Global Studies and International Relations

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Charlotte
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Why Global Studies and International Relations?

Prepare for internationally focused positions in the U.S. or abroad with our practical, interdisciplinary and interactive Master of Science Degree in Global Studies and International Relations. 

In today’s increasingly interconnected world, global corporations, nonprofits, and governments have an increasing need for leaders with deep analytical, research, and cross-cultural skills. Our Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations prepares students for internationally focused positions in the U.S. and abroad to take on the complex challenges formed by modern globalization. 

Our unique interdisciplinary program concentrates on both global studies and international relations, allowing students to gain one comprehensive degree. Classes focus on real-world fieldwork such as analyzing the investment portfolios of developing nations, staging mock debates, crisis management, and the art of speechwriting for top embassy officials—preparing you for leadership roles in international organizations and areas like consulting, nonprofit management, business and industry, education, foreign service, or banking. 

With students coming from more than 24 countries and over 34 states and faculty with decades of experience working as ambassadors, foreign service officers, diplomats, and more, there are rich opportunities for discussion and debates on international perspectives.


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Unique Features

  • Unique interdisciplinary degree that applies theory to practice: Gain expertise in global studies and international relations in one comprehensive degree. The curriculum is designed to give you an understanding of both subjects, with class assignment examples taken from the workplace, such as policy analysis and speechwriting. 
  • Accomplished faculty with decades of experience: Take courses taught by distinguished policymakers, former ambassadors, diplomats, foreign service advisors, and international educational consultants.
  • Opportunity to travel and participate in our International Field Study Experience: Serve as an international consultant for global organizations on a current challenge they’re facing. Present your findings in a working session on site in a foreign location. 
    • Past trips have included workshops at the Innovation Academy in Freiburg, Germany; consulting for Education First at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland; and consulting for SME in Tuscany, Italy.
  • Tailor your degree to your career goals: Focus on the industry or skill set that most interests you with one of five concentrations: Global Student Mobility, Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, International Economics and Consulting, or Global Health and Development. You’ll also choose one of the globe’s six major regions to focus your area of study. 
  • Flexible learning formats: With courses offered 100% online, on campus in Boston or Seattle, or in a hybrid format, you can complete your degree without putting your life on hold. 
  • Join an international network: Take advantage of a wide international network made up of classmates, faculty, and dedicated alumni.
  • Other experiential learning opportunities: You’ll have the option to participate in co-ops, capstone projects, and internships at the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, Pathfinder International, Human Rights Watch, Charity Water, Refuge Point, and many more.

    Career Outlook

    Graduates have gone on to work in diverse areas such as international business, journalism, defense, international security, for NGO's or the UN, various embassies and consulates, and nonprofits around the world. Our international faculty and alumni are established in their careers and can serve as advocates during your job search. Northeastern's renowned co-op and internship program allows you to gain hands-on work experience.


    What you'll study

    General Requirements

    Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations Core Requirements

    GST 6100 - Globalization and Global Politics and Economics
    4.00
    GST 6101 - Global Literacy, Culture, and Community
    4.00
    GST 6109 - Basic Field Research Methods
    4.00
    GST 6320 - Peace and Conflict
    4.00
     

    Regional Studies Courses

    Complete one of the following: 

    GST 6501 - Regional Studies: East Asia
    4.00
    GST 6502 - Regional Studies: Middle East
    4.00
    GST 6503 - Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa
    4.00
    GST 6504 - Regional Studies: Europe
    4.00
    GST 6505 - Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia
    4.00
    GST 6506 - Regional Studies: Latin America
    4.00
     

    Capstone

    Complete one of the following: 

    GST 6920 - Case Study in Global Studies
    4.00
    GST 7990 - Thesis
    1.00 - 8.00
    INT 6900 - International Field Study Experience
    3.00 - 4.00
     

    Electives

    Complete 2-4 quarter hours from the following: 

    GST 7983 - Topics
    1.00 - 4.00
    COP 6940 - Personal and Career Development
    3.00 - 4.00
    INT 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
    3.00
    EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
    2.00
     

    Enrollment into COP 6940 requires participation in the cooperative education program. 

    Concentrations

    Concentration in Global Health and Development

    Complete five of the following (one of the courses can be from another global studies concentration, a regional studies course, or a special topics course if you choose): 

    GST 6210 - The Developers
    4.00
    GST 6340 - Poverty and Wealth
    4.00
    GST 6350 - Global Economics of Food and Agriculture
    4.00
    GST 6610 - Sustainable Development
    4.00
    GST 6700 - Global Health Perspectives, Politics, and Experiences in International Development
    4.00
    GST 6710 - Critical Issues and Challenges in the Practice of Global Health
    4.00
     
    Concentration in Conflict Resolution

    Complete five of the following (one of the courses can be from another global studies concentration, a regional studies course, or a special topics course if you choose): 

    GST 6324 - Divided Societies in the Modern World
    4.00
    GST 6326 - International Conflict and Cooperation
    4.00
    GST 6327 - Conflict and Postconflict Development
    4.00
    GST 6300 - Security and Terrorism
    4.00
    GST 6360 - Nuclear Nonproliferation
    4.00
    GST 6740 - Human Rights
    4.00
    Concentration in Diplomacy

    Complete five of the following (one of the courses can be from another global studies concentration, a regional studies course, or a special topics course if you choose): 

    GST 6600 - The Practice of Diplomacy
    4.00
    GST 6540 - Politics of the European Union
    4.00
    GST 6550 - U.S. Foreign Policy
    4.00
    GST 6560 - Multilateral Diplomacy
    4.00
    GST 6590 - Public Diplomacy
    4.00
    GST 6740 - Human Rights
    4.00
     
    Concentration in International Economics and Consulting

    Complete five of the following (one of the courses can be from another global studies concentration, a regional studies course, or a special topics course if you choose): 

    GST 6580 - Opportunities in International Consulting
    4.00
    GST 6102 - Global Corporate and Social Responsibility
    4.00
    GST 6200 - The Funders
    4.00
    GST 6220 - Globalization of Emerging Economies
    4.00
    GST 6310 - Immigration and Labor
    4.00
    GST 6340 - Poverty and Wealth
    4.00
    GST 6430 - Leadership and Management
    4.00
     
    Concentration in Global Student Mobility

    Complete five of the following (one of the courses can be from another global studies concentration, a regional studies course, or a special topics course if you choose): 

    GST 6810 - International Higher Education
    4.00
    GST 6820 - Managing Study Abroad
    4.00
    GST 6830 - Managing International Students
    4.00
    GST 6840 - The Business of International Education
    4.00
    GST 6850 - Immigration and Legal Issues in International Higher Education
    4.00
    GST 6410 - Global Education in the Internet Age
    4.00
     

    This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 46 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

    Did You Know?

    The estimated annual salary difference for international relations professionals with a master's degree versus bachelor's is $8,000 (2014 CPS analysis of data from payscale.com).

    From our Alumni

    "The program is not just a bunch of research papers...the learning and assignments are readily applicable to the workplace." — Dana Stranz, Alumna

    Average Time to Completion

    1.5 to 2 Years

    Commitment

    Full-Time
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    Entry Terms

    Fall
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