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Global Master of Arts Program: Admissions and Details

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Attend a Global MA Virtual Information Session to find out more information about this once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity. Log in from home to chat with the assistant director of international relations programs and our global admissions counselor, and gain insight into how the Global MA program works. You’ll receive information on the program structure, curriculum, costs, and admissions process. Time is always allotted for you to ask any questions you may have—all from your own computer screen.

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Global MA Admissions

Students who have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university are encouraged to apply for admission to Webster University's Global MA program. Students from outside the U.S., who have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, are welcome to apply.

We welcome applicants with any academic major to apply to this program.The Global MA program is designed to compress into five 9-week terms what is normally done in at least six terms. Because of the academic demand the Global MA program places on students, we prefer that Global MA applicants have an overall minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale from their undergraduate degree-granting institution. We are willing to consider applicants with a GPA below 3.0 if they have a strong record of academic achievement in their junior and senior years. Applicants who do not meet either criterion, especially those several years removed from their undergraduate experience, may still be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. A phone interview also may be required.

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Global MA Program Details

Webster provides guidance and assistance to make sure that the year of international study is enjoyable and rewarding. All Global MA students will receive orientation materials that contain practical information and cross-cultural insight. At each of Webster University's international campus locations, on-site staff assist students with accommodations and local information. Students will also have access to the centralized program coordinator, who will help them navigate their year abroad.

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Student Orientation

Prior to departure, all students will receive the Global MA Student Handbook, which contains dates, important arrival information and other pre-departure details. All GMA students will travel to a designated Webster campus for a mandatory group orientation in August, just prior to the start of the academic year. In the past, orientation for the Global MA in International Relations, has taken place at our campus in Leiden. The orientation is designed specifically for the GMA program. Students will meet with all members of their GMA class and other important Webster staff who will assist them throughout the year. While attending the program orientation, accommodations will be provided. After the group orientation, students will travel to the location of their first term.

In addition, upon your arrival at each of the Webster University international campuses, students have an orientation designed to orient them to that campus, campus policies, library, country and coursework to be taken. Students are expected to arrive at their respective campus each term in time for the campus orientation and should arrange travel around the recommended arrival dates provided in the Global MA Student Handbook. This handbook will be available in the spring.

Housing

Students will live in a variety of on-campus and off-campus apartments, student residences and hotels at each location. The level of accommodations varies from campus to campus, but all housing will be located within walking distance or with access to public transportation routes for travel to and from each campus. Accommodations will be arranged by Webster staff on-site at each location.

Note: Students will be responsible for making their own housing arrangements between academic terms.

Passports and Visas

As a recognized leader in study abroad education, Webster University understands the varying regulations related to travel within our international network of campuses.

With that in mind, all Global MA students must obtain a valid passport from their country of residence to participate in the program. U.S. citizens must apply through the U.S. State Department at travel.state.gov. Students are solely responsible for procuring a valid passport.

Students will also be responsible for obtaining a visa for each location visited, if required. Typically, U.S. students will need to arrange a visa for studies in Thailand or China and may need one when traveling to Austria, Switzerland, and/or the Netherlands. International students should determine the visa requirements for study in each of the locations included in their program. Each student, regardless of citizenship, is encouraged to contact the embassies for each destination country located closest to your home to make sure of compliance with immigration laws. This should be done well in advance of program departure. For more information about passport and visa requirements, please contact the Office of Study Abroad at 1-800-984-6857 or worldview@webster.edu.

International Student ID Card

Webster University provides each student with a free personal International Student Identification Card (ISIC), which will serve as your worldwide student ID. The ISIC also allows you to book discounted student airfare; receive discounts around the world for museums, exhibits, etc.; and access a 24-hour toll-free help-line.

Health Insurance

At no additional cost, Webster University provides basic accident and sickness insurance to program participants. The policy covers students throughout the world arranged through HTH Worldwide Health Services. Students should not cancel their existing policies in lieu of this coverage. For more information, visit hthstudents.com.

Student Safety

Webster University is committed to the safety and security of all its students. Student residences are all staffed with residential assistants. All students have 24-hour local contact information in case of an emergency.

Additionally, all campuses remain in close contact with the local U.S. embassies for the latest local and international advisories. Webster also monitors U.S. State Department travel advisories on an ongoing basis.

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Global MA Cohort Route & Course Schedules

The Global MA program is a 36-credit-hour cohort program in which students pursue their degree by following a predetermined schedule of courses and campus travel based on their certificate track. While all attempts are made to provide GMA students course options, students follow a cohort schedule in order to ensure that all students meet the graduation requirements by the end of the program. Please note that once cohorts are assigned, Global MA students must follow the set rotation. It is not possible for students to change the order of campuses along the way.  

An attempt is made to give all students their first cohort choice, but there is a possibility that students will not get their first selection. Certain factors (e.g. available housing) are taken into consideration. There may be limits to the number of students a campus can accommodate. Cohort assignments are at the sole discretion of program administration.

