12 months
37200 USD/year
37200 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Prepare for internationally focused positions in the U.S. or abroad with our practical, interdisciplinary and interactive Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University.

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In today’s increasingly interconnected world, global corporations, nonprofits, and governments have an increasing need for leaders with deep analytical, research, and cross-cultural skills. The  Global Studies and International Relations program from Northeastern University prepares students for internationally focused positions in the U.S. and abroad to take on the complex challenges formed by modern globalization. 

Our unique interdisciplinary program concentrates on both global studies and international relations, allowing students to gain one comprehensive degree. Classes focus on real-world fieldwork such as analyzing the investment portfolios of developing nations, staging mock debates, crisis management, and the art of speechwriting for top embassy officials—preparing you for leadership roles in international organizations and areas like consulting, nonprofit management, business and industry, education, foreign service, or banking. 

With students coming from more than 24 countries and over 34 states and faculty with decades of experience working as ambassadors, foreign service officers, diplomats, and more, there are rich opportunities for discussion and debates on international perspectives.

Career Outlook

Graduates have gone on to work in diverse areas such as international business, journalism, defense, international security, for NGOs or the UN, various embassies and consulates, and nonprofits around the world. Our international faculty and alumni are established in their careers and can serve as advocates during your job search. Northeastern’s renowned co-op and internship program allows you to gain hands-on work experience.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Globalization and Global Politics and Economics
  • Global Literacy, Culture, and Community
  • Basic Field Research Methods
  • Peace and Conflict 
  • Regional Studies: East Asia  
  • Regional Studies: Middle East and North Africa
  • Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    37200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 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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