The MS in Global Affairs is a 42-credit program, which includes three components: a core curriculum of five courses, a choice of concentrations, and either a graduate thesis or a team-based capstone project. The program is structured to meet the needs of working professionals and full-time students. Typically, students complete the degree within two years of full-time study, or within two to five years of part-time study.

The core curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of global affairs. Areas of concentration include:

The core curriculum is designed to provide you with a deep and broad foundation that supports concentration course work and serves you throughout your career. Students are required to take all of the following courses.

Students are required to complete a minimum of six courses in any one of these eight concentrations. Each concentration has one required course and students can select the remaining five courses from a list of designated concentration electives.

Students select up to two additional courses from any of the above concentrations, or with the approval of the faculty adviser or program director, students may select a maximum of two courses from among designated courses in the graduate programs offered by the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, another NYU graduate program, or from the following courses that will be offered periodically.

Regional Study Courses
Regional courses examine world regions from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students can count one regional course toward their concentration.

Study-Away Electives
Study-away elective courses include components of in-class preparation and short-term travel to the studied region. These courses exist as independent electives, but also can satisfy course requirements for some concentrations.

Students may take the following courses with approval from the program.