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.

Admission requirements

The credentials required for admission to the master's degree in global affairs as a matriculated student include the following:

  1. A graduate application for admission and nonrefundable 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 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:

  1. Two letters of recommendation.
  2. A cover letter briefly outlining career ambitions. (Spouses or dependents of a consular or diplomatic employee must indicate this in their cover letter.)

Academic requirements

  1. 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.
  2. Students are strongly encouraged to engage in a thesis and use up to six credits to complete it.
  3. 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.

Special lecturers

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

Course Offerings

To 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