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International Law and Diplomacy, Adv Certificate

Government and Politics


Earn a certificate in International Law and Diplomacy St. John's University in New York City or Rome, Italy!

The Department of Government and Politics offers you the opportunity to complete a Certificate in International Law and Diplomacy. This certificate can be obtained independently or as a complement to the master’s degree. Students who have already completed their M.A. degree in the department may continue to study for the Certificate. Please note that no federal aid is available to students who pursue the certificate independently from the M.A. degree.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Government and Politics faculty.

Department Contact

Fred P. Cocozzelli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Government and Politics
St. John Hall, Room 234C
[email protected]

Rome Campus Contact

Margherita Panzera
Assistant Dean
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Via Marcantonio Colonna 21A
Rome, Italy
+39 06 393842

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The certificate requires students to successfully complete 18 credits in International Relations and Comparative Politics courses. At least six credits must be taken from the following three-credit International Law and Diplomacy courses:

  • GOV 271 Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
  • GOV 341 International Law: Law of Peace
  • GOV 342 International Human Rights Law
  • GOV 343 International Law: Law of International Transactions
  • GOV 344 International Law: Law of War and Neutrality

Entrance Requirements
For admission to graduate studies in the department, students are expected to have an undergraduate preparation of at least 18 credits in government and politics/political science or equivalent and a 3.0 GPA. Any deficiency in preparation may require supplementary course work for admission in the form of suitable graduate courses, as determined by the department.

Additional Information


The majority of Rome campus scholarships cover 25 percent of the cost of tuition. They are awarded to incoming students based on scholastic achievement, evidence of leadership and work experience, and financial need. They are awarded for the entire period of study. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must include an additional letter of interest with their program applications. Students who are awarded scholarships are still responsible for paying general fees and any other program fees.

The Pope Paul VI Scholarship, which began in 1965, is available to diplomatic personnel from Permanent Missions to the United Nations (UN), as well as UN personnel interested in pursuing a Master of Arts in Government and Politics or an Advanced Certificate in International Law and Diplomacy or Public Administration. Eligible candidates must provide a letter of proof of employment to verify the student’s affiliation with the United Nations or Embassy. This partial scholarship covers 50 percent of tuition for the M.A. in Government and Politics or the Advanced Certificates in International Law and Diplomacy or Public Administration.

Graduate Assistantships

See Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships for further details.

Resident Assistantships

Resident assistantship (RA) opportunities are offered to currently enrolled students on a semester basis. RAs work closely with the Residence Director and live on campus. The part-time position includes assisting with student arrival and departure days, serving as an emergency contact for the students, and enforcing campus policies and procedures. Knowledge of Italian is an advantage. Remuneration for work includes a single room in the residence and a meal plan.