Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations
The Master's in Global Studies and International Relations is a new program that will launch in September 2014, replacing the Master's in Global Studies and International Affairs. Students who enroll before September 2014 and students who are currently enrolled in the Global Studies and International Affairs master's program will have the option to transition into the new curriculum.
|Campus Locations||Boston, Online, Seattle|
|Also available 100% Online||Yes|
|Credits Required for Graduation||46|
|Entry Terms||Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter|
|Meets International Visa Requirements||Yes|
“Our students impress employers with their top-notch analytical, research, and communications skills—and their cultural adaptability.”
– Program Director Mary Thompson-Jones
Our world is smaller than ever. Economies in developing nations directly impact the world's economic health; multi-national corporations operate across the globe; and complex cross-cultural problems demand solutions.
Prepare for internationally focused positions in the U.S. or abroad with our practical, interdisciplinary and interactive Master's degree in Global Studies and International Relations.
- Study global issues from government, private and nonprofit viewpoints
- Develop practical expertise in one of the world's six major regions
- Choose a concentration in Conflict Resolution, Development and Global Health, Diplomacy, International Economics and Consulting, or Global Student Mobility
- Learn from faculty with decades of experience as ambassadors, foreign service officers, and diplomats
- Prepare for a leadership role in areas like nonprofit management, business and industry, education, banking, consulting and foreign service
- Travel abroad with your classmates for an international field study for firsthand research
Time to Completion: Full-time students (two classes a quarter) can complete this program in one to two years.
Wondering if this program is right for you? Go more in depth.
Required Courses (24 q.h.)
Complete all of the following courses:
|GST 6100||Globalization and Global Politics and Economics||4 q.h.|
|GST 6101||Global Literacy, Culture, and Community||4 q.h.|
|GST 6109||Basic Field Research Methods||4 q.h.|
|GST 6320||Peace and Conflict||4 q.h.|
Complete one of the following courses:
|GST 6501||Regional Studies: East Asia||4 q.h.|
|GST 6502||Regional Studies: Middle East||4 q.h.|
|GST 6503||Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa||4 q.h.|
|GST 6504||Regional Studies: Europe||4 q.h.|
|GST 6505||Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia||4 q.h.|
|GST 6506||Regional Studies: Latin America||4 q.h.|
Choose one of the following courses
|GST 6920||Case Study in Global Studies||4 q.h.|
This course, which requires faculty approval, should be taken as the last course within the program.
|INT 6900||International Field Study Experience
Registration in INT 6900 requires co-registration in a 1 q.h. directed study (only for Global Studies students using this to satisfy capstone requirement. Global Studies students must also have completed GST 6109 in order to be eligible for registration in INT 6900.
Students are required to complete one of the following concentrations. Five courses are require, four of which must be from a single concentration. The fifth course can be from the student's chosen concentration, another Global Studies concentration course (from below), or an additional Area Studies course.
|GST 6324||Divided Societies in the Modern World||4 q.h.|
|GST 6326||International Conflict and Cooperation||4 q.h.|
|GST 6327||Conflict and Post-Conflict Development||4 q.h.|
|GST 6300||Security and Terrorism||4 q.h.|
|GST 6360||Nuclear Weaponry: Science and Politics||2 q.h.|
|GST 6740||Human Rights||4 q.h.|
Development and Global Health
|GST 6210||The Developers||4 q.h.|
|GST 6340||Poverty and Wealth||4 q.h.|
|GST 6350||Global Economics of Food and Agriculture||4 q.h.|
|GST 6610||Sustainable Development||4 q.h.|
|GST 6700||Global Health Perspectives, Politics, and Experiences in International Development||4 q.h.|
|GST 6710||Critical Issues and Challenges in the Practice of Global Health||4 q.h.|
|GST 6600||The Practice of Diplomacy||4 q.h.|
|GST 6540||Politics of the European Union||4 q.h.|
|GST 6550||U.S. Foreign Policy||4 q.h.|
|GST 6590||Public Diplomacy||4 q.h.|
|GST 6740||Human Rights||4 q.h.|
International Economics and Consulting
|NEW||International Consulting||4 q.h.|
|GST 6102||Global Corporate and Social Responsibility||4 q.h.|
|GST 6200||The Funders||4 q.h.|
|GST 6220||Globalization of Emerging Economics||4 q.h.|
|GST 6310||Immigration and Labor||4 q.h.|
|GST 6340||Poverty and Wealth||4 q.h.|
|GST 6430||Leadership and Management||4 q.h.|
Global Student Mobility
|GST 6810||International Higher Education||4 q.h.|
|GST 6820||Managing Study Abroad||4 q.h.|
|GST 6830||Managing International Students||4 q.h.|
|GST 6840||The Business of International Education||4 q.h.|
|GST 6850||Immigration and Legal Issues in International Higher Education||4 q.h.|
|GST 6410||Education and Information Technology||4 q.h.|
Electives (2-4 q.h.)
Students must take 2-4 q.h. of elective courses (either from the list below or from any of the courses listed above) to satisfy the 46 q.h. degree requirement.
|GST 7983||Special Topics in Global Studies||2 q.h.|
|COP 6940||Personal and Career Development (enrollment into this course requires participation in the cooperative education program.)||3 q.h.|
Total Quarter Hours: 46-48
Attention: If you enrolled before Fall 2012, contact your student success specialist for your curriculum.
Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
- Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
- Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
- Official undergraduate degree documentation
- Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.
All requirements must be received prior to review.
Estimated total tuition for this program is $28,106.00.
Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.
Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.
Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2014-15 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.
*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.
What can I gain from the master's in global studies and international relations?
