Division of Global Affairs Graduate Program

“…legal borders are of decreasing significance because they are often transcended or incongruent with actual patterns of identities and authority in an increasingly globalizing world that is simultaneously buffeted by powerful forces of fission and fusion.”

-Yale Ferguson, Professional Fellow and Co-Founder of the Division of Global Affairs


Global Affairs Graduate Program

The Division of Global Affairs is an interdisciplinary graduate program based on the Rutgers University Newark campus and dedicated to preparing students for diverse career paths at the international and global level.  Offering Certificates, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Global Affairs, as well as a number of Joint Programs, DGA offers an unparalleled learning environment which gives students access to a network of academics and practitioners in the field.  Currently, DGA is the only global affairs graduate program offering a Ph.D.

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As a University strongly committed to graduate education and research, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, provides graduate programs of exceptional academic quality taught by distinguished faculty. Chartered in 1766, Rutgers is one of the nation’s premier research institutions and a member of the select Association of American Universities. The Rutgers-Newark campus is conveniently located in the center of a diverse and thriving educational, professional, and cultural community in the downtown area of New Jersey’s largest city. Just 15 minutes by rail from midtown Manhattan, Newark is a major commercial center in its own right. The Division of Global Affairs (DGA) has become a vital participant in the educational and professional life of the New York metropolitan area, in addition to, northern New Jersey, and the city of Newark. Whether it’s the United Nations or NY-NJ Port Authority, DGA’s advantageous location offers students many options for internships during the school year.

Our Vision

Central to DGA’s focus is the relationship between globalization and the dynamic role of governments, international and regional organizations, corporations, NGOs and civil society. Global affairs is an academic theme that presents itself as an alternative to the traditional approach of international affairs. Compared to international affairs, which emphasizes the State as the primary actor of international relations, global affairs stresses the three following elements: a) economic and political relations at the global level; b) the increased role of non-governmental actors, transnational networks, corporations and individuals; c) being an interdisciplinary field, calling upon a variety of fields in the humanities, social sciences, law and others, to tackle issues in a global perspective. Although there are only a handful of university programs dealing with global affairs, the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University-Newark offers a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy.

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