Academic Study

The academic study of public diplomacy is part of our mission.  Many members of the Council teach public diplomacy at universities in Washington and beyond the Beltway.  Several of them helped to inform the collection of resources on this page, with the assistance and coordination of PDC Volunteer Pauline Yang.

AU Fellowship: In partnership with American University, the Public Diplomacy Council offers an annual fellowship to students in AU’s interdisciplinary International Media program, a joint master’s program administered by its schools of Communication and International Service. As a PDC-AU collaboration, this fellowship represents the PDC’s commitment to engage further with the academic study of public diplomacy while encouraging the next generation of practitioners.

University programs:  Below you will find a selection of university programs and courses, mostly at the graduate level, that focus on diplomacy in the public sphere.

Course descriptions: Our members have also supplied syllabi and descriptions of university courses that center on public diplomacy.

Bruce Gregory’s Resources, an occasional compilation by the Washington-based professor, covers the periodical literature on public diplomacy comprehensively.  Here is the latest, and a link to past editions.


Academic programs in PD and related fields in the United States

American University (School of International Service) -- MA, Intercultural and International Communication


Arizona State University (Center for Strategic Communication) -- PhD, Communication


Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service) -- MS, Foreign Service


George Washington University (School of Media and Public Affairs / Elliott School of International Affairs) -- MA, Global Communication, International Affairs, or Media and Strategic Communication


Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government) -- MA, Public Policy 


Syracuse University (Newhouse School of Public Communications and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs) -- MA, International Relations / MS, Public Relations dual degree


Tufts University (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy) -- MA, Law and Diplomacy (via the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World: Cyber, Media, and Public Diplomacy)


University of Southern California (Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism) -- Master of Public Diplomacy (in conjunction with the Dornsife School of International Relations)


Yale University (Jackson Institute for Global Affairs) -- MA, Global Affairs



International institutes with PD programs


Beijing Foreign Studies University -- MA, Public Diplomacy


Clingendael -- Course on Intercultural Communication


Diplo Foundation -- Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy


Kyoto University of Foreign Studies -- Master's and Doctoral Programs in Foreign Languages and Cultures 




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