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) for special cohorts
  • 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.

Students who are not in the diplomatic corps, 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 Master of Public Administration with the Global Affairs specialization (MPA: Global Affairs)  on Teaneck campus.  F1 students enrolled in the MPA: Global Affairs may also take some elective classes with the MA Global Affairs in Summer terms only with approval. 

All applications, except US domestic students, must be submitted through the International Graduate Admissions application Contact International Admissions for more instructions at

US domestic students may apply to the MA Global Affairs program using the Graduate Admissions application. 

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. 

  • POLS6711 Genocide 
  • POLS6801 Methods of Political Analysis 
  • POLS6816 World Heritage Law and Policy (Course Equivalent: PADM6816)
  • POLS6840 Thesis or Project 
  • POLS6873 Seminar on Globalization (Course Equivalent: MADS 6733)
  • POLS6874 Trafficking in Humans 
  • POLS6875 Seminar in International Trade 
  • POLS6876 Comparative Innovation Systems 
  • POLS6877 Global Women’s Voices/ Women’s Leadership in Today’s Global World (Course Equivalent: PADM 6686/MADS 6627 Women’s Leadership in Today’s Global World)
  • PADM7714 Comparative Governmental and Administrative Systems (Course Equivalent: MADS 6614  Comparative Public, Private and Not-for-profit Systems)
  • POLS7815 Nationalism and Its Discontents 
  • POLS7821 Modern Political Theory 


  • POLS7822  The Character of Revolutionary Movements
  • POLS7825 Foreign Policy and Diplomacy /(Course Equivalent: MADS 6828 U.S.A. New Foreign Policy:  Risks and Fears)
  • POLS7827  Climate Policy (or PADM 7826)


  • POLS7830 International Organizations 
  • POLS7831 International Law 
  • POLS7832 International Problems and Conflict Resolution (Course Equivalent: MADS 6732 International Conflict Resolution)


  • POLS7833 Modern Warfare and Global Stability 
  • POLS7834 Politics of the Global Economy 
  • POLS7836 Crisis Leadership  (Course Equivalent: MADS 6640 Leading in Times of Crisis)
  • POLS7838 Political Leadership and the U.N. 
  • POLS7851 Forces and Issues: Middle East 
  • POLS7856 Cities in Crisis 
  • POLS7867 Political and Economic Challenges for Africa 
  • POLS7868 Terrorism and Insurgency 
  • POLS7869 Economics of National Security 
  • POLS7870 International Implications of Middle East Problems 
  • POLS7873 Political and Economic Challenges: Asia 
  • POLS7874 Latin America: New Challenges 


  • POLS7902 Rethinking Europe’s Future
  • MADS6608 Organizational Communication & Conflict Resolution/Diplomatic Communication for Administrators (Course Equivalent: PADM 7780 Diplomatic Communication for Administrators)
  • MADS6615 Global Leadership


  • MADS6617 Emergency Management and Safety Administration
  • MADS6628 Building Strategic Partnerships
  • MADS6633 GIS and Emergency Administration


  • MADS6636 Global Preparedness for Catastrophic Emergencies (Course Equivalent: CHSA 6605 Preparing for Catastrophic Emergencies)
  • MADS6659 Latin America & Globalization
  • MADS6672 Ethics & Human Rights


  • MADS6674 Sociological Perspectives of Disaster
  • MADS6693 Leading Culturally Diverse Workplaces
  • MADS6694 New Challenges of Leadership in a Global Society


  • MADS6709 ST: Creativity, Change, & the 21st Century Leader
  • MADS6713 Special Topics: Environmental Response & Reporting Seminar
  • MADS6825 Intro to Diplomacy & Int’l Relations


  • PADM7724 Comparative Government and Administrative Systems/Comparative Public, Private and Not-for-Profit Systems (Course Equivalent: MADS 6614 Comparative Public, Private and Not-for-Profit Systems)
  • PADM7770 Global Administrative Skills
  • PADM7789 Global Energy System


  • PADM7791 Global Health Issues
  • CHSA6601 Terrorism Issues and Implications
  • CHSA6604 Assessing Internal and External Threats


  • CHSA6606 Historical Perspectives of Terrorism
  • CHSA6607 Border Security: Policies, Actions, and Implications
  • CHSA6608 Terrorism and Disaster Management


