Concentration Director's Message

Michael Cheah

Dear Prospective Student,

Globalization might be slowing down, but it is unlikely to reverse. Today, employers seeking to expand abroad or compete locally against foreign companies are under great pressure to find top graduates who truly understand intercultural relationships and the current state of global affairs. The core courses of the MS in Global Affairs cover international relations, international political economy, and international law. From this strong foundation students in the Private Sector concentration then study the Fundamentals of Corporate Finance before choosing electives such as International Business, Political Risk, Asia Today, and The Emerging Markets. All courses are structured to cover key theoretical frameworks to help students understand current political, economic, and social events. The broad and deep range of offerings expose students to team project work with fellow classmates from around the world and allows students to acquire the knowledge and skills that best match their career direction.

Our Global Field Intensives also provide students with the opportunity to participate in short-term, study-away experiences, during which they have the opportunity to meet with government officials, NGO representatives, and business enterprise owners in selected countries. A special feature of the MS in Global Affairs is the thesis, a two-semester-long exercise that allows students to examine an issue from a global, problem-solving perspective while working one-on-one with a senior faculty mentor. Our faculty members come from top institutions including central banks, hedge funds, and consulting companies.

Private Sector concentration graduates have found jobs in global financial institutions and world-class consulting firms. As alums, many of them are now giving back to the School by actively volunteering to mentor new students and assist in career networking events. We hope you'll join our vibrant community.

Michael Cheah
Adjunct Associate Professor
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs