Master of Arts in Global Affairs (MAGA) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes for the MAGA Degree

Upon completing the MAGA degree, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate leadership, communication, and research skills to conduct independent studies enabling them to understand and formulate public policy recommendations in the international arena.
  2. Apply quantitative skills to data analysis to make policy recommendations.
  3. Describe real-life experience in international public policy development by participating in an internship.
  4. Assess the social responsibilities of governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and individuals in the global twenty-first century.
  5. Analyze and develop new and innovative solutions to emerging challenges in the global community.

Requirements for the MAGA Degree

The MAGA degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. Students pursuing the MAGA degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 36 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • The required Internship.
  • The required Capstone project.

Note: Courses offerings may vary. Some listed courses may not be offered every year, and others may be offered that satisfy the requirements with pre-approval. Students should consult their academic advisors before enrolling and check for any course pre-requisites.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MAGA degree36

Degree Requirements

First-Year Core Requirements
GLBL 501GLOBAL SYSTEMS I1.5
GLBL 502INSTITUTIONS & DEVELOPMENT1.5
GLBL 507DECISION MAKING UNDER UNCERTAINTY3
GLBL 513INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION1.5
GLBL 514THE MIDDLE EAST CAULDRON AND UNITED STATES POLICY1.5
GLBL 523QUANTITATIVE APPLICATIONS IN GLOBAL AFFAIRS3
GLBL 524MACROECONOMICS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY3
GLBL 525INTERNATIONAL SECURITY3
Second-Year Area of Specialization Electives
Select 1 from the following (see below for Areas of Specialization requirements):9
International Political Development
International Political Economy
International Security
Internship
GLBL 519MASTER OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP 16
Capstone
GLBL 520MASTER OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS CAPSTONE 23
Total Credit Hours36

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Second-Year Area of Specialization Electives

Students must complete 3 courses (a minimum of 9 credit hours) from one area of specialization. Students will choose their electives according to their individual academic interests and career goals.  No more than 3 credit hours at the 400-level (one course) can be used toward the Area of Study.

Area of Specialization: International Political Development 

GLBL 531WORLD POLITICS AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE3
GLBL 532INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNACE3
GLBL 542INTERNATIONAL MACROECONOMIC POLICY FOR MASTER'S STUDENTS3
GLBL 543ENERGY POLICY3
GLBL 553INTERNATIONAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT IN A MULTI-RISK, INTER-CONNECTED WORLD3
HIST 372IMMIGRATION AND THE STATE: 19TH & 20TH CENTURY3
HIST 572AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST4
POLI 354LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS3
POLI 450ELECTIONS IN THE AMERICAS3
POLI 459SEX, GENDER, AND POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN LATIN AMERICA3
SOCI 368SOCIOLOGY OF DISASTER3

Area of Specialization: International Political Economy 

GLBL 531WORLD POLITICS AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE3
GLBL 532INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNACE3
GLBL 542INTERNATIONAL MACROECONOMIC POLICY FOR MASTER'S STUDENTS3
GLBL 543ENERGY POLICY3
ECON 435INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION3
ECON 437 / ENST 437ENERGY ECONOMICS3
ECON 479ECONOMIC MODELING AND PUBLIC POLICY3
ECON 483PUBLIC FINANCE3
HIST 372IMMIGRATION AND THE STATE: 19TH & 20TH CENTURY3
HIST 436AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST3
POLI 335POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS3
POLI 354LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS3
POLI 374STRATEGIC INTERACTIONS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
POLI 466POLITICAL PARTIES AND VOTING BEHAVIOR IN WESTERN DEMOCRACIES3

Area of Specialization: International Security 

ECON 437 / ENST 437ENERGY ECONOMICS3
GLBL 531WORLD POLITICS AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE3
GLBL 543ENERGY POLICY3
GLBL 551CYBERPOLITIK: INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS IN TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION3
GLBL 552INTERNATIONAL SECURITY: DE-RISKING NATIONAL THREATS AND BUSINESS THREATS3
GLBL 553INTERNATIONAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT IN A MULTI-RISK, INTER-CONNECTED WORLD3
HIST 436AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST3
POLI 373WAR AND POLITICS3
POLI 374STRATEGIC INTERACTIONS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
POLI 478US - CHINA: CONFLICT AND COOPERATION3

Policies for the MAGA Degree

Admission

Applicants to the Master of Arts in Global Affairs degree program are required to submit:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Professional resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, with official degree conferral date
  • Applicants are recommended, but not required to submit scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). 
  • 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.

Foreign Language Proficiency

Students who expect to complete their degree program with a particular regional focus in mind are expected to be proficient in one of the primary languages of that region. Proficiency is defined as the ability to read and speak the language. This requirement can be met in one of three ways:

  • By passing a language proficiency exam administered by the Rice Language Center.
  • By achieving a grade of B+ or better in an intermediate language course at Rice. Taking this class does not count toward the 36 credit hours total for degree completion.
  • By graduating from a high school or university where a language other than English was the primary language of instruction.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.

For additional information, please see the Global Affairs website: http://mga.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the MAGA Degree

Fifth-Year Master’s Degree Option for Rice Undergraduate Students

Rice students have an option to achieve the Master of Arts in Global Affairs degree by adding an additional fifth year to the four undergraduate years of studies. Advanced Rice students in good academic standing may apply during their junior year to the graduate program. Upon acceptance, depending on course load, financial aid status, and other variables, they may then start taking required core courses of the global affairs program during their senior year. A plan of study based on their particular focus area will need to be approved by the program director. 

As part of this option and opportunity, Rice undergraduate students:

  • must complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree and the Master of Arts in Global Affairs independently of each other (i.e. no course may be counted toward the fulfillment of both degrees). 
  • should be aware there could be financial aid implications if the conversion of undergraduate coursework to that of graduate level reduces their earned undergraduate credit for any semester below that of full-time status (12 credit hours). 

For additional information, please see the Global Affairs website: http://mga.rice.edu/