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    The College of Public and International Affairs Master of Arts in Global Development is designed to prepare future civil servants and business professionals for careers in global development, conflict transformation, and other human security-related fields. Students can focus on one of four areas of study:

    1. Political Economy and Development

    2. Culture and Conflict Resolution for students interested in a career in government or a non-governmental organization.

    3. Global Management for students with an interest in international business.

    4. Global Communications for students interested in a career as a spokesperson for an international organization or a career in public diplomacy.

    Students will be expected to have or to develop a working knowledge of one foreign language.

    Students will spend a minimum of two months in an overseas internship. The program can be completed in five semesters including a summer semester for completion of the internship. For more info please see the Master’s Program fact sheet (PDF) and the Program brochure.

    *The University of Bridgeport holds NGO status with the United Nations Department of Public Information and is also part of the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative.

    Learning Outcomes

    The Master of Arts in Global Development & Peace has the following learning outcomes:

    • Students will be able to explain and compare the major extant models for socioeconomic development
    • Students will demonstrate that they have acquired the the quantitative and qualitative research skills needed to undertake effective planning, analysis and implementation of projects related to socioeconomic development or conflict resolution.
    • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the institutional prerequisites for good governance in developing countries
    • Students will demonstrate an appreciation of the impact that religion and culture can have on socioeconomic development
    • Students will demonstrate the basic skills needed for effective communication and negotiation.
    • Students will demonstrate skills needed in problem solving and in project management through an overseas internship
    • Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of a second language in addition to English.

    * Note for all academic programs in the College of Public and International Affairs, a portfolio is collected to track progress in programmatic outcomes

    Sample Semester Breakdown of Course of Study for the Global Management Track
    Semester I

    • Issues in Economic Development 3
    • International Conflict and Negotiation 3
    • Sociopolitical Implications of the World Religions 3
    • Leadership, Teams and Managing Change* 3

    Semester II

    • Research Methods and International Development 3
    • International Issues* 3
    • Political and Economic Integration 3
    • Culture and International Development 3

    Semester III

    • Internship (overseas or domestic students) 3

    Semester IV

    • Global Market Management* 3
    • Tutorial 3
    • Thesis 3

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    A bachelor’s degree , or its equivalent , from an accredited university or recognized international institution Recommended cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher Two years of college lan guage study or the equivalent ( must be completed by the end of the program) Ability to travel internationally to complete an overseas internship
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