MA in Global Affairs
A program for rising diplomatic staff
The MA in global affairs comprises 30 credits (10 courses) of graduate-level course work offered primarily to consular and diplomatic staff off-campus. They are part-time students coming from around the globe, from Argentina to Zambia. They work full-time, typically taking six credits off-campus per quarter and completing the program in two to three years. Courses begin in September, January, May, and July.
In addition to full-time FDU faculty, key professors include former U.N. ambassadors and consuls general who hold small, in-person classes. Students also have the option of taking a number of online courses to accelerate the program, or to complete it if they are re-posted out of the area.
The credentials required for admission to the master's degree in global affairs as a matriculated student include the following:
- A graduate application for admission and nonrefundable application fee.
- A bachelor's degree (or corresponding post-secondary degree) from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 2.70. Applicants with a CGPR of less than 2.70 may be admitted as matriculated students on probation.
- Official transcripts from all college sand universities previously attended.Applicants who are unable to provide official documents at the time of enrollment may register matriculated students with a graduate faculty adviser.
Spouses and dependents may also apply, and a number of seats are held for U.S. citizens. Applicants who are not consular or diplomatic personnel must provide the following in addition to the above:
- Two letters of recommendation.
- A cover letter briefly outlining career ambitions. (Spouses or dependents of a consular or diplomatic employee must indicate this in their cover letter.)
- Students must complete 30 credits (10 courses) of graduate-level course work in political science or in sister disciplines, as approved, in history, economics, business or public administration or administrative science.
- Students are strongly encouraged to engage in a thesis and use up to six credits to complete it.
- A cumulative grade point ratio of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required for graduation. Students who receive more than two grades of C or lower will be dismissed from the program.
Certificate in Diplomacy and International Relations
Students may earn a Certificate in Diplomacy and International Relations after completing any six courses listed for the Master of Arts in global affairs. The certificate is listed on student transcripts and students receive a paper certificate.
Students may apply for the certificate program only, and later apply the credits toward a Master of Arts in global affairs.
- Jaime Buenahora Febres, PhD is a clinical professor of law and comparative politics.
- Ambassador Ahmed Kamal, PhD is honorary visiting professor of international relations.
- Peter J. Woolley, PhD is professor of comparative politics.
- The Hon. Jon S. Corzine
- Mark A. Meyer, Esq.
- Mr. James Orefice
Course OfferingsTo determine availability of a course in a particular semister, please check with the academic adviser.
- POLS6702 Thesis Seminar
- POLS6711 Genocide
- POLS6801 Methods of Political Analysis
- POLS6816 World Heritage Law and Policy
- POLS6840 Thesis or Project
- POLS6870 Ethics in Public Affairs
- POLS6871 Latin-American Relations
- POLS6873 Seminar on Globalization
- POLS6874 Trafficking in Humans
- POLS6875 Seminar in International Trade
- POLS6876 Comparative Innovation Systems
- POLS7716 Delivery of Public Services
- POLS7724 Comparative Governmental and Administrative Systems
- POLS7815 Nationalism and Its Discontents
- POLS7820 Models of Political Systems
- POLS7821 Modern Political Theory
- POLS7822 The Character of Movements
- POLS7825 Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
- POLS7826 Politics of Public Policy
- POLS7830 International Organizations
- POLS7831 International Law
- POLS7832 International Problems and Conflict Resolution
- POLS7833 Modern Warfare and Global Stability
- POLS7834 Politics of the Global Economy
- POLS7835 Geography and World Politics
- POLS7836 Crisis Leadership
- POLS7837 The Modern Balkan States
- POLS7838 Political Leadership and the U.N.
- POLS7851 Forces and Issues: Middle East
- POLS7853 The New Europe
- POLS7854 Changing Eastern Europe
- POLS7855 The Modern African State
- POLS7856 Cities in Crisis
- POLS7863 Comparative Government: Middle East
- POLS7866 Africa in World Politics
- POLS7867 Political and Economic Challenges for Africa
- POLS7868 Terrorism and Insurgency
- POLS7869 Economics of National Security
- POLS7870 International Implications of Middle East Problems
- POLS7871 The Modern Asian State
- POLS7872 China and Japan: Comparative Systems
- POLS7873 Political and Economic Challenges: Asia
- POLS7874 Latin America: New Challenges
- POLS7875 Canada, Mexico and U.S. Perspectives
- POLS7902 Rethinking Europe's Future