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Admitted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University! We are proud to welcome you to our professional community. Below is important information for newly admitted Diplomacy graduate students that will help you navigate the next steps for enrollment.
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Confirm Your Seat in the Program

Congratulations on your acceptance to our graduate program! As a newly admitted student the next step is to confirm your place in our graduate program by making a non-refundable deposit of $500, which is applied towards your first semester tuition costs. Please use the application portal to confirm your seat in the program within four weeks of receiving your admissions offer.

Recommended Reading List

As you prepare for graduate study we would like to provide you the opportunity to get a head start in learning about international relations. Our alumni have suggested that introductory readings are helpful preparation for the first semester of graduate coursework. Accordingly, our faculty has compiled a list of works from which you can make your own selection.
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Student Organizations

Clubs and organizations are not only great resources to students in building a sense of community and camaraderie; they are opportunities for enhancing intellectual pursuits and developing professional skills as well. For these reasons, the School of Diplomacy sponsors unique international relations related activities for the School's diverse student body.
Learn more about opportunities for Diplomacy graduate students »

International Student Visas

All persons who are not U.S. citizens or nationals who wish to come to the United States for a specific, limited activity are considered non-immigrant aliens and require a visa to enter the country. The Office of International Programs provides services for non-immigrant aliens that wish to attend Seton Hall University as students, researchers or scholars, e.g., the issuance of an I-20 or DS-2019, employment authorization, and change of status. Visit the Office of International Programs website for more information »

Housing Resources

Seton Hall University does not provide housing for graduate students. We encourage you to explore and utilize the following resources in your housing search:

  • You may consider joining the Graduate Housing Facebook Group, which was created by students, to serve as a platform to post opportunities and exchange with each-other information regarding roommate options and more. Use caution when sharing your personal information at any time; this group is currently set as 'public.'
  • Most of you have been matched with a current graduate student at this time (if you were recently accepted to the program, you will hear from a student soon). Take advantage of this introduction, which is meant to help you assimilate into the program/School/area overall.
  • As a new incoming graduate student, you are automatically a member of the Graduate Diplomacy Council (GDC). GDC develops and coordinates events, seminars and educational programs, and provides avenues for students to socialize and collaborate on projects. Students are encouraged to be involved and to initiate new programs. Activities of the GDC include professional development events, an international dinner series, coffeehouse discussion series, the School of Diplomacy Colloquium, language groups, charity fund raisers, a peer advisor program, and numerous social events. Learn more about the GDC, join their Facebook Group and get in touch by visiting our Student Life page >> 

If you have any questions or would like more general information, please don't hesitate to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at

Financing Your Degree

Scholarships are available through the School of Diplomacy and Seton Hall University for both incoming and current students. Learn more about financial aid opportunities »

Attend an Orientation Event

All students will attend a required in-person Orientation event held at the start of the semester. The Director of Graduate Admissions also conducts virtual advising sessions prior to the start of the semester to assist you in preparing for your graduate school transition. These sessions are available on the following schedule:

Friday, May 15
Online Graduate Orientation

Fall 2020 incoming graduate students are invited to an online orientation event, featuring Acting Dean, Dr. Courtney Smith; Chair, Dr. Martin Edwards; Director of Online Studies, Dr. Fredline M'Cormack-Hale; Assistant Dean/Graduate Student Advisor, Daniel Kristo; and current students. Among other topics, we will discuss successful preparation for enrollment, student/faculty engagement and more. Contact to RSVP. 

Save the Date: Monday, August 31
Mandatory Graduate Orientation 

A mandatory (excluding online students) New Graduate Student Orientation will be held the first day of classes, Monday, August 31, 10am-2pm, on our main campus in South Orange, NJ. Details will be provided via email. In the event of changes due to COVID-19 precautions we will notify you as soon as possible with alternative plans. 

If you missed hearing from our deans, faculty, alumni and current students during the virtual Meet Our Community event, you may review the presentation here

Request a Student Mentor

All graduate Diplomacy students automatically become members of the Graduate Diplomacy Council, a great platform for social and professional networking amongst colleagues. Refer to the student organizations page for details and to get involved.

If you wish to be connected to a current student mentor, please send us an email request.

Attend School Events

We encourage you to make the most of your graduate student experience by participating in professional School and University events. Explore career paths with current professionals in the field, discuss critical global concerns with visiting international leaders, and consider study abroad opportunities and more.

At the beginning of the semester, you will automatically be added to the School's weekly E-Newsletter distribution list highlighting upcoming events and opportunities. If you are interested in attending an event prior to your semester start date, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at with your interest.
Learn more about upcoming events »

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