Online Masters Program - 40 Total Credits

The Master of Science in Global Affairs tracks substantially with the requirements for the in-residence program. All students must complete:

  • Seven Areas of Inquiry (AIs) Courses with grades of B (3.0) or higher —21 credits​​​
  • One Research and Methodology Course —3 credits
  • Two Capstone Colloquia Series with grades of Pass (a colloquium is a lecture series of 5 to 6 presentations on a given topic organized by a core DGA faculty, which students must attend and write a 15 page paper on if they want to accumulate credit) —4 credits
  • One Foundation Course - (26:478:508; 26:790:508): Evolution of the Global System —3 credits
  • Three Elective Courses —9 credits; note three electives may be joined with the applicable AI discipline to qualify for a certificate 
  • Language Requirement— no credit; the language requirement is fulfilled by prior coursework, a major/minor, or demonstrated familiarity or fluency in another language. 

NOTE #1: M.S. students are strongly encouraged to take both a qualitative and a quantitative methodology course.
NOTE #2: Interested students can partake in Internships or Independent Study to fulfill certain requirements.
NOTE #3: M.S. students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in all non-language courses taken at Rutgers University. If a student's academic performance falls below the expected standard, the DGA and the Graduate School-Newark may refuse the student the right of future registration and terminate studies. Students with an insufficient grade-point average may submit an appeal to the DGA Director. 

Time Limits
Students must complete their degrees within six years of admission into the M.S. program, regardless of whether students are part time or full time and regardless of whether they entered DGA with or without transfer credits. Students who fail to meet this deadline may be forced to withdraw from graduate studies at DGA.

Deviations from these time limits are not the norms and, when granted, require specific approval from the Deputy Director.

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