Program Objectives

A unique international program to master business and diplomatic practices

The significant and increasing interaction of state and non-state actors in business and diplomacy has accordingly led to the emergence of Business Diplomacy. More than ever before, government officials and representatives are urged to deal with non-state representatives to advance businesses, economies, development, cultural and public diplomacy.

Business Diplomacy is of immediate and potential interest for students seeking to work in international organizations, non-governmental organizations, government institutions, diplomacy, global business and economy, think tanks, public relations, and international negotiations.

This MBA Business Diplomacy, taught in English, treats Business Diplomacy in four different aspects: States & International Institutions; Non-State Actors; Corporate Strategy; and Global Economy & Markets. The Program also includes study tours and visits to international organizations, diplomatic and business representations, as well as workshops.

This program delivers a title of Trade and Marketing Manager, certified level I by the CNCP.

At a glance

Program operated by


Initial, continuous or work-study training


Full English

in Paris

Intake in October

Accessible after a 4-year post-secondary degree

months of internship

State & International Institutions

Evolution of Diplomacy

Tracing the evolution of diplomacy and diplomatic practices, this course entitles the students to a broader view of state to state relations. It also highlights the importance of bilateral diplomatic relations in fostering economic wealth and promoting for business.

Global Governance

This course aims to develop a better understanding of the complex interaction of power, influence, and authority in the global arena and to introduce the multitude of actors, institutions, ideas, rules, and processes that contribute to the management of today’s global society.

Public & Cultural Diplomacy

This course illustrates how countries communicate with citizens in other societies, deliberately or involuntarily, through both official and private individuals and institutions, to achieve foreign policy goals.

Inter-Governmental Organizations

Students review in this course the history, structure, functions and evolution of inter-governmental organizations. They study the role of those international bodies in both bilateral and multilateral state relations, and their impact on stability as well as on business development.

International Arbitrary Law

In the form of case studies, state-to-state disputes and international business conflicts are treated in this course, where students develop a broad understanding of the principles underlining international law regulations and practices.

Non-State Actors

Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Voluntary Organizations, Trans-National Corporations

This course focuses on the role of NGOs, PVOs and TNCs in current affairs, politics and business at large. It provides the students with a landscape view of how those actors are shaping the future of global governance in respect of their expertise, autonomy and fields of concern.

Global Media

By exploring information and communication technologies, access to information, transparency and citizen journalism, students assess the role of global media in current affairs and business. It examines the relation between the state and citizens, as well as between the state and private sectors.

Global Finance

This course deals with worldwide monetary systems and macroeconomic relations among countries. It highlights how international trade is affected by, among others, financial systems and risk management.

Corporate Strategy

International Business Negotiations

State to state, state to private, and business to business negotiations are practiced in this course, with particular reference to strategies and tactics. Specific features related to negotiating across cultures are also developed through simulations in class.

Business Intelligence

In this course students acquire competence in transforming business data and information to knowledge and power in today’s competitive environment. Such competence is important to assure a competitive edge in negotiations.

Business Protocol and Etiquette

A set of procedures and practices in protocol and etiquette in both diplomacy and business are illustrated in this course to enable students to adapt to settings as they interact throughout their professional careers.

Global Markets & Economy

Information Technology and Innovation

This course provides students with insights on current and potential fields of business and innovation in information technology in terms of development, investment, challenges, expectations and opportunities.

Business & Economics

As global markets and economies evolve, certain businesses emerge according to necessities, interests and trends. This course reviews those current and potential aspects in the regions of Africa, East Asia; Middle East, North America, South America.


Crisis Management

Dealing with the components of crisis management, this workshop gives students an understanding of the nature of an issue or a crisis, and how these may manifest and how they should be handled.

Public Relations & Lobbying

This workshop is designed to familiarize students with the history, guiding principles and strategies of Public Relations & Lobbying, in terms of theory and code of ethics as well as through case study examples. Critique of the industry will also be introduced for students to be informed of varying degrees of public perception, both for further understanding of dimensions in the profession and anticipating the counter point of view.

Global Business Operations

This workshop aims to help students understand the impacts of globalization and to develop the ability to think strategically about global business issues. It also highlights patterns of international competition through examination of specific industries and firms.
Students, furthermore, integrate and apply models, tools and concepts from various perspectives to a real world global setting.

Corporate Risk Management

Using real-world case studies and introducing the key principles of risk management techniques that help optimize corporate risk, this workshop teaches students to identify the risks faced by a business, the tools used to assess their scope and priority, how to respond and manage risks, covering internal discipline, uncertainty quantification techniques and specific frameworks for risk management.

Program Structure

This MBA Business Diplomacy allows students to alternate business studies with professional experience:

From October to March: work-study rhythm

Students follow a 6-month semester of academic coursework alternated with internship (3 days in class and 2 days of internship per week). An exam session is planned at the end of this semester (in March).

From April to September: internship

Students complete a full-time professional internship of 5 or 6 months, in France or aborad. During this period, they must also write and defend a thesis in a field related to this program.