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Master's (MSGA) in Global Affairs

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The MS in Global Affairs (MSGA) is the flagship graduate program of the NYU SPS 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 relations and foreign service jobs. The MSGA curriculum provides the global insight and contextual perspectives of international affairs that are needed to become a well-rounded professional in the global arena. It affords you the benefits, resources, and prestige of earning your degree at NYU, while immersing yourself in NYC—home to the United Nations and one of the largest international affairs/diplomatic communities in the world.

Degree Advantage

  • Degree core curriculum that prepares you for international relations jobs across public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  • Eight degree concentrations that span across the field of international relations
  • Specializations in Data Analytics, Global Risk, and the United Nations
  • Study Abroad Opportunities (Global Field Intensives)
  • Faculty members who are experts in their fields
  • Consulting practicums that provide experience in helping organizations to analyze and address challenges
  • Internships at government 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

Explore Graduate Opportunities at NYU SPS

Join an upcoming online session to learn more about our graduate degree programs including the MS in Global Affairs. As an attendee of an Explore Graduate Opportunities at NYU SPS session, you will meet members of our team and have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and application process.

6:00 PM until 7:30 PM EDT

6:00 PM until 7:30 PM EDT

6:00 PM until 7:30 PM EDT

6:00 PM until 7:30 PM EDT

Who Should Consider Earning the MS in Global Affairs?

The MS in Global Affairs affords student from all walks of life the opportunity to pursue their passion for international affairs with those who share a common bond of wanting to make a difference in the world. Recent college graduates and young professionals from around the globe immerse themselves in the comprehensive curriculum that prepares them well to achieve their career goals and objectives.


Choose From Eight Degree Concentrations

The MS in Global Affairs provides the flexibility for you to explore a variety of different career options through unique concentrations.

Gain Invaluable Experience Through Study Abroad

Study abroad opportunities abound for MS in Global Affairs students through short-term Global Field Intensives (GFIs). These travel experiences provide deep insights into critical global issues, by immersing students in the cultural, socio-economic, and political intricacies of everyday life. Recent GFIs include trips to: Rwanda, Uganda, Norway, Denmark, and the UAE.

Learn From a Faculty of World-Renowned International Relations Experts

MSGA faculty members are thought leaders and scholars in their areas of expertise who bring deep knowledge of critical global issues to the classroom.They have served in organizations engaged in public policy, refugee relief, and the protection of human rights, and as diplomats, journalists, UN staff members, activists, international attorneys, economists, global energy, and environment experts.

Internships and Job Opportunities

Through the Center for Global Affairs and the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS, MSGA students have the opportunity to complete international relations internships that provide the hands-on experience needed to accelerate their careers. Many of these internships evolve into permanent jobs. Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers in a broad array of companies and organizations including:

• Con Edison
• Department of Homeland Security
• Eurasia Group
• Freedom House
• Human Rights Watch

• S&P Global Platts
• The Brookings Institution
• UNICEF UN Development
• Program UN Women
• US Department of Energy

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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.


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