Established in 1965, UNITAR is an autonomous institution within the United Nations system with a mission to deliver innovative training and conduct research on knowledge systems to develop the capacities of its beneficiaries. As the training arm of the UN, its mission is to develop capacities to enhance global decision-making and to support country-level action for shaping a better future.

In addition to training and e-Learning courses, UNITAR provides the opportunity to gain knowledge through Joint Master Programmes and Executive Diplomas designed to help participants build their theoretical knowledge, practical soft skills, and core capacities for efficient and enhanced professional performance. As such, UNITAR offers a wide range of programmes to strengthen the awareness in the field of international law and multilateral diplomacy for students.

UNITAR is at the centre of a network of universities, partnering with them on various projects to offer a variety of benefits for prospective students. This includes but is not limited to exclusive insights into the United Nations, executive skills workshops by high-level UN specialists, and unique networking opportunities with UN practitioners. UNITAR strongly believes in the empowerment of students, to reach their full potential in becoming leaders for addressing the global challenges of tomorrow. Kindly find below our list of upcoming UNITAR Masters and related qualifications. 

M.A. in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy

In today’s globalized and increasingly complex world, multilateral dialogue and cooperation grow more essential. As such, the nexus and interrelation between Diplomacy and Anti-Corruption efforts is now more important than ever. In this regard, UNITAR has partnered with the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) to launch the one-of-a-kind Master of Arts in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy, a modular postgraduate academic degree conducted over the course of 18 months. The MACD offers a rigorous, diverse, and innovative anti-corruption and diplomacy curriculum, reflecting a variety of academic disciplines and cross-cutting themes relating to economics, ethics, international law, digital and cyber diplomacy as well as essential skills for an international career such as leadership, negotiation skills, and public speaking.

IACA was originally initiated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Republic of Austria, and other stakeholders. Currently, IACA is a pioneering institution with an ever-growing membership consisting of Member States of the United Nations and International Organisations from all regions of the globe. IACA aims to overcome current shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption, and functions as an independent centre of excellence in the field of anti-corruption education, training, networking, cooperation, and academic research.

Applications are open

Dates: 1 November 2021 - 26 March 2023

Tuition fee: 17,900 EUR

Event focal point emaildiplomacy@unitar.org

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M.A. in International Leadership and Negotiation

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The increase in volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) in today’s world means there is no longer one approach to management that can be applied to all organizations and work environments. Leaders must adjust their leadership strategies and styles to be more flexible and adapt to a variety of challenges and situations. In this context, the Universidad Europea de Valencia and UNITAR developed the Master of Arts in International Leadership and Negotiation to prepare students to lead global initiatives for change and provide them with the necessary negotiation skills to positively impact their organization and environment. 

Universidad Europea de Valencia (UEV) is a private university in Valencia, Spain with the mission to provide students with a holistic education to shape leaders and professionals who are prepared to respond to the demands of a global world. UEV aims at generating and sharing knowledge through applied research and contributing to societal progress via intellectual and technical development. UEV is an inclusive, multicultural organization with a global vision valuing diversity and respecting all points of view and cultural traits.

Applications are open

Starting Date: 10 November 2021 

Duration: 10 months 

Tuition Fee: 9,000 EUR (10,950 USD) 

Event focal point email: Valentina.ROSSI@unitar.org

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M.Sc. in Human Rights and Diplomacy

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The Master of Science in Human Rights and Diplomacy, delivered in partnership with The University of Stirling, is an interdisciplinary course that combines Law, Philosophy and Politics of human rights. You will learn about the practice and theory of human rights laws and politics, the UN human rights institutions, their history and their philosophical foundations. You will be taught by top human rights researchers and will be given practical training from experienced UN personnel in negotiating draft documents, and learning how to make a difference. The course includes a 5-day study visit to Geneva for all students, to observe the Human Rights Council in session. Additionally, for the final three months of the course, if your profile is strong enough, you will have the opportunity to apply for a highly desirable internship, or else to pursue projects with human rights organisations or to tackle a traditional dissertation.

Established in 1967, The University of Stirling is a highly prestigious university that is recognized globally for its excellence in teaching, research and offering a world-class student experience. The University addresses the needs of society through innovative and interdisciplinary research; learning and teaching of the highest quality; and by sharing our knowledge with the world. It also enjoys a vibrant and friendly atmosphere and is ranked 1st in the UK and 5th in the World for campus environment (UK International Student Barometer (ISB) Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018).