  • CHSA6609 The Face of Terror
  • CHSA6610 Bio-terrorism Preparedness and Response
  • CHSA6618 Emergency Management Policies, Analysis, and Implications
  • CHSA7603 Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism Awareness

Course Descriptions

  • CHSA6601 This course will investigate the concepts, ideologies, goals, strategies, tactics and methods used by terrorist groups in the current and historical perspectives. The terrorist motives and their actions will be studies in relation to historic and current national and international policies. Terrorist organizations will be studied based on their specific criteria to better undersand their influence on oter nations. Also included will be the concepts of the media and terrorism, law and terrorism, the military response to terrorism, counter-terrorism and anti-terrorism approaches, and governmental responses to terrorism as well as how the intelligence community categorizes and prioritizes resources to target groups and issues.

  • CHSA6604 This course will investigate the usefulness of threat assessment in various contexts, such as the workplace, infrastructure protection and public safety. Included in the course will be basic methods for examining vulnerabilities to attack, evaluating capacities of the potential attackers as well as their motivation, and the role of the intelligence community in these actions. The course will link strategic analysis with priority setting and accountability.

  • CHSA6605 This course will investigate a wide range of natural and manmade disasters, and develop appropriate plans for mitigating the problems. Natural disasters include a wide range of issues from outbreak of diseases, floods, earthquakes, fires, and tornados. Manmade disasters include emergencies such as chemical spills, nuclear incidents, terrorist threats, transportation accidents, and power outages.

  • CHSA6606 This course will examine the social basis of fear and terrorism, and the related consequences on society. Factors such as race/ethnicity, class, religion, politics, local and international policies, and gender will be studied into the historical context of terrorism. Case studies will include terrorist techniques that have been used in the past.

  • CHSA6607 Immigration policies and terrorism threats have increased the focus on national borders. This course will investigate issues relative to border security from economic to security to social and cultural integration or separation. The costs of attempting to maintain a secure border are discusssed as are the implications of border security on free trade agreements.

  • CHSA6608 This course will focus on planning and preparing for terrorist acts as well as the area of disasters. There will be a focus on the legal and ethical issues that surround planning for acts of terrorism or disasters, and a study of the National Response Plan and its implications. The need for and how to develop interagency collaborative agreements from civilian, military, and governmental entities will be explored.

  • CHSA6609 This course will examine various characteristics of terrorism from left-wing terrorism to nationalist terrorism to religious terrorism to group dynamics to secret societies, and cults and charismatic leadership. Also included are identification of underground terrorist cells, both domestic and foreign and state supported and non state supported, as well as methods for dealing with the separate groups.

  • CHSA6610 This course will investigate options to address the threat of a biological attack. Options for identifying a bio-attack and potential responses for addressing these issues will be included in the course. Case studies of actual incidents will be included in the course.

  • CHSA6618 This course will investigate management of complex emergency management operations using incident management systems. The role of the emergency management operation centers in reacting to disasters will be explored as will current policies. Case studies of emergency management policies and their implications will be analyzed to determine areas in need of improvement.

  • CHSA7603 This required course will explore the use of weapons of mass destruction and the link to terrorist activities. Included in the course are: definitions of effects of nuclear, chemical, biological, and radiological terrorism; use of improvised nuclear devices (INDs) and radiological dispersal devices (RDDs); Large Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs); the motivations, capabilities, techniques, and practices of terrorist groups to acquire and use WMD; and the use and attempted use of WMD against countries by internal and external groups.

  • MADS6608 Theories and models of communications and communications media: barriers to effective communication and techniques for improving interpersonal, group and organizational communications. Sources of conflict at the individual, group and organizational levels: methods of conflict management and resolution.

  • MADS6614 A global examination of alternative government and legal systems, public policy formulation and implementation and conflict resolution. Organization and operational characteristics of public providers, private organizations and not-for-profit providers in global settings are analyzed with particular reference to different approaches to leading political and social issues as advanced by the US, UK and European Union. This course begins with a mandatory orientation at FDU's Teaneck/Hackensack campus. We will discuss course format, research paper requirements, books and other practical concerns of the trip. Each student must make their own travel arrangements. The cost of this program is tuition, room and board/TBA.

