The Start of a Journey: Capstone Project Spring 2017

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs’ Capstone Project is a unique and innovative feature of the Masters of Art in Global Affairs Program and provides an important component to students’ learning experience and training. Throughout the project duration, students work directly with a Faculty Supervisor and a specific professional agency/organization on a topic of policy relevance. As the Fall 2016 semester comes to an end, our students are in the midst of completing their introductory meetings with their respective Faculty Supervisors and Agency/Organizations. This includes collaborations with:

- Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnership (INL/CAP) and Office of Multi-Lateral Affairs (INL/PC)
- United States Southern Command
- United States Special Operations Command – SOCOM
- United States Government Accountability Office - GAO
- The Ackerman Group
- Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI
- United States Marine Corps Forces, South - MARFORSOUTH

The Capstone Project helps students enhance their writing, research and public speaking skills, as well as provides them with unprecedented real-world experiences. Throughout the semester, the student and faculty supervisor/mentor work on their corresponding topic and prepare themselves for a presentation to agencies/organizations. Unlike other programs, the MAGA program helps students address issues like transnational crime, cyber security, international human rights violations, surveillance and intelligence and business risk. Graduates are able to understand how to work in a multifaceted and interdependent world and are trained to utilize essential critical thinking and negotiation skills that successfully translate across societies and borders. The 36-credit degree program, launched in 2011, gives students the appropriate learning environment to interact closely with faculty and offers the personal attention and assistance required when searching for career prospects. Classes are scheduled at FIU’s Downtown on Brickell facility twice a week – one weeknight and Saturday – giving students the flexibility to continue working full-time while they pursue their degrees. Currently, the MAGA program is accepting applications for Fall 2017. For more information, contact the MAGA office at 305-348-5452 or maga@fiu.edu.