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The Division of Global Affairs (DGA) offers a Master of Science (MS) degree in Global Affairs in residence. It may be taken on a full-time (at least 9 credits a semester) or a part-time basis. It is a multidisciplinary degree concerned with theoretically informed and problem-oriented approaches to transnational issues that interact with local issues. The Master’s degree prepares students to work in the public and private international sectors, as well as in non-governmental organizations, think-tanks, foundations, and media companies focusing on global issues. For practitioners in the Global Arena including business professionals, government employees, security professionals including the military, and those who are presently employed or plan careers with international governmental and non-governmental organizations, the degree is an opportunity for career growth and professional development.


MS​ ​Degree​ ​Requirements:

Forty (35) credits are required for the MS degree in Global Affairs. All students must complete:

  • Six (6) Areas of Inquiry (AIs) courses with grades of B (3.0) or higher, (18 credits)
  • One (1) Foundation Course, three (3 credits)
  • One research methodology course, (3 credits)
  • One colloquium with grades of Pass, (2 credits)
  • Three (3) elective courses, (9 credits)
  • Language requirement (no credit)
  • MS students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in all non-language courses taken at Rutgers University. If a student's academic performance falls below the expected standard, the DGA and the Graduate School-Newark may refuse the student the right of future registration and terminate studies. Students with an insufficient grade-point average may submit an appeal to the DGA Director.


Areas​ ​of​ ​Inquiry​ ​Courses​ ​(AI)​ ​(18​ ​credits):

Students must complete six  AI courses with grades of B (3.0) or higher in order to remain in the program. Students who do not receive a grade of B or higher in any AI course must retake the course. All AI requirements must be completed in residence. Transfer credits may not be used in fulfillment of AI requirements.

Students​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​take​ ​six​ ​(6)​ ​of​ ​the​ ​eight​ ​AI​ ​courses:

  • Ethics,​ ​Security,​ ​and​ ​Global​ ​Affairs
  • Global​ ​Governance
  • Human​ ​Security
  • Global​ ​Political​ ​Economy​
  • International​ ​Law
  • ​International​ ​Business
  • Global​ ​Development/ Global Environmental Issues
  • Human​ ​Rights​ ​and​ ​Mass​ ​Atrocities


Foundation​ ​Course​ ​(3​ ​credits):

26:478:508  Evolution of the Global System 


Research​ ​&​ ​Methodology​ ​Requirement​ ​(3​ ​credits):

Students must complete three (3) credits of a methodology course. Students may choose one of the three (3) courses below to fulfill this requirement.

  • 26:790:533 Research Methodology in Political Science (qualitative)
  • 26:478:532 Quantitative Methods for Global Affairs (quantitative)
  • 26:705:677 Qualitative Research Methods

Course numbers may change in a given academic year. Please consult the schedule of classes for updated details.


Capstone​ ​Requirement​ ​(2​ ​credits):

26:478:570/571: Students are required to complete one (1) semesters of the colloquium. The 2-credit course consists of a series of seminars on a relevant Global Affairs topic or geographical area. The colloquium is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Grades are provided by the professor organizing the colloquium. Students must attend each lecture (12 per semester) and complete a ten (10) page paper or a project each semester.


Electives​ ​(9​ ​credits):

Students are required to complete three (3) elective courses. These may be taken by a combination of online courses, independent study (no more than one (1) course, three (3) credits) or transfer of credits from another institution of higher learning (no more than nine (9)).  Please consult the schedule of classes for electives offered in the current semester. Additional courses in other departments may be taken with the written approval of the Director.


See course descriptions for the current academic year.


35 Credit Review Form


Example Curriculum:

Year 1


          Foundation Course (3 credits)

          AI course (3 credits)

          AI course (3 credits)


             Methods Course (3 credits) 

             AI course (3 credits)

            Colloquium (2 credits)

Year 2


          AI course (3 credits)

          AI course (3 credits)

          Elective   (3 credits)


                AI course (3 credits)

                Elective   (3 credits)

                Elective   (3 credits)


Students may take 12 credits a semester to finish in three semester. Part-time study is allowed.


Language​ ​Requirement​ ​(No​ ​credit):

All MS students must demonstrate, at any time during their course of study at DGA, a working familiarity with at least one (1) modern language other than English. Students upon admission submit to the Associate Director a plan for the completion of this requirement. Students can demonstrate this knowledge by satisfying one of the following:

  • Completing four (4) semesters of a language at Rutgers University or other approved and accredited institutions.
  • Passing reading-knowledge examinations at Rutgers University (administered by the Rutgers-New Brunswick Language Institute).
  • Native speaker or graduated from a foreign university where courses are offered in a language other than English.

Language course credits do not count toward the requirements necessary for an MS.


Internships are not required as part of the DGA program. However, upon prior approval from the DGA Director, students may complete an internship for up to three (3) credits with an approved international organization, NGO, government agency, transnational corporation, media organization, or other institution active in some aspect of Global Affairs. Internships generally entail one (1) or more days of work per week for the duration of a semester. Students interested in internship credits should submit a request in writing to the Director and include a description of their duties including the name of the organization, as well as the name and title of the person to whom they report. It is recommended that students not intern until they have completed nine (9) credits.

Students are responsible for finding their own positions. DGA does not place students, but will assist students with the process. Upon completion of the internship, students will submit a paper on what they learned and a note of completion and evaluation from their supervisor.

Independent​ ​Study:

MS students may not exceed three (3) credits of independent study courses explicitly dealing with topics related to global affairs. Such credits should not be used to maintain matriculation, nor can they be submitted in lieu of an AI or the Evolution of the Global System course.

In order to embark upon an independent study, students must:

  • Identify a DGA faculty member willing to supervise the research and grade the paper or project.
  • Register for the course after acquiring a special permission number from the Administrative Assistant and approval from the DGA Director. Students wanting special permission for independent studies should submit the following:
    • Written approval from the faculty member willing to supervise them;
    • A topic and focus for the paper;
    • Details on the student’s current status.
  •  Complete the paper or project within the required time frame and submit it to the DGA faculty member supervising the independent study course for a letter grade.
    • Please note: late papers will result in a lower grade.


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