  • MADS6615 Leadership theories of European and American theoreticians as well as the methods and practices of world organization leaders in government, private, and not-for-profit organizations are studied, compared and discussed. Presenters are drawn from local governments and entrepreneurs who have created, innovated and implemented sweeping policy changes in the operation of government. Several site visits are included.

  • MADS6617 This course will provide an in-depth analysis of planning and administration for emergency management in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, the need for emergency planning, recovering losses from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state agencies due to catastrophic events, identification and allocation of resources, incident command procedure, safety in the working environment and federal Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) and state Public Employee Occupational Safety and Health Act (PEOSHA) regulations. Students evaluate their environment and prepare a safety plan that is presented to the class.

  • MADS6627 Public, private, and not-for-profit sector administration and leadership development challenges are compared and studied as part of a women's leadership seminar focusing on global networking. Presenters are cutting edge, renowned CEO's and scholars whose cutting edge accomplishments have distinguished them as leaders representing the public and not-for-profit sectors in and outside the United States. Study is combined with travel and experiential learning.

  • MADS6628 Building strategic partnerships is key to organizational survival and success. The course will use case studies to explore the principles, approaches and motivations behind some of the most noteworthy collaborations forged by private and not-for-profit leaders.

  • MADS6633 Course will provide an overview of GIS applications at the administrative level of emergency management. Topics covered will include uses of GIS within the planning and mitigation phases, along with response and recovery assessments. Students will gain a valuable perspective on planning for and administering resources. A final course project will be assigned to include GIS budget funding and implementation strategies relative to individual administrative roles.

  • MADS6636 This course, taught by international experts, covers the following topics in a lecture/seminar format: Emergency Management, Hazardous risk analysis, social dimensions of disasters, disaster recovery and organizational continuity, the psychology of terrorism, counter-terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, bio-defense mobilization, and cyber security and forensics.

  • MADS6640 This course examines the principles of leadership during times of significant stress. Various models, strategies and tactics of leadership are studied using the examples of civilian and military leaders during the planning, implementation and execution of the WWII D-Day operation of June 1944.

  • MADS6659 This customized course reviews the past and current situation of Central and South America in relation to the world economy and globalization. Topics include: historical relations between Latin America and the U.S. and Europe, revolution as a response to globalization, World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects in Latin America, the future of Latin American products in the international market.

  • MADS6672 Although there are internationally recognized human rights standards, many individuals who are displaced are not afforded the same rights as others. As countries accept a more global view of the world, human rights issues are being brought to the attention of the world. There is also a linkage between values, morality, ethics, law and human rights. This course will investigate the plight of displaced persons as far as human rights and its related issues are concerned. This includes the concept of ethics and ethical treatment of individuals regardless of their status.

  • MADS6674 This course identifies broadly defined signifcant historical and contemprorary disasters. It then analyzes causes and effects of these disasters using classical and contemporary sociological theory. Particular emphasis is placed on implications for public policy. The course integrates facts, theories, and public policies.

  • MADS6693 With increased globalization, different cultures, beliefs, and values become important aspects that the organization's leadership must understand and address. Cultural differences may result in conflict or ineffective and inefficient work groups and teams. Leaders who understand their own behaviors and beliefs are better able to acknowledge and embrace cultural differences and understand the implications of the global market and human capital strategies. This course will explore the dimensions of diversity, cross-cultural models, assessment tools, and best practices to improve cross-cultural relationships. Effective team building and the impact of team building activities on culturally diverse populations will be discussed. In addition to assigned readings and student projects, this course will include an international experience.

  • MADS6694 The importance of advanced leadership skills will be explored in all areas confronted by the challenges of the global society. Emphasis will be placed on current trends in global communication conflict management and international negotiation. Priority of study on latest trends in each activity will be highlighted.

  • MADS6709 Leaders of the 21st century can no longer deal just with change: they must be able to create, discover and invent new ways of thinking, new ways of dealing with great changes yet to come and new ways of building organizations. This course focuses on recognized leadership characteristics and skills that stimulate change: vision, communication, synergistic decision-making, motivation, talent development. Students will engage in highly interactive stimulations and other exercises that require willingness and ability to challenge convention, shift paradigms, communicate effectively, and challenge the status quo in order to develop unusual solutions to usual problems.

