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Rutgers University - Newark : Division of Global Affairs

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Last update: September 1, 2017
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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 eight Areas of Inquiry (AI):

  • Ethics, Security, and Global Affairs
  • Global Governance
  • Human Security
  • Global Political Economy
  • International Law
  • History of International Business
  • Global Development
  • Human Rights & Mass Atrocities

Cutting across academic fields, DGA brings together faculty from Arts & Sciences (political science, history, sociology, economics, environmental studies, 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.

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

Curriculum

MA graduation requirements

DGA Course Requirements for New Students Entering After September 1, 2017
Total Number of Required Credits

40 Total Credits—Master of Science

  • 7 Areas of Inquiry (AI) courses—21 credits
  • 1 research methodology course—3 credits
  • 2 Capstone Colloquiua Series (a colloquium is a lecture series of 5 to 6 presentations on a given topic organized by a core DGA faculty, which students must write a 15 page paper on if they want to accumulate credit)—4 credits
  • 1 Foundation course
  • Three courses in a concentration—9 credits
  • Two additional courses—6 credits
  • Language Requirement—Students must demonstrate speaking and reading knowledge of one other language other than English. This is satisfied by: having completed 4 semesters of a language at Rutgers University or another accredited institution; by Passing a reading-knowledge examination at Rutgers University Language Institute; by taking the ACTFL Language Exam; or by having graduated from a foreign institution where courses were offered in a language other than English.

73 Total Credits—Ph.D.

  • Six core courses—18 credits
  • Two research methodology courses (one quantitative and one qualitative)—6 credits
  • Two semester of colloquium (a colloquium is a lecture series of 5 to 6 presentations on a given topic organized by a core DGA faculty, which students must attend if they want to accumulate credit) – 4 credits
  • Four courses in a concentration—12 credits
  • Four other DGA courses—12 credits
  • Dissertation research—21 credits
  • Language Requirement—Students must demonstrate speaking and reading knowledge of one other language other than English. This is satisfied by: having completed 4 semesters of a language at Rutgers University or another accredited institution; by Passing a reading-knowledge examination at Rutgers University Language Institute; by taking the ACTFL Language Exam; or by having graduated from a foreign institution where courses were offered in a language other than English.
  • NOTE #1: Ph.D. students must also pass a comprehensive exam and write and defend a dissertation. Once students have succeeded in their comprehensive exams and have started doing research on their dissertation, they must defend their Ph.D. proposal to move forward with their dissertation. Their Ph.D. committee should be comprised of 4 tenured faculty members: the chair of the committee, who must be a DGA core faculty member; another DGA core faculty member; another Rutgers University faculty member; and a non-Rutgers faculty member. The Ph.D. committee should have at least one expert on the topic of the dissertation.

Students

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

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Sources of funding available for students
Division of Global Affairs funding:
  • Teaching Assistantships
  • Graduate Fellowships
  • The Yale Ferguson Fellowship for Innovation in Global Affairs
  • The Simon Reich Fellowship for Research in Global Governance
  • Center for Emerging Threats in the 21st Century Fellowships

Rutgers University-based funding:

  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Eagleton Fellowships in Politics & Government
  • Rutgers-Newark Homeland Security Fellowship
  • USAID Research & Innovation Fellowships Program - South Africa
  • Dissertation Fellowships
  • Travel / conference funding grants (multiple offices)

External funding:

  • Fulbright Scholarships
  • IREX
  • Boren Awards
  • Rhodes Scholars
  • Social Science Research Council
  • National Science Foundation
Graduate careers

The DGA's MS and PhD programs enable students to pursue careers in:

  • American government agencies (Department of State, Department of Defense, etc)
  • Military
  • 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

Institution

Cooperation with programs outside the university

Division of Global Affairs-based Centers:

  • Center for the Study of Emergent Threats in the 21st Century

Rutgers University-based Partnerships:

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

External Partnerships:

  • Federation of Balkan American Associations (FEBA)
  • Global Studies Consortium
  • Three new international university exchange agreements to be announced in September 2017

Contact details

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

Phone
(973) 353-5585

Social Media
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RutgersDGA
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Rutgers_DGA
Instagram: www.instagram.com/RutgersDGA
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/383290/?pathWildcard=383290
Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA) Facebook: www.facebook.com/saga.rutgers 

 

Program email address:
Director
Richard O'Meara, JD, PhD