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Unlike traditional professional graduate programs in international affairs, our Professional Masters in Global Affairs Program offers pragmatic skills combined with the theoretical rigor to tackle some of the world’s perplexing concerns brought upon by globalization.

Cohort-based

40 per cohort on average

Begins Every Fall

No spring or summer admission

2-year Program

4 semesters with no summer enrollment

Convenient Classes for Working Professionals

Students are able to continue working full time while pursuing their degree thanks to convenient class schedules:

  • Classes are offered twice a week on the weekday evening (depending on the cohort) as well as Saturday mornings and afternoons on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC).
  • The International Crime and Justice track classes are offered fully online.

Practical Skills for a Globalized World

The program will provide you with a unique combination of academic knowledge and practical skills. It is a skills-based program that will equip you to compete for and excel in employment opportunities in the global market. It is designed to provide you with the ability to understand and negotiate successfully across societies and borders: 

  • Professional development seminars: Non-credit lectures focus on leadership, budget management, grant writing, media, presentation skills, and applied research will be offered several times a semester.
  • The program offers an optional language component.

Professional Development Seminars

The Professional Master's in Global Affairs program offers professional development seminars that supplement the regular curriculum to further develop student skills in different areas.

The seminars are held three times a semester for three-hour sessions. During each seminar, students participate in interactive, hands-on activities and obtain real-time feedback from experts as well as their peers.

Seminar topics have included: conflict resolution, negotiation skills, leadership, handling the media, ethics and professionalism, grant writing, career development, and presentation skills.

As a student, you will have access to FIU University Graduate School and many other resources to help you succeed!

Topics

  • Conflict Resolution:
    Students learn how to communicate effectively, manage diverse work teams, and manage power struggles and strategies for forgiveness and reconciliation.
  • Negotiation Skills:
    Students learn principles of negotiation and strategies to find solutions to common problems in a professional setting. Students are also presented with a conflict model survey to identify each student’s problem-solving techniques.
  • Leadership:
    Students assess their leadership skills and engage in lively classroom discussions. Students learn useful strategies through “leadership-in-action” workshops such as effective communication, positive reinforcement, and management techniques.
  • Handling the Media:
    Students gain an understanding of different forms of communication such as written web, telephone/video, and face-to-face interviews as well as learn interviewing techniques through mock interview sessions with experts and fellow classmates.
  • Ethics and Professionalism:
    Students gain in-depth knowledge of ethical theories and how they apply to decision-making, law and policy. In addition, students learn about conflicts of interest and issues of bribery in professional and political settings.
  • Grant Writing:
    Students learn the rhetorical context of grant writing and practical strategies for writing an effective grant proposal. Seminar instructors discuss the stages of the grant writing process including the letter of intent, statements of need, budgets, project plans and executive summaries.
  • Career Development:
    Students are guided through the stages of the career development process which includes self-assessment, exploration of options, focus and goal setting, self-marketing for the job search, and career management. The career development session also offers students the opportunity for resume and interview critiques from career management services staff.
  • Presentation Skills:
    Students participate in presentation workshops and receive constructive feedback from professionals and peers regarding appearance, clarity, effective communication, and creativity.

Language Component

The Professional Masters in Global Affairs program also offers the unique option to attend intensive instruction in U.S. Department of State designated strategic languages like Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

These languages are critical for U.S. national security as well as commercial relations and economic competitiveness. The current demand for proficient speakers of these languages greatly exceeds the number of speakers available in the U.S. By having proficiency in one of these target languages, students greatly enhance their marketability when seeking employment opportunities.

Students interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity will take courses through the Green School’s Strategic Language Institute, conveniently located at Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Courses are available at an additional cost to students, and instruction can either be in groups or one-on-one.

Contact a Global Affair program coordinator at 305-348-7222.

As an undergraduate student, I had an academic understanding of International Relations, but the Global Affairs program has elevated me to have a deeper understanding of International Relations. Richard Hughes, ‘17, United States Southern Command

Career Outcomes

Nearly 90% of our students are employment at or after graduation. Here's where some of our most recent graduates are working now:


Private Sector

  • KPMG
  • Tracfone Wireless
  • Skyline ULTD
  • LBM LLC
  • Deloitte and Touche

Non-Government (Not for Profits, Public)

  • Miami Dade County Mayors Office
  • Cuban American National Foundation
  • Global Ties
  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center
  • American for Immigrant Justice

Government

  • FBI
  • Idaho National Laboratory 
  • U.S.  Southern Command
  • Department of Homeland Security

Ready To Take The Next Step?

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