Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations

The School of Diplomacy and Seton Hall School of Law offer a joint degree program leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations and Juris Doctor. The joint degree presents a unique opportunity for students to combine legal training with a thorough understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural dynamics of international affairs. In a competitive job market, joint degree recipients possess the training and expertise that make them stand out. The program may be completed in four years and one summer, rather than the five years usually required for the separate completion of both degrees.
This program is available only to full-time students. Interested students submit separate applications to both Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and Seton Hall Law and must be accepted for admission to each of the schools. Students should indicate on each application that they wish to be considered for the joint degree program. Full-time first or second year law students may apply for admission to the School of Diplomacy, identifying themselves as candidates for the joint degree and notifying the Law School of their intent to seek admission to that program. Some loss of credits may result from late application.
Only one application fee for the two programs is required. The School of Diplomacy accepts the LSDAS report from Seton Hall Law containing LSAT scores, transcripts, recommendations, etc. Students who have taken the LSAT are not required to take the GRE.

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Candidates should complete the primary application information, attach a current resume and statement of purpose. Additional documents, including letters of recommendation, LSAT scores and transcripts will be extracted from the Law School application. Please contact Daniel Kristo, Director of Graduate Admissions, at daniel.kristo@shu.edu or (973) 275-2142, upon completion of your application to Seton Hall Law, and with any additional questions about the School of Diplomacy. 

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Please contact the Seton Hall Law Admissions Office at (973) 642-8687 with questions.


Diplomacy and International Relations Component (30 credits)

DIPL 6000
International Relations Theory
DIPL 6001 or
DIPL 6180
Politics of Cultural and Ethnic Pluralism
Comparative Foreign Policy
DIPL 6002 or
DIPL 6004
International Organizations
Peacemaking and Peacekeeping
DIPL 6105 or
DIPL 6155
International Political Economy or
Advanced Economic Aspects of International Relations
DIPL 6104 or
DIPL 6130
Art and Science of International Negotiation
International Security
DIPL 7111
Diplomacy Electives

*A student with a clerkship may substitute a Diplomacy elective for the internship requirement.
Law Component (88 credits)
As part of their Law School coursework, students must complete the following requirements:

  • International Legal Studies Group (12 credits)

  • Independent Research (2 credits - WRTG 9142) or a second Advanced Writing Requirement course drawn from the International Legal Studies Group.

 A comprehensive list of Diplomacy course descriptions can be found here.

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