MA Diplomacy and International Studies

2-year Master of Arts program where students can choose from two study plans:

Study Plan A
8 core courses
IDS699 Thesis

Study Plan B
8 core courses
2 elective courses
IDS697 Comprehensive Examination
IDS698 Independent Studies


The Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Studies is a two year degree program. The program is open to students with or without prior knowledge of international relations who wish to increase their understanding of globalization and current events in international affairs. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of international politics, security threats, international law, international organizations, international economics, international business, diplomacy, conflict resolution, the political economy of Asia, and ASEAN. Students also have the opportunity to complete a thesis in their chosen area of research.

Core Courses

IDS603 International Politics and Security
IDS604 International Law and International Organizations
IDS605 International Economics and International Business
IDS606 Global Perspectives on Public Diplomacy
IDS607 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
IDS608 Political Economy of Asia
IDS609 ASEAN Integration
IDS661 Research Methodology

Elective Courses

IDS602 Foreign Policy Analysis
IDS642 Contemporary Political Economy of Southeast Asia
IDS643 International Political Economy
IDS645 Human Rights and Transnational Social Issues
IDS670 Regional Cooperation and Integration: Theory and Practice
IDS681 Thai Studies
IDS690 Seminar on NGOs: Theory and Practice
IDS691 Seminar on Trade and Investment in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam
IDS693 Seminar on Global Issues

Thesis (Plan A) or Independent Studies (Plan B)

IDS697 Comprehensive Examination
IDS698 Independent Studies
IDS699 Thesis

Additional Course

ENG500 English for Graduate Studies