  • MADS6713 This course examines the legal requirements of environment law for reporting spills, releases and noncompliance issues. An understanding of basic federal and state environmental law, the regulated community, public safety and emergency response administration will be emphasized. The air, water and hazardous waste laws as they pertain to public administration will be covered.

  • MADS6732 Sources and analysis of international conflicts, barriers to effective communication and diplomatic approaches to leading political solutions. Principles of international law and multilateral organizations. Study of different techniques used during important XX and XXI centuries' cases.

  • MADS6733 This course reviews the past and current world economy and globalization. Topics include: relations between the industrialized nations and some specific countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America; current Communist markets, transnational corporations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund; the future of developing countries' products in the international market.

  • MADS6825 This course is directed to students interested in contemporary international politics and relations between various actors in the International Scene. Students will become familiar with the leading theories and concepts of International Relations in conjunction with the historical context, explaining overall dynamics in global affairs such as human rights, globalization, security, terrorism, and the like.

  • MADS6828 USA Foreign Policy under Trump's presidency explores interesting issues, such as free trade agreements, economic relations with China, Cuba, and Venezuela, the wall and the Mexican border, immigration, ISIS, terrorism, the support of NATO, Guantanamo, and the like.

  • PADM6686 A seminar exploring the breadth and depth of women's political, economic and cultural roles, deprivations, contributions, and leadership in all corners of the globe.

  • PADM6816 Practical thinking about ideas of "World Heritage" and sustainable development including religion, environment, warfare, destruction and ruins, and rebuilding initiatives. Topics include: conversation law, case studies from the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, and East Africa, heritage as sites for tourism, transportation, trade, pilgrimages, moveable collections, museums, parks, fixed relics, foods, sounds, sights, and smells in the natural landscape. A field project challenges participants to match theory with project-based goals to contribute to a digital archive or drafted policies to conserve and preserve UNESCO world heritage sites.

  • PADM7714 This course focuses on the constitutional-legal basis in which American public administration is set, including fundamental concepts such as separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, regulation, delegation and discretionary authority, and common law and equity. The course also seeks to familiarize students with legal reasoning, judicial process and the role of lawyers. The course introduces students to administrative agency rule making and adjudicative practice; law defining and constraining public official action and responsibility, including investigative powers, openness and public disclosure, public official tort liability and political activity; and the "basics" of primary legal research, especially in tracing the evolution of public policy.

  • PADM7724 The course takes a global view of comparative governmental and administrative systems by introducing students to their background development and their essential institutional and political components. The wide diversity of such systems is highlighted by a study of such systems in six or seven nations through comparative analyses of their various approaches to policy and relative problematic issues.

  • PADM7770 The course will analyze the changing and interactive aspects of global administrative skills, communication, and policies in the modern world. The international factors of administration in the public and non profit, as well as the private sectors will be presented, with the goal of making students aware and conversant in these areas.

  • PADM7780 The course will give students a working knowledge of French terminology and phrasing, applicable in public service and/or health care administration. The course seeks to meet the communicative needs of a linguistic group in the U.S., Canada, and the Carribean, as well as elsewhere globally. In that regard, too, the course reinforces the university objectives of its global educational mission.

  • PADM7789 The course provides an in depth presentation of the global energy resources and consumption issues. The format will be a scientific overview of diverse energy issues, such as needs, fossil fuels, grown fuels, nuclear technology and natural fuels (wind, solar, etc). Future forecasts will also be discussed and analyzed.

  • PADM7791 The course will study the effects of globalization on contemporary health care, especially in the public sector. Worldwide health organizations (WHO,NGO) in particular will be discussed and analyzed.

  • POLS6711 Will examine the roots, the methods and the impact of Genocide on the Global community, from an American perspective. Will include selected case studies from Armenia to Dafur.

  • POLS6801 A study of fundamental concepts and materials required for political analysis. Development of techniques for hypothesis formation; collection, evaluation and presentation of data.

  • POLS6816 Practical thinking about ideas of "World Heritage" and sustainable development including religion, environment, warfare, destruction and ruins, and rebuilding initiatives. Topics include: conversation law, case studies from the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, and East Africa, heritage as sites for tourism, transportation, trade, pilgrimages, moveable collections, museums, parks, fixed relics, foods, sounds, sights, and smells in the natural landscape. A field project challenges participants to match theory with project-based goals to contribute to a digital archive or drafted policies to conserve and preserve UNESCO world heritage sites.

