Gain the real-world experience needed to make a global impact

About the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations

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 Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations at Northeastern University provides the real-world training to develop key skills to advance your career.

You will have the opportunity to:  

  • Select the learning format that meets your needs. Earn your degree 100% online, on campus in Boston, Seattle or Charlotte, or a hybrid format that combines the two. 
  • Customize your coursework. You'll focus your study on one of the world's six major regions and pick one of the following four concentrations: Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, Global Health and Development or Interational Economics and Consulting. 
  • Learn from faculty with decades of experience. They've been ambassadors, foreign service officers, diplomats, international consultants, higher education consulting experts and experts in development policy. 
  • Gain critical skills. Analyze, evaluate, and immediately apply your learning to real-life challenges in the field or in your current position.
  • Travel abroad. Go to a foreign country with your classmates for an optional international field study for firsthand research and consulting.

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"I couldn't be happier with this program. I searched for programs to fit my busy schedule and no one offered anything quite like Northeastern. Every professor has surpassed my expectations." 

Mariah Walker

College of Professional Studies, MS' 18

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experiential lifelong learning. Our approach of integrating real-world experience with education, research, and innovation empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create worldwide impact.? ?

Our global university system provides our community and academic, government, and industry partners with unique opportunities to think locally and act globally. The system—which includes 13 campuses across the U.S., U.K., and Canada, 300,000-plus alumni, and 3,000 partners worldwide—serves as a platform for scaling ideas, talent, and solutions.

Northeastern’s personalized, experiential undergraduate and graduate programs lead to degrees through the doctorate in 10 colleges and schools across our campuses. Learning emphasizes the intersection of data, technology, and human literacies, uniquely preparing graduates for careers of the future and lives of fulfillment and accomplishment.

Our research enterprise, with an R1 Carnegie classification, is solutions-oriented and spans the world. Our faculty scholars and students work in teams that cross not just disciplines, but also sectors—aligned around solving today’s highly interconnected global challenges and focused on transformative impact for humankind.

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