Brandeis' Master of Arts in Global Studies program, located just outside of Boston in Waltham, MA, started in Fall 2009. It is now in its fourth year and accepting applications for admission for the next academic year.
In consultation with the director, each student develops an area of concentration:
- Civil Society and Human Rights
- Communications and Media
- Culture and Globalization
- Global and Regional Governance
- Global Environment
- Global Health
- Social Justice and Gender
Welcome to Global Studies
Brandeis University's Master of Arts Program in Global Studies offers advanced study of globalization — without question, one of the fundamental issues of our time. This multidisciplinary program provides a broad perspective on the study of global institutions, the history of globalization, and concepts of globalization expressed in academic and non-academic writing. The program focuses specifically on complex ways that interlocking dimensions of globalization such as pandemic diseases, world-wide poverty and inequality, global warning and ecological crises, multinational agreements, transnational cultural flows, global communication technologies, and the internationalization of human rights affect specific regions and countries and how local inflections of global phenomena in turn influence the path of globalization.
This focus on the dynamic interplay of “the global” and “the local” differentiates the Brandeis program from traditional international relations programs, which concentrate on exchanges between nations, multi-/bilateral agreements, and diplomacy. Students interested in technical training in global finance or international trade should consult Brandeis’ International Business School; students with more interest in developing skills in policy-making and program development should consult the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
The Master's program in Global Studies combines disciplinary study with multidisciplinary perspectives and involves intensive training in research, analysis, and writing. Students gain a solid grounding in current theories and issues of globalization, which any serious approach to the interconnectedness of today’s world demands. Our goal is to prepare students to think, speak, and write knowledgeably about both specific problems and general theories, and to familiarize students with the research methods and conclusions of scholars as well as practitioners currently working on global issues. Students who are well-educated in worldwide issues and possess both an understanding of global relationships and a desire to be involved in global solutions are better suited for jobs in the contemporary international marketplace.
- A dynamic, interdisciplinary one-year program that provides a broad perspective on global institutions, critical issues, and the complex ways that globalization affects specific regions and countries;
- Receive intensive training in research, analysis, and writing, as well as a solid foundation in the theories and issues of globalization and augmented awareness of global agents;
- Develop skills and expertise that are valuable in the public or private sectors in a broad range of professions deeply impacted by globalization, such as non-profits, NGOs (non-government organizations), and international service agencies;
- Valuable for students who seek a solid basis and strong credentials for an advanced degree in a relevant social science or humanities field.
The curriculum for our one-year program consists of three required foundational courses, two electives in an area of concentration (see sidebar), two additional electives, and a master’s thesis which counts as one course. The expertise and skill development gained through the Global Studies Master's program supports multiple career paths and/or provides a foundation for doctoral studies in several disciplines. Our students often seek careers in the public or private sectors — in a broad range of professions deeply impacted by globalization, such as health care, the environment, human rights and communications.