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2019 Graduate Education | International Affairs

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Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy and International Relations


Jennifer Maynord lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is pursuing the Online Executive MS in International Affairs at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, located near New York City. Since joining the school, she has been welcomed as a professional colleague who is leveraging the school’s collaborative environment to help build a distinct career path for herself in international affairs.

“The Seton Hall faculty and staff have gone above and beyond to support me in my unique goals and interest in how the arts can impact peacekeeping and transform conflict.” –Jennifer Maynord, Student, Online Executive MS in International Affairs, Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy and International Relations

“The Seton Hall faculty and staff have gone above and beyond to support me in my unique goals and interest in how the arts can impact peacekeeping and transform conflict,” says Maynord. “The online MS program has already enabled me to build relationships with peers and colleagues from all over the world.” Maynord is specializing in Global Negotiation and Conflict Management, as well as Post-Conflict State Reconstruction.

The experience of personalization and connection is a hallmark of the School of Diplomacy’s tight-knit community. A distinctive quality of the school is the degree to which its administration and faculty engage with students as partners in shaping curriculum, programming, and more. Diplomacy students coordinate events featuring prominent speakers, launch nonprofit organizations, and even serve on the school’s Board of Overseers. On a monthly basis, the student group Diplomacy United Leadership and Communication Exchange (DULCE) invites all members of the school to gather, share innovative ideas, and give feedback on policies, events, and professional development, with an eye toward strengthening the community as a whole.

Graduate degrees offered include the MA in Diplomacy and International Relations and an accelerated Executive MS in International Affairs, which is now available online, on campus, and in a hybrid format. The MS is designed to meet the needs of international business specialists, military officers, returned Peace Corps volunteers, diplomats, and other professionals who seek to advance their skills in diplomacy and international relations.

“Our coursework prepares us to enter into various sectors of international work and integrate diplomacy,” says Maynord. “Personally, I believe peace inevitably begins with each one of us, and I trust Seton Hall is preparing me to do my part in creating awareness and education around conflict resolution strategies and peace efforts.”

The School of Diplomacy offers up to 13 specializations in each program, as well as five dual-degree options. Students can therefore tailor their experience and develop expertise across a wide variety of areas, including global health, conflict management, Asia, the Middle East, international law, and more. In addition, the school offers certificate programs in Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability; UN Studies; and Global Health Management, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Global Studies for teachers.

The school encourages students to apply their studies and contribute to the wider professional community by collaborating with faculty on research projects and participating in initiatives such as Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC). Andrea Bartoli, dean of the school and a member of GAAMAC’s steering committee, regularly travels with students to the organization’s conferences. Recently, a School of Diplomacy student was selected to facilitate a conference panel on the role of youth and education in preventing mass atrocities.

A distinctive alliance between the School of Diplomacy and the UN Association of the USA facilitates opportunities for student internships, UN Youth Representative positions, a weeklong UN Intensive Summer Study Program, and the school’s Semester in Washington, D.C. Program.

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