NOTE: Please note that as a result of the success of the PhD program, we are currently beyond capacity and will not accept students for the coming academic year (2020/21). The Master’s program is open and welcomes applications from all qualified applicants.


Admissions Requirements

Prospective students, both M.S. and PhD applicants, should submit their official college or university  transcripts, GRE scores (optional), three letters of recommendation, a curriculum vitae or resume, a personal bio, a writing sample (minimum 5 pages for M.S. applications and 10-20 pages for Ph.D) and a personal statement explaining why the student would like to study Global Affairs at DGA as part of their application.

The PhD applicant’s personal statement should include an area of interest and the name of a DGA core faculty member that the student would want to work with on his/her dissertation. PhD students must also submit a writing sample of 10-20 pages in length.

As a rule, DGA requires a GPA of at least 3.8 for PhD applicants and a GPA of over 3.00 for Master’s students. International students are required to show a strong command of the English language appropriate for graduate study.

Faculty welcome applications to the PhD program by highly qualified students looking to work in the following areas:


John Cantwell:

  • International knowledge sourcing by multinational firms
  • Inter-regional divergence in economic geography, and the role of international business connectivity
  • The relevance of Hegel's approach to social evolution and ethical life for contemporary social science

Ariane Chebel:

  • Political philosophy, ethics of global affairs
  • European studies
  • Security studies
  • Migration policies and integration issues (discrimination, racism) in comparative perspective
  • Radicalization, counter-terrorists policies (US, Europe)

Alison Howell:

  • Critical Race, Postcolonial, Queer, and Feminist Theory
  • Critical War, Security and Military Studies
  • History of Medicine and Global Health
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Disability and Global Politics
  • Historical approaches to International Relations

Gabriela Kuetting:

  • Global environmental politics
  • Environmental justice movements
  • Representational democracy and environmental justice
  • The politics of the everyday
  • Sustainable development
  • Political ecology

Mariana Spatareanu

  • Determinants and consequences of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • Innovation, technological change, international transmission of technologies
  • Migration
  • Labor market regulations, environmental standards and FDI
  • International Trade
  • Relationship between financial sector development/crises and exports, innovation, firm performance


Full-Time Study and Part-Time Study

The Division of Global Affairs recommends that students pursue their studies full-time. A full-time academic load is defined as nine or more credits per semester.

PhD students must be enrolled full-time, but prospective M.S. students may apply for part-time enrollment. A part-time academic load is defined as eight or fewer credits per semester. Graduate fellows, graduate and teaching assistants must be registered for full-time study.

Graduating M.S. students applying to the PhD program must complete a new application through the Graduate School-Newark. If accepted, all relevant completed courses from the M.S. program with a grade of B or higher will transfer to the PhD program. Please be advised that you will be considered a new student as concerns the DGA curriculum and that additional courses may be needed. Please refer to the current website and/or contact the DGA administration for any curriculum changes.


Non-Degree Graduate Student Program

The Division of Global Affairs will accept non-degree students.  All requests must come through Admissions.  Students should include all required documentation necessary for M.S. admission.  Non-degree students must apply to either the M.S. or the PhD program prior to receiving twelve credits.