  • POLS6873 This seminar will examine globalization as an important characteristic of the new world order, which is represented by the expansion of market forces and the global transfer of socio-cultural and political institutions.

  • POLS6874 Examines various issues related to Human Trafficking with emphasis on Political concerns. We will deal with root causes, i.e., culture, custom and law.

  • POLS6875 We investigate why nations and organizations trade. What they trade, how they trade and who gains and losses. We also examine regulations and restrictions on international trade and their affects. Topics include commodities markets, foreign direct investment, international transactions under authoritarian regimes, the role of banks and brokers, international trade agreements, parallel markets and current trade policy disputes.

  • POLS6876 A collaborative survey of ecosystems at the local, national, and global levels that support, or do not support, a start-up economy in developing countries as well as in post-industrial societies to include: capital formation and capital deployment, understanding market opportunities, the openness of markets, market barriers, conditions for new entries, enterprise buildouts and entrepreneurship and market, legal, societal and cultural barriers to innovation.

  • POLS6877 A seminar exploring the breadth and depth of women's political, economic and cultural roles, deprivations, contributions, and leadership in all corners of the globe.

  • POLS7815 The political and social bases of Nationalism, its relation to culture identity, ethnicity, language, and ideological narrative manifesting movements for change. Selected contemporary and historical examples are examined, as well as their sub- cultural and subnational disidentifications.

  • POLS7821 Traces the main developments in modern political thought from Hobbes to Mao. Emphasizes problems regarding liberty, political obligation, the common good, etc.

  • POLS7822 An examination of selected revolutionary movements with emphasis on cause, organization and outcome.

  • POLS7825 Intensive analysis of the dynamics of world politics in the independent post-World War II era; the conceptions of world order among major actors, national and global interests, transnationalism, instrumentalities of foreign policy development and diplomatic processes.

  • POLS7830 Typology of organizations: League of Nations to the United Nations, regional organizations, public and private international organizations and transnational organizations.

  • POLS7831 Origin of international law and its relationship to municipal law. Challenges and responses to current issues.

  • POLS7832 Causes and possible solutions to major international conflicts. Topics will include superpower relations and regional problems.

  • POLS7833 Impact of insurrection, nonconventional warfare and terrorism on the international community.

  • POLS7834 A study of the relationship between political motivations and economic actions on the international economy. With emphasis on the interplay between the free market and planned economies.

  • POLS7836 The principles of leadership during times of significant stress. Various models, strategies and tactics of leadership are studied using the examples of civilian and military leaders.

  • POLS7838 Using case studies and current events, provides the skills and perspective to better comprehend rapid changes in the global arena, beginning with an introduction to the United Nations, its institutional structure, goals and mechanisms, its Charter, the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council and Secretariat and its roles in peacekeeping, sanctions, collective security, authorizing military action, disarmament, human rights, and the global war against terrorism.

  • POLS7851 Examines the trends and political forces at work in the region, past struggles, current issues and future aspirations.

  • POLS7856 The course will examine problems faced by American cities; crime, housing, education and finances. It will consider causes and solutions to these problems.

  • POLS7867 Examines contemporary issues in Africa. Project trends in political development, human rights and environmental programs.

  • POLS7868 Examines the conditions that encourage intervention, clandestine political action, demonstration of force, unconventional warfare and terrorism. Discusses impact on the global community.

  • POLS7869 An analysis of the economic drivers and costs of National Security today. Security issues will include among others insurgency, terrrorism and ethnic conflicts. Traditional concepts of National Security will be revisited.

  • POLS7870 Examines ways in which competing systems within the region affect international alliances and trade. Emphasizes role of Islamic fundamentalism, natural resources and political ideologies.

  • POLS7873 Examines the impact of global events on Asian development. Emphasizes roles of the developing nations, the "Little Tigers," China and Japan in political and economic coordination.

  • POLS7874 Political responses to the economic and social challenges of modernization. Focuses on democratization efforts and economic cooperation.

  • POLS7902 Since the rejection of the European Union's Constitutional treaty by France and the Netherlands, the twin burdens of "depth" and "breadth" have reappeared in the region's political imagination and debate in the form of two fundamental questions over Europe's future: What is Europe? What Europe for which Europeans?