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International Law and Diplomacy, Certificate

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18 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus, Rome Campus


The Department of Government and Politics offers students 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


Office of Graduate Admission
[email protected]


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

Graduate assistantships covering half or the full cost of tuition for up to four classes per semester are offered to students who are currently enrolled at the Rome campus. Assistantships are awarded based on academic achievement, the needs of the St. John's administration, and the student’s demonstrated skills. Students receiving assistantships must maintain a full-time study program. Renewal of assistantship contracts, contingent on satisfactory work, is at the discretion of the University. Students who are interested in applying must complete the appropriate form and submit it with their application materials.

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.

Program News

After receiving a fellowship last year from the East Asia Institute (EAI), Government and Politics Associate Professor David W. Kearn, Ph.D., will serve for the 2016-2017 academic year as a fellow...