The Division of Global Affairs (DGA) offers a master of science (M.S.) degree in global affairs in residence. It may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. It is a multidisciplinary degree concerned with theoretically informed and problem-oriented approaches to transnational issues that interact with local issues. It is designed 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 nongovernmental organizations. Forty (40) credits are required for the M.S. degree in global affairs. All students must complete:
Seven Areas of Inquiry (AIs) courses with grades of B (3.0) or higher - 21 credits
- One Research and Methodology course - 3 credits
- Two Capstone Colloquia Series with grades of Pass - 4 credits
- One foundation course - (26:478:508; 26:790:508): Evolution of the Global System - 3 credits
- Three elective courses - 9 credits; note: three electives may be joined with the applicable AI discipline to qualify for a certificate
Language requirement - no credit; the language requirement is fulfilled by prior coursework, a major/minor, or demonstrated familiarity or fluency in another language
Note #1: M.S. students are strongly encouraged to take both a qualitative and a quantitative methodology course.
Note #2: Interested students can consider internships or independent study as additional requirements.
Note #3: Students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in all nonlanguage courses taken at Rutgers University in order to acquire the M.S. If a student's academic performance falls below the expected standard, 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.
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25;
Have completed 18 credits, including a minimum of 12 credits of core course requirements
Students are responsible for finding their own positions. The DGA does not place students, but will assist students with the process.
All M.S. students may take up to 3 credits of independent study courses explicitly dealing with topics related to global affairs--a multidisciplinary field concerned with theoretically informed, problem-oriented approaches to transnational issues and their interaction with local issues (26:478:697, 698, 699).
In order to embark upon an independent study, students must:
- Find a DGA faculty member willing to supervise the research and grade the paper or project;
- Register for the course (special permission number necessary); and
Complete the paper or project at the required time given and submit it to the DGA faculty member supervising the independent study course for a letter grade.
- Master's students may not exceed three credits in independent studies.
M.S. students may write a master's thesis in the course of two semesters for 6 credits (26:478:695, 696). Students considering doctoral studies are encouraged to complete a thesis.
Students choose the topic of their thesis in consultation with their faculty adviser. The thesis must focus on some aspect of global affairs--a multidisciplinary field concerned with theoretically informed, problem-oriented approaches to transnational issues and their interaction with local issues.
The thesis should be about 100 pages in length (double-spaced; notes, footnotes, and bibliography are extra); they must be written in standard English, adhere to proper academic form, and be free of typographical errors. The final draft of the thesis must be electronically prepared in strict accordance with the instructions given by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School-Newark, Conklin Hall, Room 241.
The student's DGA core faculty and one Rutgers faculty member must examine and grade the thesis. Both must sign and date the cover page of the thesis as well as the Master Candidacy form.
Students must complete their degrees within three years of admission into the M.S. program, regardless of whether students are part time or full time and regardless of whether they entered DGA with or without transfer credits. Students who fail to meet this deadline may be forced to withdraw from graduate studies at DGA.