Baker Institute, Social Sciences launch new master's program in global affairs

Rice University will welcome its first cohort to the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) during the 2015-2016 academic year. The MGA is a unique, two-year Master of Arts degree developed by the Baker Institute for Public Policy and the School of Social Sciences.

The MGA program combines the academic strengths of Baker Institute fellows and Rice faculty with a hands-on policy curriculum that prepares students to become leaders in the global arena. Required first-year courses in complex systems, international conflict, domestic institutions, micro- and macro- economics and research methods will provide a firm grounding in modern approaches to global affairs. In the second year, students will pursue in-depth studies in one of three areas: international political economy, international security, or international political development. This concentrated coursework will be combined with an internship and capstone workshop on the chosen topic, and will delve into real-world policy aspects of the subject.

“We are proud to partner with the School of Social Sciences on this important degree,” said Baker Institute director Edward Djerejian. “At the Baker Institute, our goal is to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. Students in the program will benefit from our fellows’ expertise on key issues facing governments, the private sector and society today and the institute’s national and worldwide connections.”

Applicants for the program must have a B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited college or university, approved GRE scores and excellent critical thinking and communication skills.

The deadline to apply for entry to the 2016-2017 MGA cohort is February 1, 2016.

For more information on the Master of Global Affairs program, including application requirements, visit