MA in Global Affairs

A program for rising diplomatic staff

The MA in Global Affairs comprises 30 credits (10 courses) of graduate-level coursework offered to consular and diplomatic staff, as well as to their spouses and dependents. 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. Quarters begin in September, January, and April.

In addition to FDU faculty, key professors include former UN 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 away.

Students may receive a Diplomacy and International Relations Certificate after completing 18 credits in any six MA Global Affairs courses. Credits may later be applied to the master's degree.

Robert 'Bobby' F. Kennedy at a podium labeled FDU.


Political and global economy

The political and global economy concentration provides an opportunity to grasp a world of rapid economic change and complex markets. It takes students from local and global elements of innovation to seminars on international trade, and from the national security economy to parallel markets.

International problems and conflict resolution

The international problems and conflict resolution concentration emphasizes both the tractable and intractable confrontations as well as traditional and non-traditional clashes among states and non-state actors.


  • Jaime Buenahora Febres, Ph.D. is a clinical professor of law and comparative politics.
  • Ambassador Ahmed Kamal, Ph.D. is honorary visiting professor of international relations.
  • Peter J. Woolley, Ph.D. is professor of comparative politics.

Special lecturers

  • The Hon. Jon S. Corzine
  • Mark A. Meyer, Esq.
  • Mr. James Orefice

Admission requirements

The credentials required for admission to the Master of Arts in Global Affairs as a matriculated student include the following:

  1. A graduate application for admission and non-refundable application fee.
  2. 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.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Applicants who are unable to provide official documents at the time of enrollment may register as non-matriculated students with a graduate faculty adviser.

Applicants who are not consular or diplomatic personnel must provide the following in addition to what is listed above:

  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A cover letter briefly outlining career ambitions. (If you are the spouse or dependent of a consular or diplomatic employee, please indicate in your cover letter.)

Course descriptions

Among the many course topics are: