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Program Summary

Poverty alleviation and economic growth as well as reduced inequalities and sustainability, continue to be some of the main development challenges the world faces today and will continue to confront in the future. Addressing these issues in an interconnected and data-driven world, requires people who understand global trends and are able to devise solutions based on solid empirical evidence. This track offers a unique combination of multidisciplinary courses designed for students who wish to apply the data-based techniques of economics to the analysis of practical problems in international  development.

This program will be offered in person beginning Fall 2020.

What You Will Learn

To prepare students for careers in government, international organizations, private corporations or consulting firms, the track provides a solid understanding of the fundamental tools of economic policy analysis. The primary focus is on the skills necessary to conduct rigorous assessments of public policy and private projects. The curriculum emphasizes the acquisition of econometric and other statistical and quantitative tools needed to leverage the increasingly large amounts of data available.

Courses in research methods and writing and presentation skills provide additional academic and professional preparation. Professional Development Seminars and Capstone research projects supplement the curriculum.

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)
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars
  • 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)
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars

Year Two

  • Third Semester (9 credits)
    • PAD 6306: Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation OR SYA 6655: Program Design and Evaluation (3 credits)
    • Students take two additional courses from the list below (6 credits):
      • ISS 6609: Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
      • ISS 6630: Markets, Governments and Public Policy (3 credits)
      • ISS 6615: International Development Policy (3 credits)
      • ISS 6610: Global Economy, Finance and Institutions (3 credits)
      • ISS 6275: Growth, Development, and Policy (3 credits)
      • ISS 6660: International Trade for Global Affairs (3 credits)
      • ISS 6246: Global Economy and Industrial Sustainability (3 credits)
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars
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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 6609: Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
      • ISS 6630: Markets, Governments and Public Policy (3 credits)
      • ISS 6615: International Development Policy (3 credits)
      • ISS 6610: Global Economy, Finance and Institutions (3 credits)
      • ISS 6275: Growth, Development, and Policy (3 credits)
      • ISS 6660: International Trade for Global Affairs (3 credits)
      • ISS 6246: Global Economy and Industrial Sustainability (3 credits)
    • Non-credit Professional Development Seminars
"Studying in the Global Affairs program helped me to develop professional skills I use in the field, and gave me the opportunity to network with a great cohort of fellow students and knowledgeable and caring professors. Being a speaker in an international conference, the internship experience in D.C., the capstone project with the U.S. State Department, and the support of a wonderful staff made the graduate school experience unique."Johana Ravelo, ‘16, United States Department of State

Career Guide

Master of Arts in Global Affairs students with a track in International Development can find careers in business, environment and sustainability, compliance, legal divisions, consulting firms and human rights.Focus areas also include energy, development and relief, public affairs, education, research, security, accounting and auditing firms, and trade policy.

  • Common Job Titles
    • Corporate Sustainability Officer
    • Corporate Citizenship Officer
    • Corporate Responsibility Officer/Specialist
    • Community Relations Program Director
    • Relationship Manager
    • Director of Sustainability
    • Grants Manager
    • Advocate
    • Analyst
    • Consultant
    • Researcher
  • Popular Employers
    • United Nations
    • USAID
    • KPMG
    • JP Morgan Chase
    • Local Municipalities
    • World Bank
    • Kennedy School of Government, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative
    • Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
    • Climate Counts
    • Boston College, Center for Corporate Citizenship
    • Harvard Business School, Social Enterprise Initiative PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Exxon Mobil
    • Starbucks Corporation
  • Skills
    • Strong Verbal and Written Communication Skills
    • Negotiation Skills
    • Presentation Skills
    • Critical Thinking Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Ability to obtain a security clearance
    • Analytical Skills
    • Program Management Research
    • Overseas Experience
    • Quantitative Analysis
    • Language Proficiency
    • Understanding of public policy
  • Professional Associations and Other Organizations
    • Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Corporate Citizenship Center
    • Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
    • The Women's Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF)
    • US Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Center
    • Net Impact
    • Social Accountability International
    • Transparency International
  • Salary

    $25K entry level - $100K senior level

    Want more information? Go online to ONET /Occupational Outlook Handbook/U.S. News.

Ready To Take The Next Step?

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