June 2021, Geneva, Switzerland - The Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy is an interdisciplinary and holistic programme that will not only broaden student’s knowledge in the field of development studies, sustainability and diplomacy but it will also equip them with the required soft skills for a successful international career in any of these areas of expertise. It is offered both online and in hybrid format, with a combination of online and face-to-face courses on the UPEACE campus in Costa Rica.

During this programme, students will analyze the different dimensions of development including, environmental, social, economic and human dimensions as well as the theory and practice of diplomacy in the 21st century.

Students will also attend skills development sessions that are designed to support their professional careers and employability. Careers in this field can be very broad. Prospective employers include governments, international organisations, development agencies, academia and the private sector.

Who is it for?

The programme is designed for graduate students, diplomats, government officers, NGO representatives, international civil servants or private sector specialists willing to strengthen their knowledge in development studies, sustainability, international affairs management and diplomacy.

At the end of the programme, students should:

  • Have a deep understanding on the theory and practice of development studies, international cooperation and sustainable development.
  • Be able to evaluate the different dimensions of development.
  • Have a deep understanding on the theory and practice of diplomacy.
  • Be able to appraise the nexus between diplomacy, the UN System and contemporary challenges.
  • Be able to apply key soft skills in an international working environment.

Important Information

Deadlines: 30 May 2021 (Hybrid) | 15 August 2021 (Online)

Starting dates: 23 August 2021 (Hybrid) | 06 September 2021 (Online)

Event focal point email: admissions@upeace.org


The University for Peace (UPEACE) was established as a Treaty Organisation with its own Charter in an International Agreement adopted by the General Assembly in resolution 35/55 on 5 December 1980, with the mission “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”

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