M.A. On Campus

Global Affairs

Rice University

12 months
50310 USD/year
50310 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Global Affairs is a co-sponsored degree between Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the School of Social Sciences.


The program offers graduate students a professional Master of Arts degree that simultaneously requires high standards of scholarship and practical training for careers in government, the private sector, and international organizations. 

The Master of Global Affairs is a two-year, 36 credit hour degree program at Rice University. The program requires a non-credit bearing pre-term math boot camp held in the evenings before classes begin. The first year core-curriculum requires a sequence of 18 credit hours exposing students to a variety of topics in global affairs. The second year is reserved for pursuit of an Area of Study, participation in a required internship, and completion of a capstone project. The program is considered full-time with classes offered in the evening. 

Upon completing the MAGA degree, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership, communication, and research skills to conduct independent studies enabling them to understand and formulate public policy recommendations in the international arena.
  • Apply quantitative skills to data analysis to make policy recommendations.
  • Describe real-life experience in international public policy development by participating in an internship.
  • Assess the social responsibilities of governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, and individuals in the global twenty-first century.
  • Analyze and develop new and innovative solutions to emerging challenges in the global community.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • World politics and global governance
  • International business environment and global economic governace
  • International macroeconomic policy for master's students
  • Energy policy
  • International crisis management in a multi-risk, inter-connected world
  • Immigration and the state: 19th & 20th century
  • World politics and global governance
  • Energy economics
  • Energy policy

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

  • GPA Requirement 3.0 or higher
  • TOEFL scores if the applicant's native language is not English (a TOEFL score of 600 or higher on the paper test or 90 or higher on the iBT version is required for admission to Rice), or IELTS score in lieu of TOEFL (an IELTS score of 7 or greater is required) and;
  • At least three letters of recommendation from teachers or advisors;
  • Unofficial transcripts of grades from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • General GRE scores (use the code 6609 for Rice; do not worry about a department code)

Tuition Fee

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    50310 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 50310 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    50310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50310 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 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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