Center for Global Affairs

Our Mission

The NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs (CGA) prepares the next generation of professionals to anticipate and address the most critical global challenges and to create a more just, equal, and sustainable world.

Statement of CGA's Commitment to Ending Injustice, Inequality, and Racism

Our Community

CGA's students, alumni, and faculty practitioners come from around the globe and form a network that extends into the private, public, and civil society sectors, connecting research, policy, and practice.

New York Advantage

With classes situated within a city that hosts international business, diplomacy, and NGOs, students have unparalleled opportunities to engage in focused research and to build their professional network.

Global Context

Classes are intimate in size but global in scope. They examine critical issues that cut across borders and have a profound impact around the world.

CGA by the numbers

Center for Global Affairs programs are composed of students who represent diverse professional backgrounds and goals. Some elect to continue their career while completing their degree part-time, others immerse themselves full-time in their program of study. Graduating students join an impressive network of global professionals who utilize their CGA education to launch or advance their career and to make a difference. 

32%

of students are International

43%

of students attend part-time

1,400+

alumni working around the world

Offerings

MS in Global Affairs students

MS in Global Affairs

The MS in Global Affairs delivers rigorous, current scholarship within a practical, real-world approach to addressing today’s critical global issues. Whether you work with the general public or with policymakers, it equips you with the advanced skills to effectively communicate ideas and concepts across multiple sectors and prepares you with the in-depth knowledge and the contextual perspectives needed to become a successful, well-rounded professional in the global arena.

CGA MS in Global Conflict students

MS in Global Cyber

The MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime prepares globally-minded students for leadership, management, analytical, and advocacy positions within any organization that is ready to confront the threat of cyber conflict.

Center for Global Affairs events

Community and Public Events

CGA hosts events and programs that provide an opportunity for you to engage in the topics you care about and expand your professional network. They feature our expert faculty, diplomats, journalists, and other high-level guests who offer thoughtful analysis and insight to today’s most pressing issues.

Noncredit Offerings, classroom

Noncredit Offerings

In addition to a wide variety of open enrollment noncredit courses in Fundraising and Global Affairs, CGA offers Certificate programs in Clean Energy, Monitoring and Evaluation, Global Affairs, and Fundraising.

The Heyman Center

The George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy

The George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising within the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs prepares professionals for impactful careers in fundraising.

Programs

Our graduate programs are rooted in a theory-to-practice model, giving students the framework to examine global issues and the practical skills to address them throughout their professional careers.

MS in Global Affairs

The MS in Global Affairs is the flagship graduate program of the Center for Global Affairs (CGA), repeatedly ranked by the Foreign Policy Association as one of the nation’s leading institutions in preparing students for international careers. This master’s program provides you with the in-depth knowledge and the contextual perspectives needed to become a successful, well-rounded professional in the global arena.

 

Concentrations:

  • Environment/Energy Policy
  • Global Gender Studies
  • Human Rights and International Law
  • International Development and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Global Economy
  • International Relations/Global Futures
  • Peacebuilding
  • Transnational Security

MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime

The MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime prepares students to address transnational security issues arising from cybercrime, cyberconflict, and cyberwar. It can be completed on a full- or part-time basis, and approaches cyber issues from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. It's designed to prepare students for cyber-related positions across private and public sectors, and non-governmental organizations. 

 


Attend an MS in Global Affairs Virtual Information Session


Attend an MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime Virtual Information Session

Connecting the Dots

A Podcast Series for the Next Generation of Professionals Who Aim to Tackle Global Challenges.

Featured Faculty

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Carolyn Kissane

Clinical Professor

Center for Global Affairs

Christian Busch

Clinical Assistant Professor

Center for Global Affairs

Anne Marie M Goetz

Clinical Professor

Center for Global Affairs

Chloe Demrovsky

Adjunct Instructor

Center for Global Affairs

Mohammad A Darwazah

Adjunct Instructor

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Daniel J Rogers

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Applied Programs, Research, and Initiatives

Peace Research and Education Program (PREP)

PREP is the home for field-based peace research and action at NYUSPS and the Center for Global Affairs. Universities can be catalysts for peacebuilding. Working at the intersection of higher education and peacebuilding, the Peace Research and Education Program (PREP) supports the activation of local networks of peacebuilders.

Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats

The Center for Global Affairs is dedicated to understanding and to predicting non-traditional and new security threats, as well as to exploring responses to these challenges. The Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats (ISET) both reflects and extends this mission. The Initiative brings together research by faculty members, students, and affiliates of the program who consider what challenges may be lurking just over the horizon, and how we can best prepare for them.

Scenarios

The CGA Scenarios Initiative is a mediated workshop series designed to enable cross-disciplinary, innovative thinking regarding countries and issues critical to US national interests. By inviting experts from a diverse range of specializations and international backgrounds to participate in scenario-building workshops, the Initiative aims to raise the quality of US foreign policy by improving policymakers' understanding of, and reaction to, change.

Global Field Intensives

Immersive courses that allow students to maximize their in-country academic experiences.

Department Highlights

June 30, 2020
NYU CGA HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT SCHOLARS FORUM
May 22, 2020
Professor Trahan's book Existing Legal Limits to Security Council Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes about to launch by Cambridge University Press
April 28, 2020
Center for Global Affairs Professors WPS Sidhu and John Kane Play Key Role in Historic United Nations Global Initiative
March 5, 2020
CGA Hosts Important Event on the Sierra Leone Special Court
February 21, 2020
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs Launches Connecting the Dots, a Podcast Series Featuring Leading Experts, Who Will Tackle Pressing Global Issues and Social Challenges
October 23, 2019
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs to Mark 15th Anniversary with a Timely Panel Discussion on the “Futures of Counterterrorism”
June 30, 2020
NYU CGA HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT SCHOLARS FORUM
May 22, 2020
Professor Trahan's book Existing Legal Limits to Security Council Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes about to launch by Cambridge University Press
April 28, 2020
Center for Global Affairs Professors WPS Sidhu and John Kane Play Key Role in Historic United Nations Global Initiative
March 5, 2020
CGA Hosts Important Event on the Sierra Leone Special Court
February 21, 2020
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs Launches Connecting the Dots, a Podcast Series Featuring Leading Experts, Who Will Tackle Pressing Global Issues and Social Challenges
October 23, 2019
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs to Mark 15th Anniversary with a Timely Panel Discussion on the “Futures of Counterterrorism”
Upcoming Events
Message from the Divisional Dean
Vera Jelinek
Divisional Dean and Founder, NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs

In 2004, I and a small group of dedicated faculty launched The Center for Global Affairs with its flagship graduate program.  Our goals for the program were ambitious, but 15 years ago we never could have imagined the dynamic and innovative source of education, research, and student success that our program has become today.

 

Our corridors in lower Manhattan are a hub of energy and vibrancy, an atmosphere that extends into classes, student activities, events, and professional opportunities. The collaborations between our faculty, students, and our larger networks throughout New York City and the world expand horizons and opportunities for meaningful work.  Our community is a true example of what we advocate: interdisciplinary and practical approaches to global challenges.

 

Our faculty and administrators are equally dedicated to students. You will find open doors and faculty who are passionate about your academic and professional success. CGA faculty are top scholars and practitioners, diverse in knowledge, and committed to CGA’s mission of shaping future global leaders. While teaching, researching, and engaging in fieldwork, they are able to help you define your career trajectory and connect you to their extensive networks. Our administrative team is always available for advisement and includes CGA alumni and seasoned professionals in international education.

 

In trying to convey the excitement that I feel for CGA even today, I went through our archives of the hundreds of public and special events that featured leading policymakers and diplomats, from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Journalists, economists, activists, and other global leaders in events that run throughout the year provide our students with opportunities to meet and speak with some of today’s top thinkers.

 

CGA continues to grow and change in response to industry demands and political, economic, and social evolution. Our 1400 alumni spread out across the globe and working in the international arena can attest to our commitment to creating the next generation of global leaders.  I assure you that if I am passionate about the transforming value of global education, it is with good cause. If you join our community, you will have a graduate experience unlike any other