Tailor your degree by picking a concentration and a region of interest:
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What To Expect
What is the student experience like?
- Multi-cultural and collaborative
- Regular interaction with classmates from around the world
- Curriculum incorporates experiential learning
- International network to leverage personally and professionally
- Learn more about the curriculum and expected Learning Outcomes
Who is a good fit for this program?
- You have a passion for global activism
- You want to pursue international nonprofit, government or private sector work
- You have study abroad or travel experience (but it's not required)
- You would like to improve articulating your viewpoints orally and in writing
Global Studies and International Relations Webinar
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Where can I find more information?
Careers & Faculty
Our Master's degree in Global Studies and International Relations can prepare you for internationally focused positions that range from diplomacy, to development, to international consulting, trade, and industry.
Graduates have gone on to work in:
- International business
- International relations
- International Security
- Nonprofit management
- Nongovernmental organizations
How might this degree enhance my career?
- You’ll gain a crucial foundation in the core principles of political globalization: capitalism, democracy, nationalism, and socialism.
- You’ll develop a specific skill set that focuses on a region and a specific sector in a global framework: nonprofit, government, or private.
- You’ll learn to think culturally, economically, politically—and rapidly—as employers would expect.
- You'll learn to gather and synthesize complex data from many sources.
- You hone oral and written communication skills, with an eye toward what busy policymakers, CEOs and nonprofit leaders would expect.
- Our international faculty and alumni are established in their careers and can serve as advocates during your job search. Graduates have gone on to work at the United Nations, various embassies and consulates, and nonprofits around the world, including North Korea, Kyrgyzstan, India, and others.
- Northeastern’s renowned co-op and internship program allows you to gain hands-on work experience.
Master's in Global Studies and International Relations Faculty and Guest Lecturers
Mary Thompson-Jones, EdD, a State Department diplomat who has served in embassies and consulates in Madrid, Prague, Guatemala, and Sarajevo. She was Minister Counselor as Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Prague.
Ambassador Friedrich Lohr, former German ambassador to North Korea
Ambassador Bakyt Beshimov, former Kyrgyz ambassador to India and OSEC
Milica Golubovic, Ph.D., consultant with the Center for Democracy Development at the University of Massachusetts and Assistant to the Director of the Center for Advancement of Nuclear Energy Systems at MIT
|Joseph Guay, Communications Specialist at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs|
Stories & Profiles
A Banker’s Skill With a Global Spirit
Dana Stranz, current student
Master's in Global Studies and International Relations
Credit administrator at First Commons bank
"Success isn't defined by money, but by how much fulfillment you get from the work you do," says Dana Stranz, a credit administrator at First Commons bank in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
That may seem like a funny statement coming from a banker. But Stranz lives by those words; she was recruited by some bigger banks right out of college, but says she thought she would make more of a difference at a small community bank.
She currently analyzes the bank's portfolio for risk, growth and trends. But she wants to do this for developing countries.
To get there, she enrolled this year in Northeastern University's Global Studies and International Relations program to pursue a career in international banking and development. She says so far, she has been impressed with the real-world applications throughout the coursework.
"The program is not just a bunch of research papers," she says, noting a country analyst assignment in-class was linked to an actual job posting on the JP Morgan website. "The learning and assignments are readily applicable to the workplace."
Stranz says the program so far is almost like being abroad.
"There are so many international students in this program, with so many perspectives. Right now, I have nine Chinese students in one of my classes, and the debates between those who are pro-government versus the ones from rural provinces are amazing. I wish I could record them."
Ultimately, Stranz says she hopes to work at either the IMF or the World Bank, possibly analyzing emerging economies and helping countries to develop without corruption.
"I could make great bonuses in big banking," she says. "But I consider myself a citizen of the world, and I want to go to bed at night knowing that I'm doing something to change the world for the better," she says.
An Education Beyond Borders
Kathleen Head, alumna
Master's in Global Studies and International Relations
Operations Manager for the Center for International Studies at MCPHS University
"Three years ago, I was a totally different person," says Kathleen Head, Operations Manager for the Center for International Studies at MCPHS University.
Head, who completed the global studies and international relations master's program in those three years, completed fieldwork in Italy to study the European Union's higher education policies on internationalization and student mobility.
"Higher education policy is turning into a big global business," she says.
She plans to use her new knowledge to help schools implement internationalization plans on campus.
“Education is a catalyst for positive change in global society,” she says.
Head says her own education at Northeastern has changed her for the better.
“I’ve elevated myself intellectually,” she says. “I can articulate myself more strongly, because I had to do it in a classroom. And I can budget my time better: Working full-time while attending graduate school really forced me to manage my time wisely - a skill that is crucial in today's workplace."
And not only is she a stronger leader, but she says the program has opened her eyes to increasingly global opportunities. In fact, shortly after completing the program, Head was offered her current position at MCPHS University.
“I now have a better understanding of—and an increased curiosity about—what is occurring on a global scale,” she says.
Global Studies-Related Articles
Global Studies event connected three ambassadors
from all over the world to current students
Infographic looks at international students studying in the U.S.
Faculty Mary Thompson-Jones explores Russia's role in the the Ukraine crisis.
Faculty Friedrich Lohr, who served as ambassador to North Korea, shares his thoughts
on the yearly trends he's seen in North Korea.
Professor Mary Thompson-Jones writes about the role global grads would play at the World Bank
Faculty Baktybek Beshimov recently co-authored an article in The Diplomat on whether Kyrgyzstan is the next Ukraine.
Faculty Friedrich Lohr discusses the political landscape in Germany after September 2013 elections.
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