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Program Summary 

This concentration in the Professional Master's in Global Affairs is for students who aim to approach security as a fundamental human need from two perspectives:

  • The traditional geopolitical-military approach
  • The newer, more critical view that the state-centered high politics approach distorts understandings of contemporary security problems

What You Will Learn

To prepare students for careers in this area, the curriculum includes both foundational courses necessary to understand current global trends as well as courses that emphasize policy analysis to deal with numerous security-related issues impacted by globalization.

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

Professional Development

Most unique to our curriculum is a Capstone Project whereby students work in partnership with a corporation, non-profit organization, or government agency/international institution on a topic of mutual interest. The entire curriculum is supplemented with professional development seminars that provide additional skills in areas such as career services, leadership, interviewing, and grant writing.

Gain A Competitive Edge

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.

These languages are critical for US 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.

The FIU Global Affairs program was as challenging as it was rewarding. With highly reputable professors and top of the line facilities, I was able to learn various topics of global affairs and gain experience in how to apply what I've learned into the workplace.Felix Jorge Reynoso, ’16, The Cuban American National Foundation

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 can choose two courses (6 credits):
      • CCJ 6676: Transnational Crime and National Security (3 credits) 
      • GIS 5620: Surveillance, Intelligence, and International Relations (3 credits)
      • INR 5012: Global Issues and Human Rights (3 credits)
      • INR 5066: Global and Human Security (3 credits) 
      • INR 5935: Public Security and Governance in the Americas (3 credits) 
      • INR 6338: Seminar in Strategic Studies (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6327: Security Risks in Global Business (3 credits) 
      • REL 5149: Religion, Violence, and Conflict (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6249: Migration, Security, and Globalization (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6994: Disasters, Security and Governance (3 credits) 
      • DSC 6020: Terrorism & Homeland Security (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6219: International Law and Global Security (3 credits)
      • ISS 6991: Intelligence Community Successes and Failures: Policy Implications (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6640: Global Financial Crimes (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6650: U.S. - Russian Relations and Their Impact on Global Security (3 Credits)
  • Year One Non-Credit Professional Development Seminars

    The 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 can choose two courses (6 credits):
      • CCJ 6676: Transnational Crime and National Security (3 credits) 
      • GIS 5620: Surveillance, Intelligence, and International Relations (3 credits) 
      • INR 5012: Global Issues and Human Rights (3 credits)
      • INR 5066: Global and Human Security (3 credits) 
      • INR 5935: Public Security and Governance in the Americas (3 credits) 
      • INR 6338: Seminar in Strategic Studies (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6327: Security Risks in Global Business (3 credits) 
      • REL 5149: Religion, Violence, and Conflict (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6249: Migration, Security, and Globalization (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6994: Disasters, Security and Governance (3 credits) 
      • DSC 6020: Terrorism & Homeland Security (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6219: International Law and Global Security (3 credits)
      • ISS 6991: Intelligence Community Successes and Failures: Policy Implications (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6640: Global Financial Crimes (3 credits) 
      • ISS 6650: U.S. - Russian Relations and Their Impact on Global Security (3 Credits)
  • Fourth Semester (9 credits)
    • ISS 6926: Master’s Capstone (3 credits)
    • Globalization and Security Course (3 credits)
    • Globalization and Security Course (3 credits)
  • Year Two Non-Credit Professional Development Seminars

    The 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.

Start Your Application

Apply to FIU to enroll in the Global Affairs program, Globalization and Security track today.