PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Seton Hall University

School of Diplomacy and International Relations


Just minutes from New York City and a few hours from Washington, D.C., Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and International Relations is an ideal place to study international affairs. Established in a strategic partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA/ United Nations Foundation, the School of Diplomacy is the first among APSIA schools to be launched after the Cold War. This is reflected in our innovative multi-lateral curriculum - preparing global service minded leaders for successful careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

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Degrees Offered

M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations (MADIR), featuring 13 Specializations

Executive M.S., International Affairs - Professionals with seven years of work experience can apply to complete their master's degree in an accelerated, ten course sequence.


JD/MADIR - Pursue a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School along with your M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations.

MA, Asian Studies/MADIR - Deepen your focus on East Asia studies with a 60 credit program from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Diplomacy.

MA, Strategic Communication/MADIR - Thrive in the complex world of global corporate relations with this dual degree program from the College of Communication and the Arts and the School of Diplomacy.

MBA/MADIR - Gain a combination of business skills and international policy knowledge uniquely suited to our age. This program is offered by the Stillman School of Business and the School of Diplomacy.

M.P.A./MADIR - Meet the challenges of public sector administration with this 60 credit program from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Diplomacy.


Graduate Certificate in Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability (online) - Develop a comprehensive foundation for building sustainable peace in societies emerging from violent conflict in as little as one year.

Graduate Certificate in United Nations Studies - Deepen your understanding of how the policy community both utilizes and proposes to reform the UN while gaining in-depth knowledge about UN operations in a specific functional area and strengthening your professional writing skills.

Graduate Certificate in Global Health Management - The increasing occurrence of public health epidemics, concerns with bioterrorism and a pressing need for innovative approaches to health crises all point to the importance of a global approach in health management.

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

MA and MS candidates may customize their graduate studies by choosing up to 2 of 13 specializations, including the following functional specializations:

Foreign Policy Analysis
Global Health and Human Security
Global Negotiation and Conflict Management
International Economics and Development
International Law and Human Rights
International Organizations
International Security
Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability

Area Studies

MA and MS candidates may customize their graduate studies by choosing up to 2 of 13 specializations, including the following regional specializations:

Europe and Eurasia
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East

Graduate Program Overview

Each year a diverse class from more than 20 countries and 10 U.S. states is invited to join our graduate programs. Under the guidance of world-renowned faculty of scholars and practitioners, graduate candidates customize their course of study by incorporating:
- specialization courses (13 specializations available)
- classroom courses and online courses
- UN Summer Program in New York City
- Semester in Washington, D.C.
- International Seminars (e.g. European Union, African Union, China, Kosovo, Cuba, Basque Country, Portugal, Cyprus and more)
- Internship (leveraging a partner network of more than 600 internships institutions in 70 countries)

The School offers a dynamic yet intimate community with a faculty/student ratio of 1:15. Our dedicated Office of Internships and Career Development and Office of Professional Services offer individualized guidance that supports candidates in developing professional profiles that are compatible with their unique long-term career goals.

Admissions Deadline

Open enrollment with preferred/priority deadlines of March 31 (Fall start) and October 31 (Spring start) - aforementioned dates correspond with priority consideration for scholarships and financial aid.

Admissions Overview

Prospective students are encouraged to complete an online application and submit the appropriate supporting documents. PPIA students may request an application fee waiver code ($75 value) by contacting diplomat@shu.edu. In your message, please reference PPIA.
The admissions committee will review each application promptly and make a decision within two weeks.

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Contact Information

Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, New Jersey
(973) 275-2142

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