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Online Master’s in Global Affairs | OU Online





Make a Global Impact

The OU Online M.A. in Global Affairs is a 33-credit-hour program designed to deliver an international perspective on global turbulence's political, economic, and social dimensions. Graduates will increase their knowledge of global affairs, enhance their ability to operate in a dynamic global environment and expand their global connections while gaining a practical understanding of foreign policy and international relations.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring

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Benefits of the Global Affairs Master's Degree

Faculty Expertise

Learn from OU faculty carefully selected for their global affairs expertise spanning international hot spots like China and the Middle East. Faculty share this expertise with our students to prepare them to be global leaders for today's and tomorrow's problems.

Study Abroad

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

Flexible Format

Learn in a flexible online program designed for working professionals. You’ll engage in online discussions with professors and fellow students while gaining the advanced skills and hands-on experience needed to take your career to the next level.


OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation*


OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more*


OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field*

*Source: OU Online Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2023

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Pursue Your Global Affairs Master's Degree

Take the next step in your career with a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for fall, spring, and summer sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

The diplomacy lab practicum allows students to engage in real-world issues independently and in groups.

International Trip

The international trip is led by faculty with deep knowledge of the area, which provides experiential learning necessary for anyone interested in working globally. International trips are 8-10 days in length. Except for airfare and meals, the international trip cost is included in the program cost.

Diplomacy Lab

The diplomacy lab practicum aims to allow students to engage in real-world issues independently and in groups. The most recent internship focused on the Mediterranean refugee and migrant crisis, with students addressing the problem from 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 created an action plan to address this serious issue. 

  • 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 in the Middle East
  • Global Affairs Practicum
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • International Activism
  • Politics of the European Union 

How to Apply

Admission to the online M.A. in Global Affairs 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, skills, or trends
  • Academic and undergraduate school performance improvement

To apply, students must:

  • Complete the online application at
  • Submit a current resume or CV
  • Provide official college transcripts from all institutions
  • Submit a personal statement
  • 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 classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form below, 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. 

Graduate tuition waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs. OU Online programs qualify for the OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver & Fee Exemption, and we encourage you to check your eligibility.  

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

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Same Academic

Like every OU Online program, the M.A. in Global Affairs is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.  

An Investment in Your Future

Earning an M.A. in Global Affairs degree from OU Online gives you the skills to succeed in a growing and evolving field. It also gives you access to career support and an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community. Stand out where the industry is moving while enjoying the potential for higher pay, career advancement, and new opportunities.

Tuition and fees for the program are $26,994 ($818 per credit hour). Books and additional materials are not included.

Once accepted into the program, students must submit a $350 nonrefundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class. There is no application fee for this degree.

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Why OU Online?

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Our Online Programs

Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

Our OU Family

When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.

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