Application deadline: 31 December 2021

Starting date: February 2022

Fees: 8,700 GBP (UK) - 19,645 GBP (Other)

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M.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy (Online)

In an increasingly interconnected, globalised, and complex world, where the importance of multilateral dialogue and cooperation is ever-growing, the demand for training and capacity development in the field of international relations and diplomacy is constantly rising. In this regard, the establishment of this innovative, online Master of Arts in International Affairs and Diplomacy between UNITAR and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) holds great significance. This programme is designed to be perfectly suited to the needs of students and full-time professionals interested in both developing essential knowledge for understanding international affairs, as well as strengthening their capacities in the practice of diplomacy. The Degree will allow diplomats, government officials, students and other stakeholders to upgrade their studies and knowledge with a formally recognised degree combining the best of university education and UN executive training.

The UOC is an innovative university that is rooted in Catalonia and open to the world. It offers people life-long learning to help them and society advance while carrying out research into the knowledge society. Its educational model is based on personalisation and accompanying students using e-learning. As such, the UOC has an innovative educational model that focuses on the student, offering them a top-quality and personalised education that helps students to be more competitive and contribute to the progress of society.

Application deadline: 25 February 2022

Starting date: 16 March 2022

Tuition fee: 7,408 EUR

Event focal point emailmdp-elearning@unitar.org

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Executive Diploma in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy

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UNITAR has partnered with the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) to launch a unique Executive Diploma in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy that addresses the nexus and interrelation between Multilateral Diplomacy and Anti-Corruption efforts in today’s increasingly interconnected world. The modular training conducted remotely over the course of 6 months is designed to offer unique insights and reflect one-of-a-kind practical and theoretical approaches to anti-corruption and diplomacy and interdisciplinary subjects such as international relations, ethics, cyber diplomacy, negotiation skills, journalism, and more.

IACA was originally initiated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Republic of Austria, and other stakeholders. Currently, IACA is a pioneering institution with an ever-growing membership consisting of Member States of the United Nations and International Organisations from all regions of the globe. IACA aims to overcome current shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption, and functions as an independent centre of excellence in the field of anti-corruption education, training, networking, cooperation, and academic research.

Application deadline: 6 March 2022

Dates: 21 March - 11 September 2022

Tuition fee: 3,300 USD

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M.A. in International Law and Diplomacy

The Master of Arts in International Law and Diplomacy (with online and hybrid formats) is a two-year graduate programme delivered in partnership with the University for Peace that allows students to specialise in the interface between international law and diplomacy. It will not only broaden student’s knowledge in the field of international law and its various foundational dimensions but will also equip them with knowledge and skills to work in the field of diplomacy and related international careers. During this programme, students will analyse the different dimensions of international law including those related to law-making, armed conflicts, human rights, economic relations, territorial and maritime disputes, environmental disputes as well as those related to the theory and practice of diplomacy in the 21st century including dispute settlement and conflict resolution. Students will also attend skills development sessions that are designed to support their professional careers and employability.

Created by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/55, the University for Peace has been training leaders for peace for the past four decades. It is a unique global academic institution with over 2,000 Alumni hailing from more than 120 nations. Through its programmes, UPEACE trains future leaders to explore and formulate strategies and practices in various contexts to address the causes of multiple problems affecting human and global wellbeing, and thus contribute to the processes of peacekeeping and peace-building.

Application deadline: August 2022

Fees: 13,000 USD (Hybrid) - 11,000 USD (Online)

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M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy

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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 on the UPEACE campus in Costa Rica. During this programme, students will analyse 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.

Created by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/55, the University for Peace has been training leaders for peace for the past four decades. It is a unique global academic institution with over 2,000 Alumni hailing from more than 120 nations. Through its programmes, UPEACE trains future leaders to explore and formulate strategies and practices in various contexts to address the causes of multiple problems affecting human and global wellbeing, and thus contribute to the processes of peacekeeping and peace-building.

Application deadline: August 2022

Fees: 19,500 USD (Hybrid) - 8,700 USD (Online)

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Certificate in Development Studies and Diplomacy 

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The Certificate in Development Studies and Diplomacy is an interdisciplinary and holistic programme delivered in partnership the University for Peace 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. During this programme, students will analyse 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. 

Created by UN General Assembly Resolution 35/55, the University for Peace has been training leaders for peace for the past four decades. It is a unique global academic institution with over 2,000 Alumni hailing from more than 120 nations. Through its programmes, UPEACE trains future leaders to explore and formulate strategies and practices in various contexts to address the causes of multiple problems affecting human and global wellbeing, and thus contribute to the processes of peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

Application deadline: August 2022

Tuition fee: 3,500 USD

Event focal point emailadmissions@elearning.upeace.org

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Executive Summer Programme on Innovations in Science Diplomacy

UNITAR's Executive Summer Programme on Innovations in Science Diplomacy will triangulate education, research and leadership. It will aim to educate the next generation of leaders in the field of science diplomacy and technology; facilitate research with questions and data that generate actions with evidence and options that contribute to informed decision-making; and provide leadership with science-diplomacy networks that build common interests across our globally-interconnected civilisation.

