Global Studies Graduate Degree Program

Description

Global Studies is an emerging field dedicated to understanding globalization as a multidimensional process – one with serious social, cultural, political, environmental, and economic consequences. It calls for an interdisciplinary, historical approach to contemporary social problems. It also emphasizes the need to understand problems simultaneously in their local, national, and global (international and transnational) contexts.

To achieve these ends, the program combines the social sciences and the humanities. Our graduate students work closely with Global Studies faculty in conjunction with 23 Affiliated Faculty members from across the campus, providing access to a wide variety of disciplinary scholarship and expertise.

We offer both an MA and a PhD program. The programs share an academic core, and are distinguished by their relative emphases. The MA was founded to provide students wishing to pursue careers in civil society (broadly conceived) with the broad academic training and some of the practical experience required to do this intelligently; the PhD is intended to serve future academics as well as students targeting careers that require deeper academic training. The academic core of both programs combines multi-method research training with study in three related areas of specialization:

  • Global Political Economy and Development
  • Global Cultures and Ideology
  • Global Governance

MA in Global Studies

The Master of Arts (MA) in Global Studies is a terminal two-year degree, which provides an interdisciplinary academic foundation for students who wish to engage in or study global civil society, development, and governance. One of the primary missions is to send our students out into the world. During their first three quarters on campus, students become familiar with global studies debates, learn research skills, and define questions. The summer/fall quarter after the first year is typically spent abroad and/or in field research. This period may combine research and an internship -- or be dedicated to field research alone.

Most students pursue the MA degree as preparation for international careers in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, and global organizations, while others go on to seek a PhD in a related social science or humanities field. The MA program is on a separate track from the PhD program and is not necessarily a prerequisite to it.

PhD in Global Studies

The PhD program in Global Studies provides a unique interdisciplinary degree for students who wish to study global issues such as conflict, immigration, human rights, environmental sustainability, political-economy, culture and development from an interdisciplinary perspective. The degree typically involves a field studies component. It requires mastery of a second language, and the completion of a PhD thesis. The PhD is an academic program designed to train scholars of Global Studies in academic research and university-level teaching. An MA in Global Studies is not a required prerequisite of the PhD program.

  • Additional PhD program details: http://www.global.ucsb.edu/phd

    General Information

    Website http://www.global.ucsb.edu/
    Address Department of Global Studies
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    SSMS Building, 2nd Floor
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7065
    (USA)
    Phone (805) 893-4668
    Email gd-global@global.ucsb.edu
    Degrees Offered MA, PhD
    Requirements
    • Online application (https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp)
    • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
    • GRE General test scores (no minimum scores)
    • TOEFL scores: minimum of 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT) or 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores: Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable).
    • Writing sample of 15-20 pages (submitted online)
    • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
    Deadlines Fall Only – December 15, for the following academic year (by 11:59 PM PST)
    Emphases Optional PhD interdisciplinary emphases in Demography; Environment and Society; Information Technology & Society
    Specializations Global Political Economy and Development; Global Cultures and Ideology; Global Governance
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        • Address
          • Department of Global Studies
            University of California, Santa Barbara
            SSMS Building, 2nd Floor Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7065
            (USA)
        • Phone
          • (805) 893-4668
        • Degrees Offered
          • MA, PhD
        • Requirements
            • Online application (https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp)
            • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
            • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
            • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
            • GRE General test scores (no minimum scores)
            • TOEFL scores: minimum of 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT) or 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores: Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable).
            • Writing sample of 15-20 pages (submitted online)
            • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
        • Pre-Application
          • No Pre-Application Necessary
        • Deadlines
          • Fall Only – December 15, for the following academic year (by 11:59 PM PST)
        • Emphases
          • Optional PhD interdisciplinary emphases in Demography; Environment and Society; Information Technology & Society
        • Specializations
            Global Political Economy and Development; Global Cultures and Ideology; Global Governance