Executive Master’s in Diplomacy and International Affairs
Overview: The one-year Executive Master’s 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 provides the participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to tackle current and emerging regional and global challenges.
Classes 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.
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 created the 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 consists of ten 3-credit modules consisting of 18 courses and one capstone visit to Washington D.C. Nine modules (18 courses) classes are taught at the Georgetown University-Qatar campus, predominantly by faculty affiliated with Georgetown’s main campus in Washington visiting Doha for five-day intensive teaching residences. The tenth module takes place at Georgetown’s main campus in Washington, D.C. It is a four-day course program to include intensive sessions with Georgetown faculty members and meetings with policymakers and international institutions.
The modules 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 5-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: One 5-day residency each month
• Global Political Map, Geopolitics for Practitioners – (Part 1) (Geopolitics and Approaches to Foreign Policy Module)
• Food Security, Water, and the Environment (Human Security Module)
• Nuclear Weapons and International and Regional Security (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, Mediation, and Political Persuasion on the Global Stage (Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Module)
• Chinese Diplomacy Goes Global (Regional Studies Module)
Spring: One 5-day residency each month
• Global Political Map, Geopolitics for Practitioners – (Part 2) (Geopolitics and Approaches to Foreign Policy Module)
• Conflict Resolution in Deeply Divided Societies (Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Module)
• DATA and Diplomacy (Science and Technology Module)
• Small States/Alliance Diplomacy: Gulf Case Study (Regional Studies Module)
• Public and Cultural Diplomacy (Soft Power, Culture and Diplomacy Module)
• Leadership and Crisis Management (Soft Power, Culture and Diplomacy Module)
• Understanding, Terrorism, and Counterterrorism (Transnational Security Challenges Module)
• Global Institutions and Multilateral Diplomacy (International Law and Institutions Module)
• International Trade Law & Policy (International Trade and Development Module)
• Energy and Diplomacy (Science and Technology Module)
• Global Issues, Institutions, and Policy-Making in Washington, DC (Visit to DC residency)
To start, or continue, the application process for Fall 2023 please use this link: https://forms.gle/ZNt4why9S62SDBJz8. The application deadline for nominees is April 15, 2023. You may contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.