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The dynamics of the contemporary international environment, complex and interconnected as it is, presents an array of challenges for policy analysts, decision makers and scholars alike. This situation is especially relevant to the Middle East and Mediterranean regions as areas fraught with chronic tension, domestic and international conflict, and which face several acute social and economic issues.

Against this backdrop, the new graduate program in Diplomacy Studies is intended to elucidate the role of diplomacy as a main vehicle and mechanism for systematically addressing the broad cluster of issues that affect the entire region, and which can no longer be effectively dealt with exclusively from a narrow unilateral or bilateral vantage point.

The program is primarily intended for practitioners who are employed in a range of public and private international, transnational and multilateral organizations, as well as for future diplomats, researchers, and academics abroad and in Israel.

What you will study

The focus of the program is such that it will bring to the fore the fundamental role of collaborative diplomatic mechanisms and as such is designed to provide students with new insights, concepts and analytical tools for fully understanding the enhanced functions of diplomacy in this new setting. The program is intended to enable students to identify effective solutions for a broad range of political, cultural and economic issues with which they will be faced, and for their continued involvement as bureaucrats, officials and decision makers in the context of complex negotiating situations and policy implementation. The full curriculum can be viewed here.

The one-year program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October to August. Exceptional students wishing to apply to the thesis track will need, upon acceptance, to submit a research thesis within one year of completing their coursework.

Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded an MA in Political Science, with a specialization in Diplomacy Studies from the School of Political Sciences and the Division of International Relations.


Graduates of the program will be well placed to pursue careers in the field of foreign relations at their home countries and with international institutions. Graduates will also be well placed within international NGO’s who act as points of contact between different countries, both in the capacity of mediators and of educators


Core Courses

  • The New Diplomacy: Structure, Technology And Processes
  • Theories of Diplomacy
  • Human Rights, Ethics and Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in Practice (Workshop)* 
  • Diplomatic simulation (Workshop)

Elective courses

Every year a set of elective courses is being reviewed and revised. Please contact the program coordinator to obtain further details. 

For a comprehensive list of courses and curriculum please click here

* Foreign diplomats serving in Israel may participate


The School of Political Sciences faculty staff hold a range of specializations that cover a broad range of fields, including international proliferation, Israel’s foreign policy, strategic studies, theories of international relations, public rhetoric of war and peace, and specializations on the USA, Russia and the Caucuses, South and East Asia. For a full list of faculty staff and their fields please visit us here.


This program is eligible for MASA grant. For a full list of scholarships available please click here.

To Israeli students who have started their studies, we offer a Ruderman Excellence Scholarship. The scholarship includes a $5,000 dollar grant and a 10-day study tour at New York University (NYU). For further inquiries please contact the program coordinator. 


Students will have an opportunity to experience the practices of diplomatic processes first-hand via practicum, designed to help integrate the insights and lessons drawn from the courses into a sophisticated and analytics perspective in the real world. Within the framework of this practicum, students will participate in an internship under the auspices of institutions and organizations, which address issues and predicaments that are relevant to diplomatic initiatives and processes (both unilateral, bilateral and multilateral), with emphasis on the Middle-East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more.

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





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