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Global Affairs (M.A.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The M.A. in Global Affairs offers students the opportunity to develop and expand their understanding of how globalization impacts world politics and societies. The program is designed to provide graduate students with a global perspective to realize the opportunities available to them in an increasingly globalized world. Being theoretically and conceptually rigorous as well as practically meaningful, students specialize in Global Security or Global Human Rights and Development. In order to facilitate placement, faculty will encourage students to make conscious decisions on behalf of their specialization and career planning. This includes becoming involved in professional networks through pertinent internships, conference participation, publication, and extracurricular activities that enrich student experience here at UTSA.


Why pursue a Master of Arts in Global Affairs at UTSA?

The M.A. in Global Affairs offers students the opportunity to pursue their interests in world politics. Pursuing one’s passion to this field is rewarding in and of itself. At the same time, while studying world politics, students develop important skill sets and the ability to market themselves in global careers. This includes critical thinking and analysis of complex topics, theoretical and structured thinking, efficient communication in written and oral form, and social and leadership skills to coordinate groups and manage conflicts. These transferable skills help students succeed in careers in state and non-state agencies, in the corporate world, and in education as well as media. With rigorous training in research design and methods, the program also prepares students to pursue a Ph.D. or law degree. In terms of student experience, the program offers personalized learning opportunities in a vibrant environment. Whether in small classes, in one-on-one research with faculty or in extracurricular activities such as Model UN and internships, students will be able to make the most of their time in the program,


Degree Requirements:

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 36 for the thesis student and for the non-thesis student. 


Admission Prerequisites:
 Required Degree Bachelor's degree and 18 semester credit hours in upper-division undergraduate or graduate-level courses in Political Science, International Relations, or directly related fields in the social and/or behavioral sciences.
Other Degree Requirements None.
Admission Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not required.
 Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation from references who can speak to your qualifications for the graduate program (at least two of these must be academic. Letters should address the applicant’s qualifications for succeeding in an advanced degree program).
 Statement of Purpose A statement of purpose (at least 500 words or two typed pages) indicating interests and goals in studying global affairs, including a summary of academic and professional experience in the field.
Test Scores Not required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other None.

Career Options

  • Government & Public Service (local, state, and international)
  • International Organizations & Foreign Service
  • Intelligence & Military
  • Non-Government (local, state, and international)
  • International Business
  • Education & Media

Research Opportunities

Opportunity to present at the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research competition;

Opportunity to present at regional, national, and international conferences;

Independent Study, Research Practicum & Thesis option.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Andrea Aleman
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-4627