School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

  • NJ


400 South Orange Avenue
McQuaid Hall
South Orange
United States

About Us

Just minutes from New York City and a few hours from Washington, D.C., Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and International Relations is an ideal place to study international relations and practice diplomacy first hand in a professional, dynamic and culturally rich setting. The School of Diplomacy is a leading center for the study of diplomacy and international relations, dedicated to high standards of academic excellence and professional training; extending the frontiers of knowledge; and making a difference in the rapidly changing global environment.

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Academic Programs

M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations Our 45 credit Masters of Arts program, emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach, provides a deep understanding of critical global issues and policies. Students are required to choose two of the 13 functional and regional specializations listed below. Request Information » | Apply Now »

  1. Foreign Policy Analysis
  2. Global Health and Human Security
  3. Global Negotiation and Conflict Management
  4. International Economics and Development
  5. International Law and Human Rights
  6. International Organizations
  7. International Security
  8. Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability
  9. Africa
  10. Asia
  11. Europe
  12. Latin America and the Caribbean
  13. Middle East
ONLINE Graduate Certificate in Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability - Develop a comprehensive foundation for building sustainable peace in societies emerging from violent conflict in as little as one year.

Graduate Certificate in Global Health Management - The increasing occurrence of public health epidemics, concerns with bio-terrorism and a pressing need for innovative approaches to health crises all point to the importance of a global approach in health management.

Graduate Certificate in United Nations Studies - Deepen your understanding of how the policy community both utilizes and proposes to reform the UN while gaining in-depth knowledge about UN operations in a specific functional area and strengthening your professional writing skills.

United Nations Intensive Summer Study Program - Immerse yourself in the political dynamics of the United Nations with this week-long summer course held jointly at Seton Hall's South Orange campus, and UN Headquarters in New York City.

B.S., Diplomacy and International Relations - The undergraduate program is based on an interdisciplinary global studies curriculum with strong components of cultural understanding, international economics and leadership.

B.S./M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations - Earn your bachelor's and master's degree in diplomacy faster than each degree individually.

Dual Degree Programs

Enhance your education and save time by combining your diplomacy degree with another professional program. Many dual degrees require only 60 credit hours of work and 3 years of full-time study. Compare that to 80+ credits and 4 years to complete each program individually.

Students interested in a dual degree must apply for admission to both programs.

J.D./M.A., Law and Diplomacy Pursue a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School along with your M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations.

M.A., Asian Studies/M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations Deepen your focus on East Asia studies with a 60 credit program from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Diplomacy.

M.A., Strategic Communication/M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations Thrive in the complex world of global corporate relations with this dual degree program from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Diplomacy.

M.B.A./M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations Gain a combination of business skills and international policy knowledge uniquely suited to our age. This program is offered by the Stillman School of Business and the School of Diplomacy.

M.P.A./M.A., Diplomacy and International Relations Meet the challenges of public sector administration with this 60 credit program from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Diplomacy.

The School of Diplomacy embraces Seton Hall's longstanding tradition of a values-based education and dedication to developing servant leaders for a global society. Founded in 1856, Seton Hall is among the oldest Catholic universities in the United States . It is home to eight schools and colleges offering nearly 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs to approximately 9,000 graduate and undergraduate students of all races and religions. Seton Hall is a nationally ranked Tier-1 research institution. Learn more by visiting

Our History

Seton Hall welcomed its initial class of diplomacy and international relations students in the fall of 1998. Now over 500 students strong and an Affiliate Member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (A.P.S.I.A.), the School was the first professional school of international relations to be established after the Cold War. At that time, the School forged an exclusive alliance with the United Nations Association of the U.S.A., which continues to allow the School special access to the United Nations community. From 2001-2013, the School was named for John C. Whitehead, former Chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, co-chairman of Goldman Sachs and chairman of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A. His life of service inspires the School to uphold its guiding principle, to prepare the next generation of global leaders.

The School served as the Coordinating Secretariat for the United Nations Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan delivered a major address to inaugurate the 2001 United Nations Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations and honored the School for its work as coordinating Secretariat. The Dialogue focused on increasing tolerance and understanding among the world's peoples and cultures. Faculty and students prepared research for an international Group of Eminent Persons composed of former heads of state, Nobel laureates, and renowned scholars. The Group authored the book, Crossing the Divide: Dialogue among Civilizations, published by the School and presented to the U.N. in November 2001. Visit the archived website of the Dialogue.