12 months
1431 USD/credit 42930 USD/year
1431 USD/credit 42930 USD/year
543 USD/credit 16290 USD/year
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The Global Affairs graduate program at 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.

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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.

Key Features 

  • George Mason 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 Global Affairs graduate program at George Mason University attracts an especially dynamic and diverse student body, and our students enhance the classroom conversation through their multiple perspectives and experiences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Competencies
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods
  • Economic Globalization and Development
  • Case Studies in Globalization
  • Ethics and International Security  
  • Intelligence: Theory and Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

The goals statement should address the following:

  • Purpose for graduate study and why the applicant has selected Global Affairs (and planned area of specialization)  and George Mason University
  • The applicant's career goals and plans for the future
  • The applicant's preparation for the field of Global Affairs, in relation to academic background, extracurricular activities, professional experience, etc.
  • Any other details that are not revealed elsewhere in the application that give the admissions committee an idea of who the applicant is as a person and master's candidate

Note:  Applicants are welcome to include an explanation for any problems or inconsistencies in other application materials (low GPA, etc.) in their Goals Statement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    42930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    16290 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 543 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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