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. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Students pursuing the MAGA degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 36 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level study (coursework at the 500-level or above).
  • A minimum of 24 credit hours must be taken at Rice University.
  • A minimum residency enrollment of one fall or spring semester of part-time graduate study at Rice University.
  • The requirements for one area of specialization (see below for areas of specialization). The MAGA degree program offers three areas of specialization:
  • The required Graduate Field Internship.
  • The required Capstone project.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.67.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.67 in required coursework.

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.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this degree program. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the program's academic advisor, or where applicable, the department or program's Director of Graduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the department or program's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MAGA degree36

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements 1
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
Area of Specialization 2
Select 1 from the following Areas of Specialization (see Areas of Specialization below):9
International Political Development
International Political Economy
International Security
Graduate Field Internship Requirement
GLBL 519MASTER OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP 36
Capstone Requirement
GLBL 520MASTER OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS CAPSTONE 43
Total Credit Hours36

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Areas of Specialization

Students must complete a minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) from one area of specialization. Students should choose coursework according to their individual academic interests and career goals. No more than 1 course (3 credit hours) at the undergraduate level (300-level or 400-level) can be used toward the area of specialization. The area of specialization requirement must be completed during the second year of study. 

Area of Specialization: International Political Development 

Select 3 from the following:9-10
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND REPORTING
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
WORLD POLITICS AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNACE
INTERNATIONAL MACROECONOMIC POLICY FOR MASTER'S STUDENTS
ENERGY POLICY
INTERNATIONAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT IN A MULTI-RISK, INTER-CONNECTED WORLD
IMMIGRATION AND THE STATE: 19TH & 20TH CENTURY
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
ELECTIONS IN THE AMERICAS
SEX, GENDER, AND POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN LATIN AMERICA
US - CHINA: CONFLICT AND COOPERATION
SOCIOLOGY OF DISASTER
Total Credit Hours9-10

Area of Specialization: International Political Economy 

Select 3 from the following:9
NEOLIBERALISM AND GLOBALIZATION
ASIAN STUDIES RESEARCH SEMINAR
INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION
ENERGY ECONOMICS
ECONOMIC MODELING AND PUBLIC POLICY
PUBLIC FINANCE
WORLD POLITICS AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNACE
INTERNATIONAL MACROECONOMIC POLICY FOR MASTER'S STUDENTS
ENERGY POLICY
IMMIGRATION AND THE STATE: 19TH & 20TH CENTURY
AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST
POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
STRATEGIC INTERACTIONS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
POLITICAL PARTIES AND VOTING BEHAVIOR IN WESTERN DEMOCRACIES
INTRODUCTION TO MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION
RACE AND ETHNICITY SEMINAR
Total Credit Hours9

Area of Specialization: International Security 

Select 3 from the following:9
NEOLIBERALISM AND GLOBALIZATION
ENERGY ECONOMICS
WORLD POLITICS AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
ENERGY POLICY
CYBERPOLITIK: INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS IN TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION
INTERNATIONAL SECURITY: DE-RISKING NATIONAL THREATS AND BUSINESS THREATS
INTERNATIONAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT IN A MULTI-RISK, INTER-CONNECTED WORLD
UNDERSTANDING TERRORISM AND COUNTERTERRORISM
AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST
WAR AND POLITICS
STRATEGIC INTERACTIONS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
US - CHINA: CONFLICT AND COOPERATION
INTRODUCTION TO MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION
Total Credit Hours9

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+ (3.33 grade points) 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.

Additional Information 

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). 

Additional Information 

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