UAE Ministry of Education.
  • Zayed University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs

Orientation Seminar

At the beginning of the program, students take an intensive one-day orientation. The orientation offers a number of 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.


In order 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

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Course Delivery

Course Duration

The program is delivered in Arabic and English over a period of 24 months at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.

Course Delivery

Three courses are delivered face-to-face one-at-a-time during three evenings from 17:00-20:00 on weekdays (Sunday, Monday and Wednesday) over the course of a semester.

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  • Admission is open to males and females of all nationalities.
  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited university.
  • IELTS (Academic) overall band score of not less than 6.0 or an internet-based TOEFL total score of not less than 79 iBT.

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Program Cost

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

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Graduation Requirement

Graduate students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in course work taken in fulfillment of the requirements of a Master's degree.

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