Welcome! Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is one of the few universities to offer the first fully developed UN studies program. Rutgers’ commitment to international education is embodied in its motto, “New Jersey roots, global reach.” Our M.A. Program in Political Science - United Nations and Global Policy Studies (UNMA) provides excellent preparation for those seeking to pursue careers in international affairs, whether through the Foreign Service, Peace Corps, the United Nations, international Non-Governmental Organizations, domestic NGOs, and the Academy. Areas of involvement include human rights, social and economic development, disarmament, conflict analysis, sustainable development, peacemaking and socially responsible investment.
Taught by a world class faculty, the program's curriculum offers our students cutting edge theoretical and conceptual understanding of the challenges facing the world, as well as provide them with the skills necessary to address these challenges. We are collaborating with representatives of the UN organization and UN member states, civil society and philanthropic organizations, the private sector and other universities - in the US and abroad.
I invite you to explore our website and contact us to discuss how our program fits your academic and career aspirations.
Eric Davis, PhD
Vice Chair for Master's Studies
Director, MA Program in Political Science -
United Nations and Global Policy Studies
Learning Goal 1
Develop basic understandings of the theory, institutions, policies and practices of the United Nations
- Take (required) Introduction to the United Nations Course (16:790:500)
- Focus on one of the curriculum concentrations offered by the UNMA
Learning Goal 2
Students become conversant in global policy studies
- All UNMA courses are focused on developing student skills as global policy analysts
- Students are required to write research and policy papers in all advanced level courses (i.e. beyond the two required courses – 16:790:500 Introduction to the United Nations and 16:790:501 Theory and Method in the Study of Global Affairs)
Learning Goal 3
Students apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge to the analysis of pressing global issues and suggesting solutions to them
- Take 36 credits of coursework, including 16:790:599 Capstone Seminar in United Nations and Global Policy Studies
- Complete internships
- Participate in the overseas studies, e.g., European Summer Institute at the International Center for Development and Decent Work, University of Kassel (Germany)