Global Studies and International Relations

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Anywhere

Why Global Studies and International Relations?

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.

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. This interdisciplinary program provides students with interactive exposure to the diverse field of Global Studies and International Relations and prepares students for internationally focused positions in the U.S. or abroad. Study global issues from government, private, and nonprofit viewpoints, and develop practical expertise in one of the world's six major regions.

You'll study alongside students from more than 20 countries and from more than 30 states, providing rich opportunities for discussion and debate on international perspectives. Learn from faculty with decades of experience as ambassadors, foreign service officers, diplomats, international consultants, higher education consulting experts, human rights workers, and experts in development policy. Classes focus on the actual work you do in the field, from analyzing the investment portfolios of developing nations to staging mock debates to learning the art of speechwriting from top embassy officials, and prepare students for a leadership role in areas like nonprofit management, business and industry, education, banking, consulting and foreign service.


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Unique Features

  • Online program allows flexibility for working professionals
  • Opportunity to participate in our International Field Study Experience. IFSE is an international, experiential learning program in which students have the unique opportunity to serve as international consultants for global organizations on a current challenge they are facing
  • Tailor your degree by picking a concentration and a region of interest
  • International network to leverage personally and professionally
  • Integrated Experiential Learning

What You'll Learn

  1. Specialized Knowledge: Incorporate foundational global and intercultural knowledge, theories, research methods, and approaches to investigate global issues from government, private, and nonprofit viewpoints.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge: Frame and evaluate global challenges in international political, economic, security, or diplomatic areas in the selected region or concentration, drawing on perspectives and methods from diverse fields of study.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning: Apply the advanced knowledge gained in the field of global studies to a practical challenge, articulate in writing the insights gained from this experience, and assess approaches, scholarly debates, or standards for professional performance applicable to the challenge.
  4. Civic and Global Learning: Assess and develop a position on a contemporary social issue from a socio-historical perspective and from multiple viewpoints of the stakeholders.
  5. Experiential Learning: Synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within course work or beyond the classroom.

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

Core 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
 

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
 

INPS 5184 Interdisciplinary Professional Foundations

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
 

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

1.5-2 Years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

No