Key information
University University for Peace (UPEACE)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Country Costa Rica
Learning mode Blended, Online
Pace Full-time
Duration 8 months
Tuition fee USD 8700 (online) – USD 19500 (hybrid)
Application deadline(s) 15 April 2022 (hybrid) / 15 August 2022 (online)
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The Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy is an interdisciplinary and holistic programme that will broaden student’s knowledge in the field of development studies, sustainability and diplomacy, and equip them with the required soft skills for a successful international career in any of these areas of expertise.

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 career and employability. Careers in this field are broad which leads to prospective employers includes governments, international organizations, development agencies, academia and the private sector.

Target Audience

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.

Unique Benefits

This unique programme is the only Master of Arts degree jointly delivered by two  United Nations agencies. It is designed to provide students with first-hand expertise in the field of development, international affairs, and diplomacy.

Students may additionally choose to take part in a Summer Field Visit for 3 days to Geneva and 2 days to The Hague, the heart of multilateral decision making. 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.

The M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy is designed to provide students with the flexibility they need. Students may therefore opt to join either a fully online version of the programme, or a hybrid model, combining both on-campus and online classes.


At the end of the programme, students should be able to:

  • Master the theory and practice of development studies, international cooperation and sustainable development.
  • Evaluate different dimensions of development.
  • Appraise the nexus between diplomacy, the United Nations System, and contemporary challenges.
  • Apply key soft skills in an international working environment.


Hybrid Students: 2 semesters.
Online Students: 4 semesters.


University for Peace (UPEACE)

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