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Haifa University’s School of Political Sciences, in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw, now offers a double-degree International Relations MA whereby students are able to make use of the resources, expertise and comprehensive curriculums of both universities, and receive accreditation from both at the completion of the course of study.

The School of Political Sciences at the University of Haifa, established in 1972, offers students the resources and talent of one of Israel's most prominent academic research centers that is engaged in teaching and scholarship in the fields of diplomacy studies, political thought, international relations, public policy, public administration, local administration, comparative and Israeli politics. The Division of International Relations was established in 2000 as part of the School of Political Sciences and plays an important role in training the future generation of researchers and practitioners in the field of International Relations.

What you will study

Students will spend two semesters of study at each institution and, including a written thesis, will cover a curriculum at Haifa University that has been crafted to elucidate the key role of diplomacy in addressing the broad cluster of issues that affect the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, and which can no longer be effectively dealt with exclusively from a narrow unilateral or bilateral vantage point.

The focus on the role of collaborative diplomatic mechanisms is designed to provide students with new insights, concepts and analytical tools for fully understanding the enhanced functions of diplomacy in an international setting. The program is thus intended to enable students to identify effective solutions for a broad range of political, cultural and economic issues with which they will be faced in the field. Students will also benefit from a broad curriculum at the University of Warsaw, which can be found here.


Courses at the University of Haifa (Year 1)

Core courses

  • The New Diplomacy: Structure, Technology And Processes
  • Theories of Diplomacy
  • Human Rights, Ethics and Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in Practice: Workshop (Includes the perspective of foreign diplomats serving in Israel)

Elective courses

  • UN Model (217.4018)
  • Regional Conflicts: Between War and Peace (217.4003) 
  • Political Islam (217.4024)
  • Theories and Issues in Intergroup Conflict: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (217.4001)
  • Approaches to Political Science (205.5031)
  • Economics and National Security (205.5020)
  • Social Psychology of Intractable Conflicts and the Role of Civil Society
  • Paths to Peace: Conflict Management, Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding, and Reconciliation (217.4014)
  • Diplomatic simulation - Workshop

Courses at the University of Warsaw (Year 2)

  • International Trade system -WTO
  • International Political Economy
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Foreign, Security and Defence Policy of EU
  • India and China Foreign Policy
  • Diploma Seminar
  • General elective course
  • US Foreign Policy
  • EU Economic Law
  • Foreign Policy of Central and Eastern European Countries
  • Cultural and Economic aspects of International Management
  • Diploma Seminar
  • MA Thesis writing


The faculty consists of experts in the fields of intelligence, military, economics and policy. The School of Political Sciences, of which the Division of International Relations is a part, is also home to the National Security Studies Center (NSSC) and the Center for Public Management and Policy (CPMP). Members of the School’s faculty occupy leading editorial positions in worldwide academic publications.

For a full list of faculty members and their fields please refer here.


Information on scholarship and financial aid can be found here.

Visit the International Relations (Dual Degree) - MA page on the University of Haifa website for more details!




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