Center for Global Affairs

EDUCATING THROUGH GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

The Center for Global Affairs (CGA) prepares the next generation of leaders in international relations to address critical global issues and to champion social justice, equality, global security, and sustainability.

A vibrant, international educational community, located in the heart of New York City—home to the United Nations—the NYU SPS Center for Global Affairs (CGA) plays an invaluable role in enlightening and inspiring those who truly wish to make a difference. Our graduate degree programs, continuing education offerings, public events, and global initiatives provide the NYU thought leadership that sets us apart and affords the deep knowledge and global insight to navigate in a complex and changing world.

A Center of International Innovation

The Peace Research and Education Program (PREP) works at the intersection of higher education and international peacebuilding. It supports local networks of peacebuilders as a catalyst for change.

 

The Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats (ISET) focuses on research by CGA faculty members, students, and partners who consider ways to prepare for potential transnational security threats.

 

This NEW virtual lab focuses on the impact of current and projected climatic changes and other stressors on food, water, energy security, envi­ronmental justice, and economic development.

 

Experts from a diverse range of specializations attend scenario-planning workshops, during which they build, analyze, and react to these scenarios. These exercises serve to enhance foreign policy by improving policymakers’ understanding of, and reaction to, change. 

Consulting practicums place students in real world situations, working under faculty supervision on projects of immediate importance and serve as a key element in our commitment to bridge classroom learning with practical applications.

These immersive courses allow students to engage in comprehensive research abroad and provide exposure to speakers and organizations to provide on-the-ground context and insight while also growing professional networks.

The Center Global Affairs is pleased to announce the Afghan Crisis Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student whose graduate studies in Afghanistan were prevented or interrupted by the Taliban takeover in August 2021, because of their gender, ethnicity, marital status, sexuality, or because of prohibitions on the substantive focus of their academic interests.

GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS ACROSS THE GLOBAL SPECTRUM

Center for Global Affairs graduate degree programs provide a New York City advantage combined with comprehensive global insight. Our degrees afford unsurpassed opportunity to gain a broad-based view of international affairs and global policies that is complemented by highly sought-after areas of specialization. Our deep connections to the United Nations and the diplomatic community provide the critical connections required for a career in the global arena in addition to a broad array of internship opportunities.

Master's in Global Affairs

  • Core curriculum that prepares you for a broad range of international relations jobs
  • Eight degree concentrations that span across the field of international relations
  • Specializations in Data Analytics, Global Risk, and the United Nations
  • Study abroad oppportunities (Global Field Intensives)
  • Faculty members who are experts in their fields
  • Consulting practicums that provide experience in helping organizations analyze and address challenges
  • Internships at gov't. agencies; law firms; and human rights, energy, and environmental organizations
  • Flexible full- or part-time study options
  • Can be completed in as little as 16 months

Master’s in Global Security, Conflict, and Cyber Crime

  • Core curriculum focuses in the areas of cyber law, global security, infrastructure security and resilience, and mission assurance
  • Electives that let students explore topics at the intersection of cyber strategy, cyber policy, and cyber technology
  • Faculty members who are experts in their fields
  • Three specialty tracks in: Strategy, Planning & Policy; Intelligence & Analysis; Global Security & Conflict
  • STEM degree, which may qualify students holding F-1 visas for a STEM OPT extension of 24 months
  • Flexible full- or part-time study options
  • 100% online, on-site, and hybrid degree options available
  • Can be completed in as little as 12-16 months
Group photo of CGA Alumni

Meet Our Alumni!

CGA is proud to service bright individuals and prepare them for a meaningful career in Global Affairs. Get to know some of our Alumni and see where their degree has led them to.

CGA GRADUATE PROGRAM BY THE NUMBERS

32%

OF STUDENTS ARE INTERNATIONAL

43%

OF STUDENTS ATTEND PART-TIME

1,400 +

ALUMNI WORKING AROUND THE WORLD

GLOBALLY FOCUSED CONTINUING EDUCATION

For those professionals who need to stay informed about global policy, world affairs, and international issues, CGA offers online and remote continuing education courses in the areas of Global Affairs and Fundraising, in addition to Certificate Programs that build international careers skills.

Continuing Education Students Taking an Online Class

LIFELONG LEARNING

Through the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) the Center for Global Affairs offers older adults the opportunity to stay informed about the issues that matter most. Visit the Academy of Lifelong Learning Website

Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Speaks at a Center for Global Affairs Event

Free Community and Public Events

  • Hear from journalists, activists, diplomats and high-level government and military officials, as well as experts in the field of international affairs
  • Network with leaders and peers from across the global spectrum
  • Gain a deeper understanding through thoughtful analysis of today’s most pressing international issues

The George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy

  • Serves the community of fundraising professions in NYC and across the country
  • Offers courses and certificates to launch your fundraising career or enhance your credentials
  • Provides insights into the latest trends and techniques for raising money and writing grants
Fundraising Professionals Working on a Campaign

FEATURED FACULTY

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Carolyn Kissane

Clinical Professor

Center for Global Affairs

Waheguru Pal S Sidhu

Clinical Professor

Center for Global Affairs

Anne Marie M Goetz

Clinical Professor

Center for Global Affairs

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Learn more about our dedicated administrative team, distinguished Advisory Board, and Non-Resident Visiting Fellows.

Department Highlights

February 26, 2024
CGA Offers Special Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise on the South China Sea for Students
February 15, 2024
Global Governance in Crisis: Jennifer Trahan on the Role of UN Security Council and General Assembly in the Invasion of Ukraine
February 8, 2024
Center for Global Affairs Alumni Spotlight: Chris Connolly
February 8, 2024
Center for Global Affairs Alumni Spotlight: Andini Effendi
February 8, 2024
Center for Global Affairs Alumni Spotlight: Louie Reckford
February 8, 2024
Center for Global Affairs Alumni Spotlight: Emily Peacock
February 26, 2024
CGA Offers Special Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise on the South China Sea for Students
February 15, 2024
Global Governance in Crisis: Jennifer Trahan on the Role of UN Security Council and General Assembly in the Invasion of Ukraine
February 8, 2024
Center for Global Affairs Alumni Spotlight: Chris Connolly
February 8, 2024
Center for Global Affairs Alumni Spotlight: Andini Effendi
February 8, 2024
Center for Global Affairs Alumni Spotlight: Louie Reckford
February 8, 2024
Center for Global Affairs Alumni Spotlight: Emily Peacock
Upcoming Events
March 25, 2024
The Future of U.S. Soft Power
NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South
April 4, 2024
Building Fundraising Resiliency: Using Metrics as a Tool for Resiliency
Online (Zoom)
February 29, 2024
Building Fundraising Resiliency: Diversifying Revenue
Online (Zoom)