Seton Hall University - School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Why you should consider this program

The M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations is a 45 credit degree program that can be completed entirely on campus, or in a hybrid format, depending upon the customization options selected. Thirteen functional and regional specializations, as well as a professional internship, allow candidates to tailor their course of study to meet individual interests and goals.

The School's dedicated internship office supports students career development through one-on-one advising, workshops, alumni mentorship, and guidance with competitive internship, fellowship and placement opportunities in public service, business, law, and the nonprofit sector.

Through a unique alliance with the United Nations Association of the USA, the School offers students a wide range of academic and professional benefits, including a UN Summer Program, Semester in Washington, D.C., the opportunity to serve as youth representatives to the UN, contribute to research, participate in special events featuring high-level officials and more.

Just 14 miles from New York City, the epi-center of international relations, Seton Hall's academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Coverdell Fellows join a community of scholars and practitioners committed to making a difference.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 62,010 $ 31,005 $ 31,005
Out of state $ 62,010 $ 31,005 $ 31,005
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

The Coverdell scholarship covers 50% tuition.

Coverdell Fellows receive a scholarship of six (6) credits per semester. See graduate tuition details at:

The $75 application fee is waived.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

Up to three awards per year

Other benefits or opportunities

Candidates may be considered for other financial aid options, including Research Assistantship and/or Graduate Assistantships.  

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 17,000

Application fee waived?



Fellows will support the Peace Corps’ mission by completing a required internship through the School's partnership with local service communities.

Placements include, but are not limited to, positions with the American Red Cross of Essex County and the International Rescue Committee in Elizabeth, NJ, among others. Fellows are welcome to research additional sites that may be more applicable to their career aspirations.

The School's dedicated Office of Internships and Career Development is available to provide advisement and resources to assist Fellows in identifying and selecting an internship site.

Jobs for program alumni

Alumni apply their skills and knowledge across a variety of sectors. Our most recent data indicates that 22% are employed in the public sector, 38% in the nonprofit, and 40% in the private sector. Examples of some of the employers of our recent graduates include: the U.S. Department of State, the EU Delegation to the United Nations, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Amnesty International USA, the NGO Working Group on the Security Council, Booz Allen Hamilton, JP Morgan Chase, and BuzzFeed.

Other details

Program length

Full-time students complete the program in 2 years. Summer courses are available if students wish to accelerate their progress.

Application requirements

Please follow the instructions in this page for our itemized admissions requirements: Coverdell applicants must  complete  Seton  Hall's  electronic  graduate application and must include one paragraph in their personal statement of interest indicating  top  qualities  that  make  them  strong  Coverdell Fellow  candidates.  In addition  to  the  required  admissions  documents,  applicants  must  attach  a  copy  of their  Peace  Corps  DOS  in  the  online  application  or  email  it  to [email protected].

Admissions process

In order to be considered for a Coverdell fellowship, applicants apply for fall admission to the M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations program by May 1. Candidates must complete Seton Hall's electronic graduate application and must include one paragraph in their personal statement of interest indicating top qualities that make them strong Coverdell Fellow candidates. In addition to the required admissions documents, applicants must attach a copy of their Peace Corps DOS in the online application or email it to [email protected].

Program begins

Fall and Spring

Non-traditional options

MA candidates may take advantage of our on campus and online courses.  In addition students may participate in international seminars, the Semester in Washington DC program and UN Summer Intensive program in New York City. To qualify for the Coverdell Fellowship, students must be enrolled full-time.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Catherine Ruby, PhD., Assistant Dean, Office of Graduate Admissions

Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079