Master of Global Affairs

General

Program Description

Rice University's Master of Global Affairs is a two-year Master of Arts degree co-sponsored by the James A. Baker, III Institute for Public Policy and the School of Social Sciences.Students complete rigorous coursework that compels high standards of scholarship and offers training for careers in government, the private sector and international organizations thus producing graduates with a broad global perspective requisite of leaders for the next century. The program is considered full-time with classes offered in the evening.

Admissions Requirements

The Master of Global Affairs (MGA) admits students for enrollment each fall. The MGA is a full-time Master of Arts degree and students should expect to complete the degree within two years.

The deadline for fall 2020 applications is February 15, 2020. Applicants are solely responsible for ensuring all application materials are received by the deadline and will be notified when their application is complete.

Application Requirements:

  • The normal application fee of $85 is currently waived for all applicants.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Professional resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Approved scores from the Graduate Record of Examinations (Rice University GRE Code 6609)
  • Approved TOEFL scores for applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive a degree from a country in which English is the official language of communication
    • (Rice University Code 6609)

Career Resources

The Master of Global Affairs graduated its charter cohort in May 2017. Our graduates have accepted positions in a wide range of industries including consulting, government, energy, commodities, and media, as well as continuing education to other advanced degree programs. Although the program provides assistance with career counseling, employer visits, and networking events throughout the academic year, it is the sole responsibility of each Master of Global Affairs students to obtain his or her own internship and employment. All Master of Global Affairs students have full access to Rice’s Center for Career Development (CCD) and receive a one-year complimentary membership to the James A. Baker, III Institute for Public Policy Young Professional Roundtable (RYP).

Master of Global Affairs students are encouraged to begin supplementing their academic tenure with professional development opportunities, networking, and taking advantage of the multitude of resources available as soon as they matriculate at Rice. Whether students are looking for entry-level positions or for upward mobility within their current organization, successful students have found it essential to maintain a systemic approach to efficiently balance the program’s academic rigor and an effective job search.

Last updated September 2019

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