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Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations — Boston

In an increasingly connected world, the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations prepares you for internationally focused careers in the U.S. and abroad, giving you the tools for leadership in areas such as consulting, nonprofit management, business, education, foreign service, and banking.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

12-18 months

F1 Visa Eligible

Yes

Overview

The Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations is an interdisciplinary degree that will prepare you to meet the challenges of globalization. Classes focus on the work you would do in the field such as analyzing the investment portfolios of developing nations, managing crises, and crafting speeches for embassy officials. You'll narrow your study to one of five concentrations and choose one of six major world regions as your focus, working with our distinguished faculty of policymakers, diplomats, and global educators as you prepare to step onto the world stage. Participate in the Diplomacy Lab and explore real-world challenges while contributing to the policy making process in conjunction with the U.S. State Department.  If you choose our optional International Field Study Experience, you'll serve abroad as a consultant for a global organization as it works to solve a real-world business challenge.

This program is based in Boston, MA.


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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.

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.

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Beginning your journey with us is a big decision. But it's a smart one.  Your field is evolving rapidly. That's why we're constantly innovating our programs to anticipate your industry's needs.  So, no matter where your field goes, you can lead the way. 

1.9M

Number of international students studying in the U.S., driving the need for higher education professionals in global student mobility, a concentration in the program.

Institute of International Education, Open Doors Data 2019

$92.9K

Mid-Career average salary for those with a major in International Relations

One Class 2018

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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General Requirements

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4.00
4.00
 

Regional Studies Courses

Complete one of the following: 

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
 

Capstone

Complete one of the following: 

4.00
1.008.00
3.004.00
 

Electives

Complete 2-4 quarter hours from the following: 

1.004.00
3.004.00
3.00
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): 

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
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): 

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
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): 

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
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): 

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
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): 

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
 

Follow our leaders

Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.

"I emphasize the importance of having strong research skills, but also being flexible and resourceful. I review readings and library resources, to make sure students are exercising their curiosity, and stretching within the academic boundaries to find answers to their questions." - Milicia Golubovic, Lecturer in the Global Studies and International Relations Program

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My regional studies class on Central Asia with Professor Beshimov was absolutely incredible. As a former member of parliament and ambassador for Kyrgyzstan, his insight in the region was unparalleled. I cannot think of another class where I was so engrossed in the material. It really catalyzed a life long interest in the region.

Jack Dooley Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations, 2018

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Political Science and Security alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.

 

  • Where They Work

    • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Fidelity Investments
    • State Street
    • US Army
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • What They Do

    • Business Development
    • Education
    • Community and Social Services
    • Legal
    • Operations
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Public Speaking
    • Research
    • Leadership
    • Microsoft Office
    • Management

 

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Did You Know?

The estimated average mid-career salary for those with a degree in International Relations is $92.9K (One Class, 2018).

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

From Our Faculty

"Northeastern University has a fantastic network indispensible in helping us link our students with professional opportunities." — Marissa Lombardi, Assistant Teaching Professor and Faculty Director

From Our Alumni

"The program gave me a better understanding and an increased curiosity about what is occurring on a global scale." — Kathleen H., Alumna

Did You Know?

By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our global network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners.