About the Programme

The Certificate 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. 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 career and employability. Careers in this field can be very broad. Prospective employers include governments, international organizations, 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.



This Certificate Programme is offered online only with the following cost breakdown:

See the complete programme brochure here.

Consult the Academic Calendar here.

The application deadline for this programme is 10 August 2023. The first course is scheduled to begin on 4 September 2023.

Optional Field Trip to Geneva and The Hague

Each year, UNITAR will organize an optional 5-day field trip to Geneva (Switzerland) and The Hague (Netherlands) for the students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy and the Certificate in International Development Studies and Diplomacy.

During this activity, students 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.

Students will spend 3 days in Geneva and 2 days in The Hague.

The fee of the five-day field trip is 1,500 USD. The fee does not include travel, accommodation, food or visa expenses. 

The optional field visit will take place every Summer. The exact dates will be agreed in conjunction with UPEACE depending on the availability of UNITAR’s experts.

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Contact Us

For questions regarding the Online Certificate in Development Studies and Diplomacy, please contacr admissions@elearning.upeace.org.