Master of Arts in Global Studies

Note: The Global Studies program is on hiatus and not accepting applications for the upcoming admissions cycle.

Human trafficking. Environmental justice. Ethnic conflict. Religious fundamentalism.

Do you want to work on the world’s greatest challenges? Then consider how the Master of Arts in Global Studies at Brandeis University can give you both the breadth and the focus to get ready to make a difference. 

Our one-year degree program will prepare you to think, speak and write knowledgeably about the world’s most pressing issues. You will take core classes on global institutions and issues while learning how to use databases to do research on the topics that motivate you. At the same time, you will be free to focus on what you are most passionate about, choosing classes across the university that are most relevant to your interests and career goals. All along the way, you will receive personal guidance as you write a compelling master’s thesis on the issues you would like to address in your career, whether in diplomacy, academia, business or the nonprofit world.

Why Brandeis?

Human beings are complicated, and human societies even more so. Can any one academic discipline prepare you to help solve the world’s most complex problems?

To diminish terrorism, you must know its economic, social and psychological roots. To provide valuable humanitarian response after a disaster, you need to understand the culture of the people you are helping. You will need a knowledge of global business and international relations to untangle trade disputes, but you will go even further if you also know the historical reasons that some developing countries are suspicious of former imperial powers.

In other words, working effectively to solve global issues requires a holistic approach and a wide range of skills and perspectives.

Brandeis’s Global Studies program lets you choose classes related to your topic from across the academic disciplines.  You may draw on the wealth of academic resources across the Brandeis campus by taking classes in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Public Policy and Management and the International Business School. Our faculty consist of award-winning scholars and practitioners who mentor, model and inspire. And our diverse students range from recent undergraduates to career professionals.

What’s more, Brandeis is located just minutes from Boston, a thriving city with first-rate universities, including Boston University, Harvard and MIT. You can take advantage of the city’s rich intellectual and cultural environment, by pursuing internships or cross-registering in courses offered by the Boston Graduate Consortium.

Careers and Alumni

Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in such fields as history, anthropology, public health and education at the finest institutions, including Harvard University, Georgetown University and the University of Southern California.

Recent graduates are currently working around the world in diplomacy, finance, emergency management, philanthropy, health care, education, government, nongovernmental organizations and other settings.


Our one-year curriculum will give you the tools to answers real-world questions. It combines interdisciplinary study with intensive training in research, analysis, writing and practical experience.

You will take two core courses, one graduate-level course in methodology and four electives, which will vary according to your concentration or specialty. Working closely with your adviser, you will also write a 60-75-page thesis. And because you are engaged in gaining a holistic understanding of global issues, you’re required to have (or obtain) advanced training in a foreign language.

One highlight of the curriculum is the methodology course Global Studies: Methods and Metrics, taught by historian Greg Freeze, a renowned expert on modern Russia and the history of globalization. The course explores the major datasets used in contemporary global studies and provides hands-on experience in using them to develop a working hypothesis about the processes of global change.


Teaching in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the International Business School and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, our faculty are varied and numerous. Here are just a few of the scholars you will have access to: