The Master of Arts in International Affairs / Juris Doctor is a combined program, administered jointly with the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. You must apply and be accepted at both universities.

The program is designed for students with a strong interest in international law and relations. The program provides an excellent opportunity for students to weave together research interests in law and international relations and is an excellent basis for a career in government or the private sector, as well as advanced studies in international affairs and international law. You will gain a full service, legal education, preparing you for entrance to the practice of law or other careers in the public and private sectors where a legal education is required or beneficial. You will also receive the full benefit of the MA in international affairs, including the necessary skills and tools to develop an understanding of our complex global environment. Areas of expertise in International Affairs include: conflict resolution and security, terrorism and intelligence, international trade and finance, international governance and development.

Capital Advantage

NPSIA’s location in Ottawa gives the School a direct window on Canada’s role in international affairs, while allowing us to engage with the international policy community, including those involved in the creation and interpretation of international law. Students benefit from having direct access to officials and lawyers from government departments, business and non-governmental organizations based in Canada’s capital city. Career opportunities are just down the road.

Fields of Specialization

  • International Economic Policy
  • Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution
  • Intelligence and International Affairs
  • Security and Defence Policy
  • International Organizations and Global Public Policy
  • International Development  Policy
  • Health, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Public international law
  • Law of armed conflict and post-conflict justice
  • International humanitarian law
  • International mediation and conflict resolution
  • Arms control and treaty compliance

Program Information

Length: 4 years

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: January 31

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Contact: Jean Daudelin

Experiential Learning: Internships, Co-op

Pathway Options: Coursework, , Thesis

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