At Mason, the programs in global affairs will transform you into a global citizen with a skill set that will position you for success in a rapidly globalizing world.
Located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Mason offers you access to the cultural, political, academic, and employment resources of America’s most global city. Through our Center for Global Education you can study abroad for a few weeks, a semester, or an entire year. The resources of the Center for Global Studies will help you gain practical experience on a wide range of topics, including business, economy, health, environment, culture, peace, conflict and more.
Mason offers both graduate programs and undergraduate programs in global affairs.
About the Program:
Students interested in the study of global affairs at Mason have the opportunity to participate in two of the few truly interdisciplinary global studies degrees in the United States. The Global Affairs Program at Mason draw upon faculty and courses across the university to provide students with comprehensive yet specialized degrees. Global affairs students examine transnational and international processes in a wide range of areas. Students also study specific regions, languages, and investigate the ways particular parts of the world experience global phenomena.
The program offers a MA in global affairs. Students in this degree program develop a wide range of global competencies as well as specialized knowledge in a particular thematic concentration—everything from global health, to global media, to global economic development, to global history and culture.
Graduates of the master's program are prepared for work in a variety of global contexts, including employment by government agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses with a global presence, and various international organizations.
The program offers a major and a minor in global affairs. Students pursuing either program of study take a core of courses that introduce them to the interdisciplinary study of global issues. In addition, majors chose from a range of possible concentrations that focus on either the study of a global theme or a specific world region.
The major in global affairs is one of the truly interdisciplinary global studies bachelor's degrees in the United States. It draws on faculty and courses from across the university who have an expertise in global affairs.