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.
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)
Courses at the University of Warsaw (Year 2)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Faculty of Social Sciences is excited to offer a rigorous one-year international graduate program in Peace and Conflict Management. Viewed through both international and regional lenses, the field of conflict management will be explored in its many facets, with special attention paid to the wider Middle East conflict while conceptual, practical and comparative elements of conflict management of other global conflicts are examined.
As a deeply divided society and a country in protracted conflict with other countries in the region, Israel is a unique environment for a program whose goal is to enable students to understand how conflicts unfold from the grassroots level and move up through the halls of government to the international community. Israel supplies excellent field study opportunities that allow students to see how attempts to manage conflicts and promote coexistence, mutual understanding, and peace processes actually develop and take root, and is a real-time hands-on working laboratory for advanced international and Israeli students, offering encounters with ongoing conflicts as well as successful and failed efforts to achieve peace.
The interdisciplinary program of study includes courses in political science, international relations, psychology, sociology, communications, history and regional studies. Included in the course of study are a number of field trips throughout Israel in order to gain close familiarity with certain aspects of the local conflict. There is also a practicum component in NGOs related to aspects of peace-making and conflict management; thoughtful simulations of decision making processes, negotiations and conflict management; and guest lectures given by activists, practitioners, politicians, diplomats, academics and former military officials.
Over the course of three semesters we will study sources, types and levels of conflicts, where students will become familiar with tools to trace their development. The curriculum takes as its focus courses on conflict management and provides students with practical tools in the fostering of peace processes. Research methodology and a field practicum are also included. For more curriculum information please visit here.
Thesis and Non-thesis tracks are available. For more information on the course curriculum and course descriptions please click here.
The diverse faculty is made up of teaching staff from a variety of disciplines including politics, international relations, psychology, conflict mediation and history. For a full list of factulty staff and their specialisations please visit here.