MA in Global Policy

The Master of Arts in Global Policy (MGP) program immerses students in the fast-growing fields of global policymaking, implementation, and evaluation, preparing them for careers in government, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. The MGP is a rigorous three-semester program that provides students with core training in essential methods of policy analysis, contextual knowledge regarding global institutions and politics, and in-depth understanding of challenges and opportunities in their chosen specialization. Currently, the program offers specializations in Environment, Development, and Health.

In addition to coursework in their chosen specialization, students complete a set of universal requirements, including core courses on quantitative analysis, international economics, diplomacy and negotiation, and policy analysis, in addition to a capstone seminar in which research teams carry out projects contracted by real-world clients. The program also includes the opportunity for students to study in Geneva or (for those in the Health specialization) studying and researching in Tanzania over the summer. They can also demonstrate expertise in a region by earning a graduate certificate through one of the Pardee School’s regional centers and programs.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree that is relevant to their intended focus in the MGP program. This may include a major or significant coursework in fields directly related to international relations, economic development, environmental policy, or public health. Applicants whose undergraduate coursework has been in fields not closely related to the coverage of the MGP program will also be considered if they can demonstrate commitment to and knowledge of international affairs through their career or extracurricular experiences.

The MGP is a joint offering of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Earth & Environment.

Students with an Economics background may wish to consider the related Master of Arts in Global Development Economics.

Course Requirements

The MA in Global Development Policy with specialization in Environmental Policy requires a total of 48 credits. In addition to the course requirements listed below, remaining credits should be fulfilled through approved elective courses.

Core Course Requirements (20 credits)

  • GRS IR 602 Quantitative Analysis for Global Affairs
  • GRS IR 603 Economics for Global Policy
  • GRS IR 604 Negotiation and Diplomacy
  • GRS IR 605 Global Policy Analysis
  • GRS IR/GE 798 Global Development Capstone

Specialization in Environmental Policy Course Requirements (16 credits)

  • CAS IR/GE 594 Global Environmental Negotiation and Policy
  • 12 credits from a set of approved courses or other courses with pre-approval from the Director of Graduate Studies

Language Requirement

All students pursuing the Master of Global Policy degree are required to demonstrate graduate-level reading proficiency in a foreign language prior to completion of the degree. Language proficiency can be demonstrated either through a language examination, or successful completion of a non-credit graduate-level foreign language reading course offered by Boston University. In the case of non-native English speakers who were required to submit a TOEFL score report as part of their application for admission, knowledge of English fulfills this requirement.

Capstone Paper Option

In place of GRS IR/GE 798 Global Development Capstone, which is normally taken in the third semester, students can, with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies, take a 4-credit directed study as part of writing an individual MA paper. This paper can either be a policy paper or a research paper.

The Master of Arts in Global Policy (MGP) program immerses students in the fast-growing fields of global policymaking, implementation, and evaluation, preparing them for careers in government, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. The MGP is a rigorous three-semester program that provides students with core training in essential methods of policy analysis, contextual knowledge regarding global institutions and politics, and in-depth understanding of challenges and opportunities in their chosen specialization. Currently, the program offers specializations in Environment, Development, and Health.

In addition to coursework in their chosen specialization, students complete a set of universal requirements, including core courses on quantitative analysis, international economics, diplomacy and negotiation, and policy analysis, in addition to a capstone seminar in which research teams carry out projects contracted by real-world clients. The program also includes the opportunity for students to study in Geneva or (for those in the Health specialization) studying and researching in Tanzania over the summer. They can also demonstrate expertise in a region by earning a graduate certificate through one of the Pardee School’s regional centers and programs.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree that is relevant to their intended focus in the MGP program. This may include a major or significant coursework in fields directly related to international relations, economic development, environmental policy, or public health. Applicants whose undergraduate coursework has been in fields not closely related to the coverage of the MGP program will also be considered if they can demonstrate commitment to and knowledge of international affairs through their career or extracurricular experiences.

The MGP is a joint offering of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Earth & Environment.

Students with an Economics background may wish to consider the related Master of Arts in Global Development Economics.

