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Global Issues

Learn to analyze contemporary global issues and their impact on work at the local level. In a time of rapid globalization and increasing cultural diversity, you’ll learn to recognize connections between the local and the global, cultivating a nuanced approach to the impact of global change and multiculturalism in a variety of professional contexts.

Earn a graduate degree and certificate at the same time.

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Top-ranked, career-focused education in a flexible format.

At a Glance

Classes Begin
September 9

Term Length
10 Weeks

4 Course Certificate


6 Course Certificate




As few as 6 months

As few as 12 months

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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You’ll Learn

Enhance professional practices through an understanding of global interconnectedness
Leverage cultural competency in professional environments
Analyze global events from a variety of perspectives and viewpoints


Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in Global Issues requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).


Concentration Courses


Elective Courses

Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Global Issues (Choose 4 from this set of courses)

GS 4010 Global Society: Structures and Stakeholders
GS 4130 Gender and Social Justice: Sex and Power in Global Perspective
GS 4150 Global Trade: The Intersection of Main Street and the World
GS 4200 Globalization and Global Citizenship
GS 4210 The Force of Faith: Religion in the Global Workplace
GS 4701 Topics in Global Community Engagement
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Global Community Engagement program include:

HC 4005 Healthcare Macroeconomics
HC 4010 Healthcare Communication and Leadership
GS 4040 Managing Across Cultures
ORL 4125 Evaluate and Sustain Change
GS 4140 Contemporary Racial and Ethnic Relations
ORL 4400 Leading Strategic Planning in Organizations
HRA 4520 HR Change Management



Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Global Community Engagement program. 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.


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Sample Schedule

Plan your schedule to complete your graduate certificate. Finish quickly in just six months or take up to two years (four course certificate) or three years for a six-course certificate.

Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 0 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 2 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 2 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 1 1
6-Course Certificate Classes 1 2 2 1

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We know how important it is to get started when you’re ready and that’s why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Global Issues

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofits, and charities
continue to grow worldwide. According to a recent Global NGO Online
Technology Report, there are 10 million NGOs worldwide, and there
are 1.4 million NGOs in the U.S. that employ 11.4 million Americans.
More than 70% of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of
the United States, inspiring businesses to venture overseas, according
to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Career openings continue to
grow for professionals who possess sophisticated knowledge of timely
global issues and trends and have the ability to work effectively across
diverse organizational structures.

Job Titles

Cross-Cultural Trainer
Business Consultant
International Relations Specialist
NGO Director
Program Officer
Policy Analyst
Public Affairs Manager

Program Officer Salary: National Average



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Flexible Online Classes


We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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