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Program Summary

Effective risk management is about understanding how to cultivate relationships with stakeholders and how to respond ethically and responsibly to issues related to the complex field of global affairs. This track focuses on understanding the international risks that businesses face by considering topics such as liability and risk assessment, corporate social responsibility, shareholder value protection, and reputation management.

This program will be offered fully-online beginning in Fall 2019.

What You'll Learn

Through this program, students will learn how to develop corporate strategies to manage risks and build stakeholder relationships. The curriculum includes both foundational courses necessary to understand current global trends as well as courses that emphasize policy analysis to deal with risk and social responsibility issues impacted by globalization.

Courses in economics, quantitative and research methods, and writing and presentation skills provide additional academic and professional preparation.

Professional Development and Hands-on Experience

Unique to our curriculum is a Capstone Project whereby students work in partnership with a corporation, non-profit organization, government agency, or international institution on a policy-relevant research topic. The program’s curriculum is also supplemented with professional development seminars that provide additional skills in areas such as career services, leadership, interviewing, and grant writing.

Gain a Competitive Edge through Foreign Language Acquisition

The Professional Master's in Global Affairs offers intensive instruction in US Department of State designated strategic languages, such as Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish through the School’s Strategic Language Institute (SLI).

These languages are critical for 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 US.

By having proficiency in one of these target languages, students greatly enhance their marketability when seeking employment opportunities.

For more information, visit the SLI web page.

Year One

  • First Semester (9 credits)
    • ISS 6216: Foundations of Globalization (3 credits)
    • ECO 6025: Economic Policy Analysis (3 credits)
    • ISS 6387: Analytical Writing and Presentation Skills (3 credits)
  • Second Semester (9 credits)
    • ISS 6307: Research Tools for Global Studies (3 credits)
    • Students take two additional courses from the list below (6 credits):
      • ISS 6259: Corporate Diplomacy (3 credits)
      • ISS 6246: Global Economy and Industrial Sustainability (3 credits)
      • ISS 6248: Public-Private Partnerships for Social Impact (3 credits)
      • ISS 6327: Security Risks in Global Business (3 credits)
      • ISS 6247: Social Enterprise and Grassroots Innovation (3 credits)
      • ISS 6409: Capstone Reporting (3 credits)
      • ISS 6640 Global Financial Crimes (3 credits)
      • ISS 6994: Leadership Dynamics in Global Risk and Corporate Responsibility (3 credits)
      • ISS 6995: Reputation and Crisis Management (3 credits)
  • Year One Non-Credit Professional Development Seminars

    The PMGA 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.

Year Two

  • Third Semester (9 credits)
    • Program Design and Evaluation OR Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3 credits)
    • Students take two additional courses from the list below (6 credits):
      • ISS 6259: Corporate Diplomacy (3 credits)
      • ISS 6246: Global Economy and Industrial Sustainability (3 credits)
      • ISS 6248: Public-Private Partnerships for Social Impact (3 credits)
      • ISS 6327: Security Risks in Global Business (3 credits)
      • ISS 6247: Social Enterprise and Grassroots Innovation (3 credits)
      • ISS 6409: Capstone Reporting (3 credits)
      • ISS 6640 Global Financial Crimes (3 credits)
      • ISS 6994: Leadership Dynamics in Global Risk and Corporate Responsibility (3 credits)
      • ISS 6995: Reputation and Crisis Management (3 credits)
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  • Fourth Semester (9 credits)
    • ISS 6926: Master’s Capstone (3 credits)
    • Students take two additional courses from the list below (6 credits):
      • ISS 6259: Corporate Diplomacy (3 credits)
      • ISS 6246: Global Economy and Industrial Sustainability (3 credits)
      • ISS 6248: Public-Private Partnerships for Social Impact (3 credits)
      • ISS 6327: Security Risks in Global Business (3 credits)
      • ISS 6247: Social Enterprise and Grassroots Innovation (3 credits)
      • ISS 6409: Capstone Reporting (3 credits)
      • ISS 6640 Global Financial Crimes (3 credits)
      • ISS 6994: Leadership Dynamics in Global Risk and Corporate Responsibility (3 credits)
      • ISS 6995: Reputation and Crisis Management (3 credits)
    •  
  • Year Two Non-Credit Professional Development Seminars

    The PMGA 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.

"The professors are passionate about teaching and give one-on-one guidance when needed. I am currently working for the Department of Justice under the Office of the Inspector General. I credit the [Global Affairs] program for this opportunity." Stephanie Alejo, ‘17, United States Department of Justice

Ready To Take The Next Step?

Apply to FIU to enroll in the Global Affairs program, Global Risk and Corporate Responsibility track today.