M.A. in Diplomacy, Law and Business

Course Start Date
01 Aug 2020

Course End Date
31 July 2022

2 Years

Program Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 3 Lacs

Programme Details


This degree is intended to be neither a totally academic nor a fully vocational one. It stresses theoretical research but insists on relating it to empirically rich phenomena from the social world. Unlike mainstream Masters programmes in International Relations, which are loaded in favour of theoretical research or ‘professional’ course work and internships, MA DLB strikes a balance between the two and requires students to be versed in both domains. A number of core and elective courses in this programme’s curriculum  have research essay assignments, which are expected to be at the frontier of ongoing scholarly debates and simultaneously accessible to policymakers in India and abroad. A separate category of assignments in the form of policy memos will be a common feature of many courses, developing student abilities to make convincing pitches to governments and organisations of various hues.


Applicant to the M.A (DLB) at JSIA must hold a degree (B.A, B.Sc, B.Com, B.E, B.Tech, BBA, LL.B, M.B.B.S etc.) from any recognised university. Students completing their Bachelor’s degree in 2020 can also apply.

This course is open to students from all disciplines: there are no pre-requisites in terms of the courses undertaken at the Bachelor’s level. There is no maximum age for applicantions.

Credit Structure

The M.A. (DLB) degree requires the completion of 80 credits over 4 semesters.

  • All students are required to take 5 mandatory courses covering the fields of international relations, international economics, international law, and research methods
  • Upon completion of the mandatory courses, students may choose from a wide range of elective courses offered by the Schools of International Affairs (JSIA), Law (JGLS), Business (JGBS), and Public Policy (JSGP) at the JGU.
  • In the final semester, students also have the option of completing a dissertation; the dissertation is worth 12 credits and can be done instead of elective courses of the same credit value.
  • Students are also required to complete a Guided internship Programme between semesters 2 and 3. JSIA has a dedicated team of faculty and staff to assist students with obtaining internships, in both India and abroad, as per student preferences and interests.

Course Structure

Semester 1

International Relations Theory and Praxis
International Economics
International Law and Organisations
Social Science Research Methods
Foreign Languages: Spanish,
German, Mandarin and French
Foreign Languages: Dari and Arabic3
Winter Internship
Academic Writing

Semester 2

Political and Business Risk Management
International History
Foreign Language (Spanish,
German, French and Mandarin)
Foreign Language: Dari and Arabic
Advanced Academic Writing
Mandatory Summer Internship/Summer School

Semester 3

Electives (16 Credits) + Research Writing and Design Colloquium for 2 credits
(Mandatory)= 18 Credits
Semester Abroad (18 Credits)

Semester 4

1. Coursework in the form of elective courses amounting to 18 credits
2. Semester Abroad (18 Credits)
3. Dissertation (16 Credits) + Dissertation Colloquium (2 Credits)= 18 Credits
4. Capstone Internship (9 Credits)+ Capstone Paper (9 Credits)= 18 Credits

Course Electives

Students are offered a number of elective courses from their third year of study. These courses are often interdisciplinary, involving elements of law as well as other disciplines in social science and management. Successful completion of electives will lead to the awarding of credits, which are ascertained per elective, based on the number of instructional hours. For example, a three credit course will have atleast three hours of classroom lectures per week and one or more hours of tutorial instruction per week.

Further, a number of elective courses at the various schools of the University are open for cross-registration. For example, a student of the Jindal School of International Affairs shall may opt for a course on International Humanitarian Law offered by the Jindal Global Law School.

Post Program Careers

A Career Director assists students in finding suitable internships in the United Nations system, inter-governmental, regional and non-governmental organisations, financial institutions, think tanks and diplomatic missions.

The curriculum of the M.A. (DLB) includes a mandatory Guided Internship that prepares students for careers in the multiple opportunities afforded by ever-expanding career streams like Peace and Conflict Resolution, Area Studies Experts, Political Journalism, International Justice, International Economic Development, Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights Advocacy, Political and Economic Risk Analysis etc.

Graduates of JSIA go on to become versatile international affairs professionals. M.A. (DLB) students who aim at academic careers are trained in social science theory and methods of the highest quality, so that they become eligible for admission to Ph.D. programmes at top international universities.

Admission Helpline

Mr. Hemant Prakash Sharma
Deputy Director, Admissions and Outreach

: + 91- 8396907494
: hpsharma@jgu.edu.in

Ms. Chetna

Admission Counsellor

: + 91- 8930110960


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