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Rutgers University - Newark : Division of Global Affairs

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Established 1995
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Last update: 4/27/17

The Division of Global Affairs (DGA) was established at Rutgers University - Newark in 2005.  Rutgers University - Newark is a Top 25 research university and the only institution in the United States to offer both MS and PhD degrees in Global Affairs.  In 2007, the PhD program at the Division of Global Affairs was ranked fifth in the nation in the Benchmarking Academic Excellence survey of Top Universities in Social and Behavioral Sciences Disciplines for 2006-07.  The main goal of DGA is to provide intellectual and practical training in seven Areas of Inquiry (AI):

  • Global Governance
  • Global Economics
  • Global Business
  • Security (Human, National, and International)
  • International Law
  • Global Development
  • Conflict & Resolution

Cutting across academic fields, DGA brings together faculty from Arts & Sciences (political science, history, sociology, economics, anthropology and others), the Law School (international law, international organizations, human rights law, comparative jurisprudence), the Business School (global political economy, international business and others), the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Nursing (in particular global health) and the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

The Master’s degree, with a more practical emphasis, prepares students to work in the public and private international sectors, as well as in non-governmental organizations, think-tanks, foundations, and media companies focusing on global issues.

The PhD, more academically oriented, is geared towards preparing future scholars eager to adopt and cultivate a planetary perspective on global issues from an interdisciplinary and multicultural standpoint. The PhD in Global Affairs can also be an excellent track for policy jobs at the global level requiring advanced expertise.

The Division of Global Affairs also offers dual degrees, including the Rutgers Business School (MBA/MS or MBA/PhD) and the Rutgers School of Law (MS/JD or JD/PhD). Students from the Division of Global Affairs can also benefit from the institutional partnerships that Rutgers University has established with universities around world.

The development and acquisition of foreign language skills is an integral part of the programs offered by the Rutgers Division of Global Affairs. Students are encouraged as well to undertake internships in relevant organizations to foster their ability to apply academic knowledge to practical endeavors and acquire professional experience.

Number of faculty: 22
Backgrounds of faculty

The Division of Global Affairs faculty is comprised of professors from the Newark and New Brunswick campuses within Rutgers University. They are selected to represent the fields of economics, environmental studies, global policy, global health, global and international law, international relations, anthropology, and global and international business among others. Professors are grouped according to DGA's specializations:

  • Conflict & Human Rights
  • Global Business & Economics
  • Global Governance
  • Global Policy
  • Human & Environmental Security
  • Methodology

Core faculty are members who dedicate their time to teach a minimum of one Global Affairs course per semester, mentor and supervise student theses and dissertations and are tenured or on a tenured track. Associate faculty are those who assist in the mentoring of Global Affairs students and are committed to the interdisciplinary nature of the program.  Uniquely, the Division of Global Affairs offers courses taught by professors of practice with distinguished careers in international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank.

To view faculty profiles, please click here.

To view faculty specializations, please click here


Student numbers and profile

Rutgers University - Newark is consistently ranked as the number one most diverse university in the United States.  Reflective of DGA's global inquiries, DGA graduate students hail from a variety of cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. Our classmates have served in the military, international police forces, the United Nations (including as consultants, program officers, and Ambassadors), other international governmental organizations, and various NGOs.

To view international student testimonials, please click here and here.
To view profiles of all of our PhD students, please click here

Please note that our website is undergoing major renovations. 

Sources of funding available for students
Rutgers Universty-based funding:
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Teaching Assistantships
  • Dissertation Fellowships
  • Travel / conference funding grants

External funding:

  • Fulbright Scholarships
  • IREX
  • Boren Awards
  • Rhodes Scholars
Graduate careers

The DGA's graduate programs—leading to the Master of Science in Global Affairs and the Doctor of Philosophy in Global Affairs—enable students to pursue careers in:

  • American government agencies (Department of State, Department of Defense, etc)
  • National agencies of other countries
  • International organizations (United Nations, EU, OSCE, etc) 
  • Multinational corporations 
  • NGOs 
  • Think tanks and research institutions 
  • Academia (faculty and administration)
  • Journalism and media


Cooperation with programs outside the university

Rutgers University-based Partnerships:

  • Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA)
  • Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights (CGHR)

External Partnerships:

  • Federation of Balkan American Associations (FEBA)
  • Global Studies Consortium

Contact details

Division of Global Affairs
Conklin Hall Room #220
Rutgers University
175 University Avenue
Newark, NJ  07102

(973) 353-5585

Social Media
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Program email address:
Richard O'Meara, JD, PhD