UN Studies (UNMA)

Scholarships, Fellowships and Stipends**

This scholarship information is foraged on behalf of any student applying into an M.A. program.  These scholarships are not sponsored by Rutgers University and it should be noted  that all information and requirements are subject to change throughout the application process.  We encourage all students to apply if they are eligible. 

**Each category is categorized based on what is known at the time, it is highly suggested that if you are seeking scholarship, you research each one to determine for yourself if you are eligible. You will also be fully responsible to research due dates, requirements and directions on how to apply in the event that this database is incorrect.

Director's Welcome

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Dear Visitor:

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
Email: emdavis@polisci.rutgers.edu
Tel.: (848)932-9322

Learning Goals

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) 

Career Pathway

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of enrolling in the UNMA program at Rutgers?

The only program in the United States completely focused on the United Nations at an advanced level, students gain the skills of a liberal arts degree to better prepare them for work in international policy sectors and/or continuation of Ph.D. study.

Where are courses offered?

Courses are offered at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and at Marymount Manhattan College on the Upper East Side of New York City via a video-wall and/or online.

What are the requirements for obtaining a degree from the UNMA program?

In order to complete the UNMA program, students are required to enroll in three mandatory courses along with 27 credits of supplemental courses from a desired concentration. The mandatory courses are:

  • -Theory and Methods in the Study of Global Affairs (3 credits)
  • -Introduction to the United Nations: Theory, Institutions, Policy and Processes (3 Credits)
  • -Capstone Seminar in United Nations & Global Policy Studies(3 Credits) *Only offered during the spring*

What are Curriculum Concentrations?

Offering specialized courses in a variety of global policy areas, our concentrations help students narrow down their interest areas and provide specialized information when applying for employment post-graduation.

Are there employment opportunities for students on campus and within the UNMA program?

Currently the UNMA does not offer fellowships, Teaching Assistant or graduate assistant aid for students. However outside grants are available through the Graduate School-New Brunswick Financial Support page. Employment is available on campus with many of our students working as graders for undergraduate political science courses, phone interviewers at the Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and within the student centers on campus.

For more information on student employee opportunities, visit the student employment office page for job listings.

Where do graduate students live on campus?

Graduate students who wish to live on campus have several apartment style options through the Rutgers Housing Office. Housing is available on Livingston and Cook Campus, along with special family housing for students with families. Apartments are available for nine month and twelve month leases. More information on housing available here.

How can I stay connected with the Rutgers UNMA program?

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