|University||United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)|
|Academic title||M.A. Master of Arts|
|Tuition fee||19,500.00 (On-campus), 8,700.00 (online), 3,550 (Certificate) $|
|Deadline||15. May 2020, 30. June 2020, 15. August 2020|
Advancing sustainable development requires non-profit professionals and diplomats to cooperate and be able to grasp each other’s lens. To this respect, two United Nations academic and training bodies, the University for Peace (UPEACE) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are pleased to announce the launch of the UPEACE – UNITAR Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy. Through a blended methodology, combining academic instruction and practical training, the programme will enable participants to appraise the nexus between diplomacy, the UN System and current contemporary challenges for transferable skills to real field opportunities.
The Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy is an interdisciplinary and holistic programme that will not only broaden participant’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 face-to-face on the UPEACE campus in Costa Rica. Over the duration of this programme, participants 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. They will also attend skills development sessions that are designed to support their professional career and employability. Careers in this field can be very broad. Prospective employers include governments, international organizations, development agencies, academia, and the private sector.
Participants may choose between three options: the On-campus Master’s Degree, the Online Master’s Degree, and the Online Certificate in Development Studies and Diplomacy.
Participants must complete the face-to-face M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy within two semesters. Participants can complete the Online M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy and the Certificate in Development Studies and Diplomacy within a maximum of 4 semesters.
At the end of the Master’s Degree programme, participants should:
- Have a deep understanding of 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 of the theory and practice of diplomacy
- Be able to appraise the nexus between diplomacy, the UN System and current contemporary challenges
- Be able to apply key soft skills in an international working environment.
Optional Field Trip
Each year, UNITAR will organize an optional 5-day field trip to Geneva (Switzerland) and The Hague (Netherlands) for participants enrolled in the Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy (online and face-to-face modalities) and the Certificate in International Development Studies and Diplomacy.
During this activity, participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the very heart of diplomacy, visit different international organizations and network with other diplomats, personnel of permanent missions accredited to the UN, civil servants of international organizations and civil society representatives.
Participants will spend 3 days in Geneva and 2 days in The Hague.
The fee for the five-day field trip is 1,500 USD. The fee does not include airfare, accommodations, meals or visa expenses.
The optional field visit will take place every summer. The exact dates will be agreed-upon in conjunction with UPEACE, depending on the availability of UNITAR’s experts.
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The following documentation is required to complete your application process for the on-campus M.A. programme in Development Studies and Diplomacy. Please have them ready and on hand before beginning your online application process, as they will need to be uploaded into the system.
Required supporting documents to be uploaded:
- English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS)
- Statement of Purpose
- Letters of Recommendation
- Official Undergraduate (Bachelor’s Degree) Transcripts and Degree Certificate
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Copy of valid identification
- Passport-size photo
The online application requires electronic (PDF) scans of required documents. Should admission be granted, the following documents will eventually be required in official hard copy:
- English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS) – if applicable
- Official Undergraduate Transcripts and Degree Certificate (and English translations if applicable)
- Three (3) passport size photos
Upon submission of the online application form and supporting uploaded documents, the UPEACE Admissions system will send an automatic confirmation email. The date and time of submission will be noted in the system. Applications received after the established deadline will be considered for admission for the following academic year. Each application received by the established deadline will be reviewed for completeness. A second acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant by the Admissions Officer, informing him/her of the status of his/her application, whether it is complete and able to be passed on for academic review. We are not able to provide any information about the status of applicants over the phone or to third parties. Information will only be provided to the applicant using the email provided in the online application form.
The registration deadlines are as follows:
15 May 2020 for applicants requiring an entry visa for Costa Rica
30 June 2020 for applicants not requiring an entry visa for Costa Rica
15 August 2020 for applicants of the online programmes
Students enrolled in the on-campus M.A. who are unable to travel to Costa Rica for the start of the programme, due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be allowed to switch to the online modality during the first semester. Please inquire about this with our Admissions Officer.