Overview: The one-year Executive Masters in Diplomacy and International Affairs (EMDIA) program seeks to enhance the ability of practitioners from Qatar and the Middle East region to formulate and implement effective foreign policy. The degree will provide the participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to tackle current and emerging regional and global challenges.
Classes will focus on 1) significant challenges in global politics and economics facing diplomats, 2) critical thinking skills related to the major tools of statecraft, and 3) areas of strategic importance to Qatar and the Middle East region.
Please note that the program is currently pending approval of the Qatari Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Program Background: Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) in Washington, D.C is a world-recognized, premier school of international affairs founded in 1919. Through its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD), SFS has developed the proposed EMDIA program in close collaboration with Georgetown University in Qatar and the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
The EMDIA is open to highly qualified:
• Qatari diplomats nominated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
• Qatari officials engaged in foreign or national security policy nominated by their other government ministries, and
• other practitioners from the Middle East region nominated by their governments
The admissions criteria include:
• proof of a bachelor’s or post-graduate degree from a university of recognized standing where English is the primary language of instruction, or
• a TOEFL minimum score of 100 (iBT), 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test), or
• a minimum IELTS score of 7.0.
Georgetown University will conduct a holistic admission review process that includes:
• academic records,
• statement of purpose submitted by the applicant, and
• letters of recommendation.
The year-long program will consist of ten 3-credit modules consisting of 18 courses and one capstone visit to Washington D.C. Travel and health conditions permitting, nine modules (18 courses) classes will taught at the Georgetown University-Qatar campus, predominantly by faculty affiliated with Georgetown’s main campus in Washington visiting Doha for four-day intensive teaching residences. The tenth module will take place at Georgetown’s main campus in Washington, D.C. It will be a four-day course session to include intensive sessions with Georgetown faculty members and meetings with policymakers and international institutions.
The modules will cover: 1) conflict resolution and negotiation; 2) international trade and development; 3) science and technology; 4) human security; 5) geopolitics and approaches to foreign policy; 6) regional studies; 7) soft power, culture and diplomacy; 8) transnational security challenges; 9) international law and institutions; and 10) policy-making and international institutions.
In most cases, the two courses in each module will be offered during different 4-day residencies. For example, part 1 of the Geopolitics and Approaches to Foreign Policy Module will be taught in the fall and part 2 in the spring.
Fall 2021: One 4-day residency each month
• Global Political Map – Part 1 (Geopolitics and Approaches to Foreign Policy Module)
• Climate Policy and Diplomacy (Human Security Module)
• Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Transnational Security Challenges Module)
• Development Studies (International Trade and Development Module)
• Refugees/Migration and Humanitarian Crises (Human Security Module)
• International Law (International Law and Institutions Module)
• Negotiation Theory and Practice (Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Module)
• Diplomacy with Asia (Regional Studies Module)
Spring 2022: One 4-day residency each month
• Global Political Map – Part 2 (Geopolitics and Approaches to Foreign Policy Module)
• Conflict Management/Resolution (Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Module)
• Cyber and Diplomacy (Science and Technology Module)
• Small States/Alliance Diplomacy: Gulf Case Study (Regional Studies Module)
• Public Diplomacy (Soft Power, Culture and Diplomacy Module)
• Leadership and Crisis Management (Soft Power, Culture and Diplomacy Module)
• Violent Extremism (Transnational Security Challenges Module)
• Global Institutions and Multilateral Diplomacy (International Law and Institutions Module)
• Politics of Trade (International Trade and Development Module)
• Energy and Diplomacy (Science and Technology Module)
• Policy-making and international institutions (Visit to DC residency)