Degree Requirements

The Master of Global Affairs is a two-year, 36 hour, non-thesis professional master's degree. Students pursuing the MGA degree must complete:

Core Requirements1

COURSE NUMBER

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

GLBL 501

GLOBAL SYSTEMS I

1.5

GLBL 502

INSTITUTIONS & DEVELOPMENT

1.5

GLBL 507

DECISION MAKING UNDER UNCERTAINTY

3

GLBL 513

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

1.5

GLBL 514

THE MIDDLE EAST CAULDRON AND UNITED STATES POLICY

1.5

GLBL 523

QUANTITATIVE APPLICATIONS IN GLOBAL AFFAIRS

3

GLBL 524

MACROECONOMICS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY

3

GLBL 525

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

3


Area of Specialization2

SELECT 1 FROM THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION (SEE AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION BELOW):

CREDIT HOURS

INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

9

INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

9

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

9


Graduate Field Internship Requirement

COURSE NUMBER

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

GLBL 519

MASTER OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP3

6


Capstone Requirement

COURSE NUMBER

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

GLBL 520

MASTER OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS CAPSTONE4

3

Click here to learn more about the Areas of Study.

Click here to learn more about the internship and capstone course.

Footnotes and Additional Information
1 Core Requirements must be completed during the first year of study.

2 The Area of Specialization requirement must be completed during the second year of study.

3 Students are required to complete a minimum eight-week extensive field experience in which they intern at one of a variety of internationally-based or internationally-focused governmental and nongovernmental organizations, international commissions, embassies, agencies, or corporations. The internship will provide students valuable real-world application of their degree with the goal of facilitating their employment in these organizations.

4 In the second year, students must select a topic of concentration and pursue in-depth research which delves into the real-world, policy aspects of the topic.

Official degree requirements can be found at the Rice University General Announcements website. The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.