September 2016School of Diplomacy News

Diplomacy Launches Undergraduate Law and Graduate Executive Programs

By Ajiya Doka
Staff Writer

The School of Diplomacy and International Relations has created a new degree program that encompasses a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctorate. This new 3+3 program, co-designed with the United Nations Association of the U.S.A. (UNA-USA), will give students access to the United Nations, allowing them to build a global mindset while pursuing a law degree. As a streamlined program designed to save time and money, the  School of Diplomacy will continue to attract bright students who, through this program, will be very competitive on the job market.

In addition to this new undergraduate program, the School of Diplomacy also introduced a new Executive M.S in International Affairs program. Designed for internationally minded professionals, the 10-course curriculum was designed to be flexible with busy work schedules. At the end of the program, students will be able to build on their professional experience to get the edge they need to advance in their careers.

Dean Andrea Bartoli sees these programs as part of the School of Diplomacy’s “investment not just in academic programs, but professionalism.”

“We must maintain the academic programs responsive to the demands of the students and perspective students in their relationship with the world and their professional development, Dean Bartoli said. He was pleased that the new programs are not only competitive in regard to both quality and price, but they are also a reflection of the cooperation between faculty, administration, and students.

With these newly added programs, the School of Diplomacy 10 degree programs, including dual degrees and three graduate certificate programs. As an interdisciplinary field, students, based on their interests and career goals, can select an education program that works for them, including law, public policy, and strategic communication. These options allow students not only to save money but also to have an edge in the job market.

Speaking of competition, Dean Bartoli is adamant that teams outperform individuals every time. “By cooperating, by doing research together by doing great classroom experiences together, by engaging in professional development together, we think that the competitiveness of the program is actually enhanced by this internal cooperation,” he said.

For more information, visit and look under Programs. Brochures will be available soon.

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