MA in Global Affairs

Catalog Year: 2024-2025

Banner Code: LA-MA-GLOA

Green Leaf

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.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

This is a Green Leaf program.

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

Core Courses

GLOA 600 Global Competencies 3
GLOA 605 Interdisciplinary Research Methods 3
GLOA 610 Economic Globalization and Development 3
GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization 3
GLOA 710 Seminar Abroad 3
Total Credits 15

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.

Global Conflict and Security

GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization (different topic from that meeting core requirement) 3
or GLOA 599 Issues in Global Affairs
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
BIOD 610
Advanced Topics in Global Health Security (minimum of 3 credits)
BIOD 621
Ethics and International Security
BIOD 705
Intelligence: Theory and Practice
BIOD 706
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security
BIOD 709
Nonproliferation and Arms Control
BIOD 722
Examining Terrorist Groups
BIOD 725
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
GOVT 742
International Negotiation
GOVT 745
International Security
PUAD 634
Management of International Security
International Conflict and Crisis Response
Peace and Stabilization Operations
or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

Global Culture and Society

GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization (different topic from that meeting core requirement) 3
or GLOA 599 Issues in Global Affairs
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
Environmental Anthropology
Regional Ethnography
Culture, Power, and Conflict
Gender and Violence
Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution
Seminar in Global Culture
GOVT 530
Comparative Politics
GOVT 725
Democratic Theory
GOVT 739
Issues in Comparative and International Politics
Approaches to Modern World History
Problems in Global History
Problems in American History
Topics in World Musics
Interreligious Dialogue
Issues in Religious Ethics
Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives
Sport in the Global Marketplace
Transnational Issues of Gender and Race
or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

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.

GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization (different topic from that meeting core requirement) 3
or GLOA 599 Issues in Global Affairs
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
Conflict in Development
Microeconomic Theory
Microeconomic Theory II
Macroeconomic Theory
Comparative Economic Systems
Environmental Policy
GCP 503
Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy
GCP 504
Microeconomics and Trade Policy
GCP 602
Global Financial Crises and Institutions
GCP 603
Global Trade Relations
GCP 701
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
GCP 767
Political Economy and Integration in Latin America
GOVT 743
International Political Economy
Global Development and Human Security
PUAD 504
Managing in the International Arena: Theory and Practice
Total Credits 12

Global Education

GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization (different topic from that meeting core requirement) 3
or GLOA 599 Issues in Global Affairs
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners
Education and Culture
Theories of Learning and Cognition
Culture and Intelligence
Seminar in Global Culture
Society and Education
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

Global Governance and Public Management

GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization (different topic from that meeting core requirement) 3
or GLOA 599 Issues in Global Affairs
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
BIOD 709
Nonproliferation and Arms Control
GCP 701
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
GCP 761
European Political and Economic Union
GOVT 540
International Relations
GOVT 631
Seminar in Comparative Politics and Institutions
GOVT 741
Advanced Seminar in International Politics
GOVT 742
International Negotiation
PUAD 636
The NGO: Policy and Management
PUAD 701
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 Credits 12

Global Health

GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization (different topic from that meeting core requirement) 3
or GLOA 599 Issues in Global Affairs
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
Intercultural Health and Risk Communication
Global Health
Environmental Health
HIV/AIDS: Concepts, Principles, and Interventions
Health Program Planning and Evaluation (Mason Core)
Global Infectious Diseases
U.S. and Global Public Health Systems
Health Geography
Comparative International Health Systems
NUTR 630
Global Nutrition
Public Policy in Global Health and Medical Practice
Global Threats and Medical Policies
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

Global Media and Information Technology

GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization (different topic from that meeting core requirement) 3
or GLOA 599 Issues in Global Affairs
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
Theories of Public Relations
GCP 604
New Technologies in the Global Economy
GCP 701
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
Culture, Organization, and Technology
Telecommunications Policy
International Migration and Public Policy
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

Global Population and Geography

GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization (different topic from that meeting core requirement) 3
or GLOA 599 Issues in Global Affairs
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
Environmental Anthropology
Transportation Geography
Issues in Regional Geography
Health Geography
Geospatial Science Fundamentals
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 Credits 12

Capstone Seminar

GLOA 720 Capstone Research Seminar 3
Total Credits 3

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking foreign languages or global affairs with a discipline other than that listed below should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies in AP.6.9.6.

Foreign Languages, MA and Global Affairs, MA Dual Degree

The Department of Foreign Languages and the Global Affairs Program offer a dual master's program where a student can earn both a Foreign languages MA (concentration in French, Spanish, or Spanish-bilingual/multicultural education) and the Global Affairs MA in a minimum of 48 credits rather than the minimum of 60 credits. This program is governed by university policy AP.6.9.6.

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 information specific to this dual master's program see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Requirements

Students pursuing a dual master's program linking the Foreign Languages MA with a concentration in French, Spanish, or Spanish bilingual/multicultural education with the Global Affairs MA can share 12 credits between the two programs.

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking global affairs or interdisciplinary studies (concentration in women and gender studies) with a discipline other than that listed below should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies in AP.6.9.6.

Global Affairs, MA and Interdisciplinary Studies, MAIS (concentration in women and gender studies) Dual Degree

The Global Affairs and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs offer a dual master's program where a student can earn both a Global Affairs MA and the Interdisciplinary Studies MAIS (concentration in women and gender studies) in 54 credits rather than 66 credits. This program is governed by university policy AP.6.9.6

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 information specific to this dual master's program see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Requirements

Total credits: 54

Required Global Affairs Courses

GLOA 600 Global Competencies 3
GLOA 610 Economic Globalization and Development 3
GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization 3
GLOA 710 Seminar Abroad 3
Select three courses from the chosen specialization for the global affairs MA 9
Total Credits 21

Required Women and Gender Studies Courses

WMST 630 Feminist Theories 3
WMST 640 Transnational Issues of Gender and Race 3
Select one course in critical race studies from the following: 3
Critical Race Studies
Representations of Race
Genealogy of Black Feminist Thought
Policing Black Bodies
Policing Black Bodies
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Special Topics
Select one course in bodies and sexualities from the following: 3
Gender, Sexuality, and Disability
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Queer Theory
Select one course in transnational and global perspectives from the following: 3
Transnational Sexualities
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights
Sexuality, Race, and Immigration
Sociology of Globalization
Social Justice and Equity in International Education
Select 9 credits in elective courses chosen from the following and not used to fulfill another requirement: 9
Gender, Sexuality, and Disability
Transnational Sexualities
Sexuality, Race, and Immigration
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies
Special Topics
Queer Theory
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights
Internship
Total Credits 24

Required Methods Course 

Select one from the following: 3
Interdisciplinary Research Methods
Feminist Research Methods
Total Credits 3

Capstone

Select one of the following: 3
Capstone Research Seminar
Integrated Learning Experience
Total Credits 3

Project or Thesis

Select one of the following: 3
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 3 credits)
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 3 credits)
Total Credits 3

Total Credits: 54