About the Programme

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 face-to-face 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 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.


M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy: Face-to-Face

Students must complete the Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy (face-to-face) in two semesters.

Note: UN Staff Members and Costa Rican citizens will be eligible for a 50% waiver (tuition balance: 9,750 USD). All other applicants may apply for a 20% waiver (tuition balance: 15,600 USD), which may be granted in limited numbers by mutual decision of UPEACE and UNITAR to ensure equitable gender and regional representation.

See admissions requirements for the face-to-face M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy here.

For questions about the face-to-face MA in Development Studies and Diplomacy: admissions@upeace.org.

See the complete programme brochure here.

Consult the academic calendar here.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Admissions are now CLOSED for the 2020-2021 Academic Year! You can continue to apply for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Contact us at admissions@upeace.org if you have any questions regarding the application process.


M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy: Online

Students can complete the Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy (online) in a maximum of 4 semesters.

See admissions requirements for the online M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy here.

For questions about the online MA in Development Studies and Diplomacy: admissions@elearning.upeace.org

See the complete programme brochure here.

Consult the academic calendar here.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Admissions are now OPEN until 30 August 2020. Contact us at admissions@upeace.org if you have any questions regarding the application process.


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.


Apply Now

Click here to apply now for the face-to-face M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy.

Click here to apply now for the online M.A. in Development Studies and Diplomacy.