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Master of Arts in Global Studies - Transnational Security and Migration

Master of Arts in Global Studies - Transnational Security and Migration

Brandeis University

Brandeis University, Waltham, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 12 months
As even casual attention to recent mass media outlets attests, the term "globalization" is widely used to refer to diverse—possibly even unconnected—processes in the economic, cultural, political, and environmental domains. What seems to characterize "global" phenomena such as climate change, transnational capital flow, and the internet, for example, is that their causes and effects ramify all across the earth, viewed both as a bio-physical totality and as a social space. In doing so, these and other global phenomena reveal unprecedented levels of interconnectedness that bring into play institutional agents and institutions that transcend local, national, and regional boundaries. The program in Global Studies is designed to provide students with analytical and methodological skills to investigate globalization both specifically and generally—specifically, by offering advanced training in one relevant academic concentration and independent research leading to a Master’s Thesis; and generally, by exposing students to a broad range of elective courses taught by faculty from the university’s School of Arts and Sciences, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, and International Business School. The program prepares students for a variety of professional and academic trajectories. For some students the MA degree will be an important credential for advancement in already-chosen career paths in government, NGOs, think tanks; for others the degree will be preparation for advanced professional degree programs in law, diplomacy, international health, etc.; and for others their Brandeis experience will be a stepping stone toward admission to the most selective doctoral programs. Transnational Security and Migration Students in the security track have the rare opportunity to study one of the critical threats to the security of contemporary societies - that is, the threat posed by radically anti-Western terrorist networks in Europe and the United States. Students will also become familiar with the tools security experts now use to assess such threats; tools such as cutting-edge software and political science methods of network analysis.