M.A. On Campus

Global Affairs

George Mason University

12 months
1412 USD/credit
1412 USD/credit
524 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Global Affairs graduate program from George Mason University prepares globally competent professionals to enter today's fast-paced, interconnected world. Using a multidisciplinary approach, coursework highlights both the theoretical and practical aspects of the cultural, political, and economic dynamics of globalization.


The MA is designed for maximum flexibility for full or part-time students.  Courses in the thirty-credit, non-thesis program are offered in evenings at Mason’s Fairfax and Arlington campuses. Students create their interdisciplinary specialization from courses in highly ranked departments across the university, including economics, history, sociology, government, and public policy.  Fall or spring semester admissions are available.

George Mason University offers an ideal atmosphere to study global affairs because the highly international university itself draws its students from more than 130 countries, with at least 80 languages spoken.  The program attracts an especially dynamic and diverse student body, and our students enhance the classroom conversation through their multiple perspectives and experiences.

Global Affairs faculty hold particular expertise in human rights, media, resources and the environment, political economy, and critical geopolitics.  Faculty have active research in West Africa, Central America, South America, South Korea, and the Baltic states, among others. They provide personal attention to students and bring to bear the resources of George Mason, an R1 university and the largest public research university in Virginia.

Career options:

Graduates enter the workforce or move forward in their already-established international and domestic careers in the public sector, non-governmental organizations, and international business.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Global Competencies
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods
  • Economic Globalization and Development
  • Case Studies in Globalization
  • Seminar Abroad

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1412 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    524 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 524 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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