A program for rising diplomatic staff.

The Master of Arts in Global Affairs offers an intensive examination of our complex economic, political and social world issues, with in-depth perspectives on today’s political and global economy, international problems and conflict resolution.

Our program is distinguished by both its faculty and students. Our students come from around the globe, working primarily in consulates or diplomatic missions. In addition to FDU faculty, key professors include former United Nations Ambassadors, Consuls General and other outstanding professionals and academics who hold small, in-person classes.

The M.A. Global Affairs comprises 30 credits (10 courses) of graduate-level coursework held off-campus primarily in consulates and missions to the United Nations in New York City. Students typically take six credits per quarter and complete the program in two to three years. Courses begin in September, January, May, and July.

Building Blocks to a Full Degree

The program is tailored to the mobility needs of the diplomatic corps, with progressive stages to complete the M.A. degree, and online courses to accelerate or to complete the program if students are re-posted out of the area:

  • Diplomado (6 credits)
  • Certificate in Diplomacy and International Relations (18 credits)
  • Master of Arts in Global Affairs (30 credits)

The program may be taken from abroad completely online or by live tie-in to the classes in New York City.

Admission requirements

The credentials required for admission to the Master of Arts degree in Global Affairs as a matriculated student include the following:

  • A graduate application for admission.
  • A bachelor’s degree (or corresponding post-secondary degree) from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 2.70. Applicants with a CGPR of less than 2.70 may be admitted as non-matriculated students on probation.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Applicants who are unable to provide official documents at the time of enrollment may register as non-matriculated students with a graduate faculty adviser.

Spouses and dependents may also apply, and a number of seats are held for U.S. citizens. Applicants who are not consular or diplomatic personnel must provide the following in addition to the above:

  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A cover letter briefly outlining career ambitions. (Spouses or dependents of a consular or diplomatic employee must indicate this in their cover letter.)

International students travelling on F-1 visas must apply to the MPA with the Global Affairs specialization on Teaneck campus. Contact International Admissions for more instructions or

Academic requirements

  • Students must complete 30 credits (10 courses) of graduate-level coursework in political science or in sister disciplines, as approved, in history, economics, business or public administration, or administrative science. 
  • Students are strongly encouraged to engage in a thesis and use up to six credits to complete it. 
  • A cumulative grade point ratio of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required for graduation. Students who receive more than two grades of C or lower will be dismissed from the program. 

The Diplomado Series

Diplomados are concentrated topics in Global Affairs consisting of two 3-credit courses  (total 6 credits). The courses may be taken in the same term or sequential terms. Diplomados can be applied toward a Certificate in Diplomacy and International Relations (18 credits) and the M.A. Global Affairs (30 credits).  

The Diplomado Series includes:  

  • Diplomado in International Law 
  • Diplomado in International Political Economy (IPE) 
  • Diplomado in Transnational Security and Terrorism 
  • Diplomado in International Organizations   

The Diplomado Series includes additional topics, online courses, and accelerated programs that are available in New York, New Jersey, Vancouver, Oxfordshire, and other locations under special agreement.

Certificate in Diplomacy and International Relations

Students may earn an official Certificate in Diplomacy and International Relations after completing any six courses listed for the Master of Arts in Global Affairs. The Certificate is listed on student transcripts and students receive a copy of the Certificate for display. 

Students may apply for the certificate program only, and later apply the credits toward a Master of Arts in Global Affairs. 

Course Offerings 

To determine availability of a course in a particular semester, please check with the academic adviser. 

  • POLS6702 Thesis Seminar 
  • POLS6711 Genocide 
  • POLS6801 Methods of Political Analysis 
  • POLS6816 World Heritage Law and Policy 
  • POLS6840 Thesis or Project 
  • POLS6870 Ethics in Public Affairs 
  • POLS6871 Latin-American Relations 
  • POLS6873 Seminar on Globalization 
  • POLS6874 Trafficking in Humans 
  • POLS6875 Seminar in International Trade 
  • POLS6876 Comparative Innovation Systems 
  • POLS7724 Comparative Governmental and Administrative Systems 
  • POLS7815 Nationalism and Its Discontents 
  • POLS7820 Models of Political Systems 
  • POLS7821 Modern Political Theory 
  • POLS7825 Foreign Policy and Diplomacy 
  • POLS7826 Politics of Public Policy 
  • POLS7830 International Organizations 
  • POLS7831 International Law 
  • POLS7832 International Problems and Conflict Resolution 
  • POLS7833 Modern Warfare and Global Stability 
  • POLS7834 Politics of the Global Economy 
  • POLS7835 Geography and World Politics 
  • POLS7836 Crisis Leadership 
  • POLS7838 Political Leadership and the U.N. 
  • POLS7851 Forces and Issues: Middle East 
  • POLS7853 The New Europe 
  • POLS7854 Changing Eastern Europe 
  • POLS7855 The Modern African State 
  • POLS7856 Cities in Crisis 
  • POLS7863 Comparative Government: Middle East 
  • POLS7866 Africa in World Politics 
  • POLS7867 Political and Economic Challenges for Africa 
  • POLS7868 Terrorism and Insurgency 
  • POLS7869 Economics of National Security 
  • POLS7870 International Implications of Middle East Problems 
  • POLS7872 China and Japan: Comparative Systems 
  • POLS7873 Political and Economic Challenges: Asia 
  • POLS7874 Latin America: New Challenges 
  • POLS7875 Canada, Mexico and U.S. Perspectives 
  • POLS7902 Rethinking Europe’s Future

Course Descriptions