2017-18 Country Rotations by Certificate Area
Graduate Certificate in:
  International and Nongovernmental Organizations  Comparative & Regional Governance  International and Regional Security International Development 
Fall 1, 2018 Athens, Greece Vienna, Austria Athens, Greece Leiden, the Netherlands 
Fall 2, 2018 Bangkok, Thailand Beijing, China Beijing, China Bangkok, Thailand
Spring 1, 2019 Accra, Ghana Havana, Cuba Havana, Cuba Accra, Ghana
Spring 2, 2019 Leiden, the Netherlands Leiden, the Netherlands  Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria
Summer, 2019 Geneva, Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland 
2018-19 Global MAIR Rotations (PDF)

 

*Please note that course schedules are tentative and subject to change

International and Nongovernmental Organizations (Athens, Bangkok, Accra, Leiden, Geneva)
Fall 1, 2018 Course Dates: August - October
Athens, Greece Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5555 Policy & Practice: Global Project (1.0)
INTL 5000 Intro to International Relations
INTL 5100 Research Methods
Fall 2, 2018 Course Dates: October - December 
Bangkok, Thailand Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INGO 5400 International Political Economy 
INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies
Spring 1, 2019 Course Dates: January - March 
Accra, Ghana Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500  Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5555 Policy & Practice: Global Project (1.0)
INTL 5580 Politics of Development
INGO 5900 Project Management for INGOs
Spring 2, 2019 Course Dates: March - May 
Bangkok, Thailand Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5050 Comparative Politics
INGO 5000 Intro to International and Nongovernmental Orgs
Summer 2019 Course Dates: May - July 
Geneva, Switzerland Course Number Course Title
INTL 6000 International Relations: Theory & Practice
INGO 5600 Principles of Negotiation
2018-19 Global MAIR Course Schedule (PDF)

 

International and Regional Security (Athens, Beijing, Havana, Vienna, Geneva)
Fall 1, 2018 Course Dates: August - October 
Athens, Greece Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5555 Policy & Practice: Global Project (1.0) (FA Semester)
INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations
INTL 5100 Research Methods
Fall 2, 2018 Course Dates: October - December 
Beijing, China Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies: Chinese Politics
INTL 5590 International Security
Spring 1, 2019 Course Dates: January - March 
Havana, Cuba Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5555 Policy & Practice: Global Project (1.0) (SP Semester)
INTL 5685 Latin American Area Studies: Latin American Politics
INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics: US-Cuba Security
Spring 2, 2019 Course Dates: March - May 
Vienna, Austria Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5860 Issues in Intl’ Politics: Energy and Environ. Security
One of the following:
INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics: EU Foreign Policy
INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations
Summer 2019 Course Dates: May - July 
Geneva, Switzerland Course Number Course Title
INTL 6000 International Relations: Theory & Practice
INTL 5560 U.S. Foreign Policy
2018-19 Global MAIR Course Schedule (PDF)

 

International Development (Leiden, Bangkok, Accra, Vienna, Geneva)
Fall 1, 2018 Course Dates: August - October 
Leiden, the Netherlands Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5555 Policy & Practice: Global Project (1.0) (FA Semester)
INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations
INTL 5100 Research Methods
Fall 2, 2018 Course Dates: October - December 
Bangkok, Thailand Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5400 International Political Economy
INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies: Subtitle TBD
Spring 1, 2019 Course Dates: January - March 
Accra, Ghana Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5555 Policy & Practice: Global Project (1.0) (SP semester)
INTL 5580 Politics of Development
INTL 5900 Project Management for INGOs
Spring 2, 2019 Course Dates: March - May 
Vienna, Austria Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5605 Topics in Comparative Politics: EU Foreign Policy
One of the following:
INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics: Energy and Environmental Security
INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations
Summer 2019 Course Dates: May - July 
Geneva, Switzerland Course Number Course Title
INTL 6000
International Relations: Theory & Practice
INTL 5535 International Disaster Law
2018-19 Global MAIR Course Schedule (PDF)

 

Comparative & Regional Governance (Vienna, Beijing, Havana, Leiden, Geneva)
Fall 1, 2018 Course Dates: August - October 
Vienna, Austria Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5555 Policy & Practice: Global Project (1.0) (FA Semester)
INTL 5000 Introduction to International Relations
INTL 5100 Research Methods
Fall 2, 2018 Course Dates: October - December 
Beijing, China Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5590 International Security
INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies: Chinese Politics
Spring 1, 2019 Course Dates: January - March
Havana, Cuba Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5555 Policy & Practice: Global Project (1.0) (SP Semester)
INTL 5685 Latin American Area Studies: Latin American Politics
INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics: US-Cuba Security
Spring 2, 2019 Course Dates: March - May 
Leiden, the Netherlands Course Number Course Title
INTL 5500 Professional Seminar (1.0)
INTL 5050 Comparative Politics
INGO 5000/ INTL 5540 Intro to International and Non-governmental Orgs
Summer 2019 Course Dates: May - July 
Geneva, Switzerland Course Number Course Title
INTL 6000 International Relations: Theory and Practice
INTL 5560 U.S. Foreign Policy
2018-19 Global MAIR Course Schedule (PDF)

 

GMA Brochure 2015NOTE: Professional Seminar courses are 1-credit hour, standard courses are 3-credit hours, and the Policy & Practice: Global Project results in 2-credit hours. Because students complete an in-depth culmination paper as part of the Capstone course (INTL 6000), there is no Professional Seminar offered for credit in the final 9-week term.