Diplomacy Program FAQs

What courses can I take in the diplomacy program?

Students can choose from a variety of courses specific to their interests in the field of international relations. Course topics include global commerce, international terrorism, human rights and conflict, and economics and the international system.

What concentrations may I specialize in?

Students can choose one of three concentrations: international commerce, international terrorism, or international conflict management.

Which international relations degree is right for you?

Diplomacy is a specific aspect of international relations. If your career goals involve the broader field of international affairs, explore our online Master of Arts in International Relations program.

Is there a thesis or independent study option?

The optional thesis track provides the opportunity for focused research and scholarly investigation in addition to your course work. If you wish to complete a thesis, you must present a formal application, and your candidacy must be accepted by the program director.

How long is the diplomacy program?

The program’s six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18 to 24 months.

How have graduates of the diplomacy program applied their degree?

Our diplomacy alumni have found employment with a variety of public and private organizations including BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, the U.S. Army, CACI International, the Cato Institute, Grant Thornton LLP, Cable News Network, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, and Wells Fargo.

How are the diplomacy program faculty members selected?

Diplomacy program instructors hold terminal degrees from established universities. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience, a strong research record, and solid, practical experience in international relations.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to the program?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, SpanTran, or CED.
  • A GRE score is not required but may be requested based on your undergraduate GPA.
  • If English was not the language of previous degree study, proof of English language proficiency and minimum TOEFL scores of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test, or iBT) are required unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.
How much will this program cost?
  • Price per Credit: $767
  • Term Tuition: $4,602
  • Technology Fee — $300/term
  • Library Fee — $75/term
  • Graduation Fee — $150/one-time
  • Total Program Cost (6 terms): $30,012


Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

When you apply for admission to the online Diplomacy program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted for up to 12 credits. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as they pertain to transfer credits.

Through an agreement between Norwich University and the Department of the Army/U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, up to six credit hours may be awarded toward completion of the MDY program requirements. Credit hours will be awarded in the Conflict Resolution Concentration for GD560 Military Intervention, or in the International Terrorism Concentration for GD562 International Response.

Learn more about Norwich University’s transfer credit policy.