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Master's in Global Affairs | University of Oklahoma Online


Global Affairs







Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Department of International and Area Studies

College of International Studies


Make a Global Impact

Designed to deliver an international perspective on the political, economic, and social dimensions of global turbulence, OU’s Master of Arts in Global Affairs is affordable and completed in less than 24+ months online.

As one of the few universities to invest in a dedicated College of International Studies, OU is committed to global student experiences. From the international trip to the Global Affairs Practicum, students gain a practical understanding of foreign policy and international relations.

The Master of Arts in Global Affairs is a 33-credit hour program, completed within 24+ months online. Upon program completion, students will increase their knowledge of global affairs, enhance their ability to operate in a dynamic global environment and expand their global connections.

International Trip

Master of Arts in Global Affairs students have the opportunity to participate in a faculty-led overseas experience. Trips are led by faculty with deep knowledge of the area, which provides experiential learning necessary for anyone interested in working globally. The international trips are eight to ten days in length. Except for airfare and meals, the cost of the international trip is included in the program cost.

Diplomacy Lab

This goal of the Practicum is to give students the opportunity to engage on real world issues, both independently and in groups. The most recent Practicum focused on the Mediterranean Refuge and Migrant Crisis, with students addressing the crisis from either a governmental or a non-governmental (NGO) approach. Both groups produced research in the form of briefs and memos. Additionally, the government group created a policy prescription while the NGO produced an action plan to address this serious issue. 


Course sequence:

    Global Political Turbulence

    Global Economic Turbulence 

    Global Social Turbulence

    International Law and Institutions

    Latin American International Relations

    Culture, Power and the Global Environment

    Political Economy of China

    International Relations of the Middle East

    Global Affairs Practicum

    Arab-Israeli Conflict

    International Activism

    Politics of the European Union


    Online Courses

    Required Program Specific Study Abroad Expereince (8-10 days)

Admission Deadline:

    Rolling Admissions

Program Start Terms:

    Fall, Spring and Summer



Faculty Expertise

The faculty for the M.A. in Global Affairs have been carefully selected for their breadth of expertise, which span international hot spots like China and the Middle East. Faculty share this expertise with our students to prepare them to be global leaders for the problems of today and tomorrow.


Student Experience

Small class size means increased engagement and personal attention for each student. Our courses ensure you build strong connections with your classmates and learn from their experiences in the global environment.


Study Abroad

The education abroad experience is a nationally distinctive dimension of the online M.A. in Global Affairs. Interaction between students and with the professor during the international trip spills back into the online classroom. And the cost of the trip is covered in tuition (with the exception of airfare and some meals).

An Investment in Your Future

Tuition for the online Master of Arts in Global Affairs program is $27,000 for the entire program and includes an international learning experience (airfare and meals not included). Fees associated with the program are included in this cost. Books and materials are additional.

Once accepted into the M.A. program, students are required to submit a $350 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of acceptance. Deposits are applied toward your tuition expense, and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class.


Program Details

Admission to the online program is selective. Those interested in the program should have a competitive undergraduate GPA. Additional admissions factors may include work or service experience, demonstrated leadership potential, exceptional talents or skills, trends, or improvement in academic performance and undergraduate school performance.

To apply for the online program, students are asked to submit:

  • Online application and application fee of $50
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official undergraduate transcript from an accredited institution
  • Valid TOEFL exam score report (for international students)

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before the start of classes. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks from the time a completed application is submitted.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form above and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

In general, University Tuition Waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs or courses. This includes, but is not limited to, Graduate Assistant Tuition Waivers and faculty/staff waivers. 

If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please contact the Online Aid office by emailing or calling at 405-325-2929.

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Program Contacts:

Enrollment Counselor:

(405) 289-3477

Schedule a Time to Meet


Mitchell Smith, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Katie Watkins
Academic Advisor