The Global Affairs, MA is an interdisciplinary program offering students the opportunity to engage in advanced study of a broad range of global issues. Students complete a core curriculum that provides the knowledge and skills to think and act globally. Students also pursue specializations that include relevant courses from academic departments across the university. All students in the program take part in a residency abroad, typically two weeks in duration, and complete a capstone seminar. Graduates enter the workforce or move forward in their already-established international and domestic careers in the public sector, non-governmental organizations, and business.

This is a Green Leaf program.

Admissions

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For specific information, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.

Policies

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP .6 Graduate Policies.

Students who wish to pursue study abroad in addition to the required core course GLOA 710 Seminar Abroad  must receive prior approval and may not use more than 3 credits earned while abroad towards their specialization. Students must maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average with no more than two grades below B. 

Banner Code: LA-MA-GLOA

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

GLOA 600Global Competencies3
GLOA 605Interdisciplinary Research Methods3
GLOA 610Economic Globalization and Development3
GLOA 620Human Systems3
GLOA 710Seminar Abroad3
Total Credits15

Specialization

Students choose to specialize in one of eight fields by completing 12 credits in that field selected from the courses listed. The specialization is developed in consultation with an advisor. Students who wish to design their own specialization must submit a one-page proposal and receive written approval from the director. Specialization courses must come from at least two academic disciplines.

Global Conflict and Security

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Advanced Topics in Global Health Security (minimum of 3 credits)
Ethics and International Security
Intelligence: Theory and Practice
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security
Nonproliferation and Arms Control
Examining Terrorist Groups
Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Conflict Analysis and Resolution for Prevention, Reconstruction, and Stabilization Contexts
World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution
Diversity and Difference in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Leadership in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution
Globalization and International Conflict
Peace Building
Introduction to Critical Analysis and Strategic Response to Terrorism
Strategic Responses to Terrorism: Coordinated Decision Making
International Negotiation
International Security
Management of International Security
International Conflict and Crisis Response
Peace and Stabilization Operations
or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Global Culture and Society

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Environmental Anthropology
Regional Ethnography
Nationalism, Transnationalism, and States: Local and Global Perspectives
Culture, Power, and Conflict
Gender and Violence
Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution
Post-Conflict Contexts: Between Global and Local
Seminar in Global Culture
Comparative Politics
Global Governance
Democratic Theory
Issues in Comparative and International Politics
Approaches to Modern World History
Problems in Comparative World History
Problems in American History
Topics in World Musics
World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue
Ethical Perspectives of World Religions
Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture
Culture and Globalization
Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives
Sport in the Global Marketplace
Women and Global Issues
or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Global Economics and Development

This specialization is best suited for students with an academic background in economics or for students who have taken microeconomics, macroeconomics, and calculus with a minimum grade of 3.00 in all three.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Conflict in Development
Microeconomic Theory
Microeconomic Theory II
Macroeconomic Theory
Comparative Economic Systems
Environmental Policy
International Political Economy
Global Political Economy
Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy
Global Financial Crises and Institutions
Global Trade Relations
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
Global Economic and Human Development
Business and Politics in Emerging Markets
Political Economy and Integration in Latin America
Managing in the International Arena: Theory and Practice
Total Credits12

Global Education

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners
Education and Culture
Schools and Culture in the Future
Theories of Learning and Cognition
High-Stakes Assessment and Accountability Systems
Culture and Intelligence
Seminar in Global Culture
Society and Education
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Global Governance and Public Management

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Nonproliferation and Arms Control
International Relations
Seminar in Comparative Politics and Institutions
Global Governance
Advanced Seminar in International Politics
International Negotiation
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
European Political and Economic Union
The NGO: Policy and Management
Cross-Cultural and Ethical Dimensions of International Management
Governance and Policy Processes
Theory and Practice in Public Policy
Global Governance
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Global Health

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Intercultural Health and Risk Communication
Global Health
Environmental Health
HIV/AIDS: Concepts, Principles, and Interventions
Global Health Issues Related to Violence
Health Program Planning and Evaluation
Mental Health: A Global Perspective
Refugee Health
Global Infectious Diseases
U.S. and Global Public Health Systems
Health Geography
World Food and Population
Comparative International Health Systems
Global Nutrition
Public Policy in Global Health and Medical Practice
Global Threats and Medical Policies
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Global Media and Information Technology

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Communication in International Organizations
Theories of Public Relations
International Trade and Technology
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
Technology Policy and International Strategies
Culture, Organization, and Technology
Telecommunications Policy
International Migration and Public Policy
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Global Population and Geography

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Environmental Anthropology
Transportation Geography
Issues in Regional Geography
Health Geography
Geospatial Science Fundamentals
World Food and Population
Selected Topics in Geography
Spatial Agent-Based Models of Human-Environment Interactions
Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis for Public Policy
Immigration Policy
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Capstone Seminar

GLOA 720Capstone Research Seminar3
Total Credits3

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Global Affairs, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated master's degree in global affairs. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in global affairs after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within five years.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For specific information, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete GLOA 600 Global Competencies and either GLOA 605 Interdisciplinary Research Methods or GLOA 610 Economic Globalization and Development with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits (GLOA 605 Interdisciplinary Research Methods or GLOA 610 Economic Globalization and Development and GLOA 620 Human Systems) as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form. The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.