Course Requirements

The MA in Global Policy with Specialization in Developmental Policy requires a total of 48 credits. In addition to the course requirements listed below, remaining credits should be fulfilled through approved elective courses.

Core Course Requirements (20 credits)

  • GRS IR 602 Quantitative Analysis for Global Affairs
  • GRS IR 603 Economics for Global Policy
  • GRS IR 604 Negotiation and Diplomacy
  • GRS IR 605 Global Policy Analysis
  • GRS IR/GE 798 Global Development Capstone

Specialization in Developmental Policy Course Requirements (16 credits)

  • CAS IR 592 Economic Development and International Institutions
  • CAS IR 606 Global Economic and Development Policy
  • 8 credits from a set of approved courses or other courses with pre-approval from the Director of Graduate Studies

Language Requirement

All students pursuing the Master of Global Policy degree are required to demonstrate graduate-level reading proficiency in a foreign language prior to completion of the degree. Language proficiency can be demonstrated either through a language examination, or successful completion of a non-credit graduate-level foreign language reading course offered by Boston University. In the case of non-native English speakers who were required to submit a TOEFL score report as part of their application for admission, knowledge of English fulfills this requirement.

Capstone Paper Option

In place of GRS IR/GE 798 Global Development Capstone, which is normally taken in the third semester, students can, with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies, take a 4-credit directed study as part of writing an individual MA paper. This paper can either be a policy paper or a research paper.

The Master of Arts in Global Policy (MGP) program immerses students in the fast-growing fields of global policymaking, implementation, and evaluation, preparing them for careers in government, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. The MGP is a rigorous three-semester program that provides students with core training in essential methods of policy analysis, contextual knowledge regarding global institutions and politics, and in-depth understanding of challenges and opportunities in their chosen specialization. Currently, the program offers specializations in Environment, Development, and Health.

In addition to coursework in their chosen specialization, students complete a set of universal requirements, including core courses on quantitative analysis, international economics, diplomacy and negotiation, and policy analysis, in addition to a capstone seminar in which research teams carry out projects contracted by real-world clients. The program also includes the opportunity for students to study in Geneva or (for those in the Health specialization) studying and researching in Tanzania over the summer. They can also demonstrate expertise in a region by earning a graduate certificate through one of the Pardee School’s regional centers and programs.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree that is relevant to their intended focus in the MGP program. This may include a major or significant coursework in fields directly related to international relations, economic development, environmental policy, or public health. Applicants whose undergraduate coursework has been in fields not closely related to the coverage of the MGP program will also be considered if they can demonstrate commitment to and knowledge of international affairs through their career or extracurricular experiences.

The MGP is a joint offering of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Earth & Environment.

Students with an Economics background may wish to consider the related Master of Arts in Global Development Economics.

Course Requirements

The MA in Global Development Policy with Specialization in International Public Health Policy requires a total of 48 credits. In addition to the course requirements listed below, remaining credits should be fulfilled through approved elective courses.

Core Course Requirements (20 credits)

  • GRS IR 602 Quantitative Analysis for Global Affairs
  • GRS IR 603 Economics for Global Policy
  • GRS IR 604 Negotiation and Diplomacy
  • GRS IR 605 Global Policy Analysis
  • GRS IR/GE 798 Global Development Capstone

Specialization in International Public Health Policy Course Requirements (22 credits)

  • SPH GH 770 Poverty, Health, and Development
  • SPH GH 745 Monitoring & Evaluation of International Health Programs
  • Additional courses (amounting to at least 14 credits) from a set of approved courses or other courses with pre-approval from the Director of Graduate Studies

Language Requirement

All students pursuing the Master of Global Policy degree are required to demonstrate graduate-level reading proficiency in a foreign language prior to completion of the degree. Language proficiency can be demonstrated either through a language examination, or successful completion of a non-credit graduate-level foreign language reading course offered by Boston University. In the case of non-native English speakers who were required to submit a TOEFL score report as part of their application for admission, knowledge of English fulfills this requirement.

Capstone Paper Option

In place of GRS IR/GE 798 Global Development Capstone, which is normally taken in the third semester, students can, with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies, take a 4-credit directed study as part of writing an individual MA paper. This paper can either be a policy paper or a research paper.