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Global Affairs (Master's)

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Gain insight into working successfully across diverse communities by cultivating a nuanced approach to important global issues and trends. The Global Affairs program prepares you to interact effectively with people from diverse cultural, national, and linguistic backgrounds and adapt to the evolving demands of multinational and multicultural environments.

A comprehensive theoretical and practical foundation coupled with hands-on learning opportunities will give you a chance to develop a better understanding of your own role as a global citizen, apply your knowledge, and make a positive impact. The knowledge and skills you’ll gain in this program will help you navigate the changing landscape no matter what sector you work in or what role you play. This program prepares you to:


  • Navigate diverse organizational structures and processes

  • Analyze cultural differences to improve professional interactions and institutional progress

  • Develop culturally-appropriate approaches to working with clients, stakeholders, and colleagues

  • Approach traditional and emerging issues from an informed global perspective

To learn more about the program outcomes, please view the Global Affairs program overview page.


Required Courses

MLS in Global Affairs requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

To develop your personalized academic plan for the MLS in Global Affairs, please contact Chris Heriza, academic advisor for Global Affairs, at chris.heriza@du.edu

Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs

Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.


16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.


Elective courses - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Global Affairs programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Popular electives for students pursuing Global Affairs programs include:


Careers in Global Affairs

Titles
Educator/Teacher, Healthcare Professional, Journalist, Public Safety Professional, Advocate, Cross-Cultural Trainer, Business Consultant, International Relations Specialist, NGO Director, Program Officer, Policy Analyst, Public Affairs Coordinator, Translator

Responsibilities
Advocating for individuals, policies, and programs; training for cultural competency; collaborating with international business leaders, legislators, and nongovernmental stakeholders; communicating across languages and cultures; managing international teams and partners; negotiating cross-cultural business and political agreements; participating in strategic global planning and development initiatives

Outlook
As the world becomes more interconnected, individuals with cross-cultural skills will be in high-demand working globally and locally. Career trends in global issues can vary greatly, but as a whole, these positions are centralized in three sectors: government, non-profit, and private business. In the business sector, the ability to effectively work across cultures and borders will be imperative to organizational success. Careers in global issues are sure to present candidates with professional opportunities for cultural and emotional growth.

Careers In Global Affairs

Translate a degree into a career.
A master's degree or graduate certificate in translation studies translates to a thriving career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 28% of translators or interpreters work within the educational field, 13% work in healthcare, and 9% are employed by the government. Translators can also explore other potential career areas, including conferences, conventions, travel guides, judiciary, localization, or literary translation. If you have second language proficiency in Spanish—you're in luck! This foreign language is in high-demand, but of course, it's not so foreign to you!

Be a global citizen!
If you strive to succeed as a global citizen and want to discuss globalization in terms of business, culture, governments, and major issues, then immerse yourself in global issues and world history. With an international studies background, job opportunities are limitless: business manager, politician, journalist, historian, or marketer for governments, institutions, non-profit organizations, or private businesses. Compete in a global market, which is becoming smaller as technology grows.

Careers
Global Affairs program graduates may hold potential job titles such as Foreign Service Officer, Historian, Political Advisor, Archivist, International Relations Specialist, Teacher, Communications Officer, Non-Profit Director, Journalist, Advocate, Translator, Diplomat, or Public Affairs Coordinator.

Career Services

Enhance Your Career
As a student, you'll gain access to a range of free services offered through DU Career Services. From resume and cover letter assistance to individual career counseling and assessments, you'll have valuable career support during and after your program.

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