Master of Science in Sustainable Development and Diplomacy

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Program Type: MSc

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School of Diplomacy and Global Affairs

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EUCLID’s online Master in Sustainable Development and Diplomacy is based on EUCLID’s MBA/SD which was ranked #1 in 2016 for a good reason: it is offered by an international intergovernmental organization with a university mandate and specialized expertise in sustainable development. Historically, EUCLID grew out of the cooperation between universities and the International Organization for Sustainable Development (IOSD) which was the original SD international organization and which is now a EUCLID affiliated institute.


It is therefore only master’s degree program in sustainable development and diplomacy organized by an international intergovernmental organization and officially used by senior civil servants over 4 continents. It is also highly relevant to managers and executives working for multinational companies.

EUCLID’s MSDD offers a comprehensive graduate study of the most relevant topics, including economic development, UN SD goals, international law, ecological economics, etc. Graduates can expect to complete the program transformed and enhanced in their ability to make a difference in global sustainability.


Academic Presentation

This online master’s degree program blends two streams of knowledge: sustainable economic development and international governance. Entrance into the program presupposed a good command of economics.

online master in sustainable development

The curriculum provides a progression of courses covering ecological economics (with case studies), sustainable development studies, and international affairs related to SD.

This program focuses on applicable professional knowledge and skills rather than the advancement of academic knowledge for its own sake. Also, sustainable economic development is considered from a Global South angle as well as from major Western/OECD sources.

This is a program that is also used by civil servants working for EUCLID Participating States and can be considered an excellent route to pursue a career within governmental bodies, NGOs, global corporations and international organizations.

Within certain parameters, the curriculum is customizable, with elective courses focusing on:

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sustainable Development in Africa
  • Small islands issues
  • Culture and Development
  • Islamic Economics and Finance.



Applicants should have a relevant Bachelor’s degree issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO-IAU handbook/database or otherwise duly recognized/accredited. Similar or related backgrounds with adequate professional experience may be considered for Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) who may be admitted without the required educational credential if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program. Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested. Students are expected to be in a position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.

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Program Outline

Course Name

International Academic and Professional Paper Writing


Argumentation and Critical Thinking


The Economist Review


Diplomacy: Theory and Practice


Economic Development


Introduction to the UN System


Introduction to Sustainable Development


Culture and Global Change


Ecological Economics


Africa’s Economic Development


International Organizations I

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Employment Outlook

This EUCLID master's degree program provides outstanding professional and academic preparation to its students for a successful career in global affairs at the international, regional, national and local levels. Our alumni have been successful in securing employment and promotions in government service and international organizations.

Why Study @ EUCLID?

EUCLID is the only intergovernmental, treaty-based university with a UN registered charter and recognized expertise in diplomacy. Join the alma mater of ambassadors and senior officials globally.