The Executive Summer Programme was initiated by the Science Diplomacy Center and will be implemented in collaboration with the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School (PON), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston), Boston University (BU), the Science Diplomacy Center and Swissnex in Boston. Successful participants will receive a certificate of participation. Certificates will be awarded and signed by UNITAR and the faculty of the above-mentioned partners.

Dates: TBC

Tuition fee: 5,000 USD

Event focal point email: mdp-elearning@unitar.org

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M.A. in Multilateral Diplomacy

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The Master of Arts in Multilateral Diplomacy is jointly organized by UNITAR and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). The basic disciplines that form the programme are megatrends and global problems, historical background of Russia's foreign policy, analysis of international situations, global governance and international institutions, global security and contemporary international conflicts; modern network diplomacy and practical modules with invited UNITAR experts on the UN system, conference diplomacy, UN protocol, and etiquette. Graduates of the Multilateral Diplomacy programme will have a high level of proficiency in foreign languages, professional knowledge in the field of international relations, diplomacy and negotiation process, as well as skills in intercultural and business communication.

Established in 1943, MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) is among the premier social science universities in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and BRICS countries. MGIMO offers a vast array of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in 18 areas of study; as well as PhD, MBA, Executive MBA, and pre-university programs. It takes pride in its unique language learning opportunities with 53 foreign languages delivered full-time, which earned it a Guinness World Record for the largest number of languages taught at a university. MGIMO is reputable for the prominent role of teamwork, analytical thinking, critical reasoning, and strategic planning as key aspects of its training methodologies.

Starting date: TBC

Tuition fee: 21,201.50 USD

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M.A. in Public Administration (in Russian)

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Today project management is a fundamental component of management culture, enabling managers to perform work efficiently. Key resources of new formation leaders are knowledge of management laws, understanding of government bodies’ functions and developed leadership qualities. The aim of the Master of Arts in Project Management delivered in partnership with Moscow State Institute of International Relations is to train international specialists for civil services and commercial spheres who will be planning, implementing, supporting, monitoring and controlling international projects in various fields of activity. Educational modules of the Master are completed with the practical UNITAR’s module, where participants will receive a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the world leading diplomats and the process of decision-making and implement all knowledge gained in one of UNITAR partner organization as a part of the on-the-job training. 

Established in 1943, MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) is among the premier social science universities in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and BRICS countries. MGIMO offers a vast array of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in 18 areas of study; as well as PhD, MBA, Executive MBA, and pre-university programs. It takes pride in its unique language learning opportunities with 53 foreign languages delivered full-time, which earned it a Guinness World Record for the largest number of languages taught at a university. MGIMO is reputable for the prominent role of teamwork, analytical thinking, critical reasoning, and strategic planning as key aspects of its training methodologies.

Starting date: TBC

Tuition fee: 21,201.50 USD

Event focal point emailmasters@inno.mgimo.ru

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M.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy

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The Master of Arts in International Affairs and Diplomacy aims to train students in the culture of diplomacy and field practices, know-how, fundamental theoretical knowledge, and language elements of international business. The programme, delivered in partnership with Ecole Supérieure des Affaires provides practical instructions delivered by ESA and UNITAR faculty, resulting in a unique learning experience to train future business executives, diplomats, and senior international civil servants. The course lasts 12 months for students holding a Bachelor's degree at Bac +4 level, and 24 months for students at the Bac +3 level. 

Established in 1996, Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) is a Business School dedicated to the education of executives and managers in Lebanon and the Middle East. Situated in the centre of Beirut, ESA has become a beacon of academic excellence within Lebanon, and a platform for interaction and meetings between Europe and the Middle East. 

Start date: TBC

Tuition fee: 12,000 USD

Event focal point emailesa@esa.edu.lib

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M.A. in International Humanitarian Cooperation and External Relations of the Regions (in Russian)

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Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Cooperation and External Relations of the Regions delivered in partnership with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations aims at developing theoretical and practical skills to work in the international environment. The graduate will orient well in main problems of modern international relations, understand the growing role of social and humanitarian factors in the world, be able to establish contacts with foreign partners and negotiate with them; understand the perspectives of digital diplomacy, diasporas and soft power in contemporary politics; know the main directions of social and humanitarian cooperation in the Eurasian area; understand how international cooperation between Russian regions works.

Established in 1943, MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) is among the premier social science universities in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and BRICS countries. MGIMO offers a vast array of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in 18 areas of study; as well as PhD, MBA, Executive MBA, and pre-university programs. It takes pride in its unique language learning opportunities with 53 foreign languages delivered full-time, which earned it a Guinness World Record for the largest number of languages taught at a university. MGIMO is reputable for the prominent role of teamwork, analytical thinking, critical reasoning, and strategic planning as key aspects of its training methodologies.

Starting date: TBC

Tuition fee: 21,201.50 USD

Event focal point emailmasters@inno.mgimo.ru

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