Why Pursue an MA in Global Affairs?
Global Affairs allows students to pursue their interests in world politics, which is rewarding in and of itself. While studying this field, students develop important marketable skills for global careers: critical thinking and analysis of complex topics, theoretical and structured thinking, efficient communication in written and oral form, and social and leadership skills to coordinate groups and manage conflicts. These transferable skills prepare students for a wide variety of careers or pursuing a PhD or law degree.
The program offers personalized learning opportunities in a vibrant environment. In order to facilitate placement, faculty encourages students to make conscious decisions regarding their specialization and career planning. This includes becoming involved in professional networks through pertinent internships, conference participation, publication, and extracurricular activities that enrich student experience here at UTSA.
Admission & Application Requirements
Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.
|Global Affairs (MA)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution|
|Minimum GPA||3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours|
|Coursework||18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level|
|Transcripts*||Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English|
|Credential Evaluation||Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform|
|TOEFL/IELTS Score||550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)|
|Purpose Statement||Required 750-900 words describing research interest and why you're applying|
|Letters of Recommendation||2 letters demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)|
|*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.|
Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.
|Global Affairs (MA)|
|Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.|
|Priority||March 15||September 15||Not Available|
|International||June 1||November 1||April 1|
|Domestic||July 1||November 1||April 1|
UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.
- Presenting at the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research competition
- Presenting at regional and national conferences
- Independent Study, Research Practicum & Thesis option available