Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs

Study Discipline: Social Sciences
Study Programme Details
City:Abu Dhabi
Country: United Arab Emirates
Admission Sessions:Autumn Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


18 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Zayed University’s Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs program is a dynamic and transformative educational experience designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders. This program offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary coursework, emphasizing the geopolitical significance of the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Region. By integrating current trends and future possibilities in international relations, the program equips students with innovative solutions to contemporary challenges faced by both public and private sectors.

Engaging and immersive, the curriculum delves into the intricacies of local and international history, the complexities of the global economy, international law, and cutting-edge theories in politics. Students gain a deep understanding of the interconnected world, preparing them to make impactful contributions to diplomacy and international affairs. With a focus on the UAE’s strategic role, this program cultivates professionals who are not only knowledgeable but also adept at navigating and influencing the global landscape.


Graduates of the Master in Diplomacy and International Affairs program at Zayed University emerge with a profound grasp of advanced political, economic, and historical concepts. They possess the analytical prowess to interlink these disciplines, providing insightful explanations of local and international events. Equipped with advanced evaluative skills, our graduates are adept at dissecting current international affairs and state relations.

In terms of research and communication, students demonstrate exceptional abilities to gather, assess, and utilize data from diverse sources, leveraging information technology tools to produce high-quality research. Their proficiency in qualitative methods, coupled with highly developed problem-solving skills, ensures they can tackle complex issues and present their findings effectively to a broad audience.

Our graduates are globally aware, capable of assessing and critiquing the myriad forces shaping international events. They develop a nuanced understanding of socio-cultural norms and ethical considerations, enabling them to form well-rounded, informed opinions on global matters. In the realm of public diplomacy, students learn to apply sophisticated diplomatic tools and exhibit autonomy and responsibility in both academic and professional settings.

The program also places a strong emphasis on global-local relations, with a particular focus on the UAE. Students analyze the UAE’s role in international affairs, evaluate its political and administrative structures, and develop strategic approaches to enhance the nation’s contributions to the global political and economic systems.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree: Earned in a relevant discipline from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of Education.
  • CGPA: Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (2.5 for conditional admission).
  • Proficiency in Arabic and English Language (for programs offered in Arabic):
    • TOEFL: Minimum score of 133 (CBT) or 45 (iBT).
    • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall band score of 4.5.
    • EmSAT English: Minimum score of 950.
    • EmSAT Arabic: Minimum score of 1100.
    • Native Speaker: Evidence of completing undergraduate education in an English medium institution in a country where English is the official language.
  • Proficiency in English Language (for programs offered in English):
    • TOEFL: Minimum score of 213 (CBT) or 79 (iBT) (197 CBT or 71 iBT for conditional admission).
    • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall band score of 6.0 (5.5 for conditional admission).
    • EmSAT English: Minimum score of 1400 (1250 for conditional admission).
    • Native Speaker: Evidence of completing undergraduate education in an English medium institution in a country where English is the official language.
  • Work Experience: Consult individual programs for specific requirements.
  • Pre-Program Courses: May be required to demonstrate competency in specific areas, not exceeding 12 credit hours.
  • Pre-Admission Interview: Submit a complete application online, meet all admission standards, pay the non-refundable application fee, and possibly attend an interview with program faculty.
  • Additional Notes: Higher or additional requirements may apply; consult individual program pages for specifics.

Program Required Courses (24 Credit Hours Required):

  • POL623 International Relations
  • POL633 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):

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

AED 4,267 per Cr

Future Career Outcomes

Our alumni have successfully ventured into various high-impact roles across the globe, reflecting the program’s alignment with industry demands. For instance, one of our graduates now leads a team at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, utilizing the strategic and analytical skills honed during the program. Another has taken a prominent role at an international think tank, where they influence global policy through meticulous research and expert analysis.

The skills developed throughout the program—such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication—are highly valued in today’s job market. Graduates are well-prepared to meet the evolving demands of international diplomacy and contribute meaningfully to their organizations and the broader global community.

Visa Requirements:

For visa information, please visit United Arab Emirates page for student visa and student life.