Global Studies Graduate Degree Program

Description

Global Studies is an emergent field concerned with understanding the historical and contemporary phenomenon of globalization in all its aspects, distinguished from prior and neighboring fields by its engagement with transnationalism, problem focus, and exploration of interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and trans-disciplinary modes of inquiry.

The program combines social sciences and the humanities, providing a unique interdisciplinary approach. The program is taught by leading scholars, many of whom helped establish this emerging interdisciplinary field and who are internationally recognized for their innovative theoretical, empirical and pedagogical contributions. Candidates will 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/expertise. The MA and PhD programs are built around three related areas of specialization:

  • Global Political Economy, Development and Environment
  • Global Culture, Ideology, and Religion
  • Global Governance, Human Rights, and Civil Society

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 the dimensions of global civil society that affect our contemporary world in significant ways. One of the primary missions is to send our students out in the world. During the first three quarters on campus, students become familiar with global studies debates, learn research skills, and define questions. The subsequent summer/fall quarter after the first year represent a phase that can be spent abroad on field research and public engagement in a case-study site (or two sites compared). This period can 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), business or government, and others 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 desire to study global issues such as conflict, immigration, human rights, environmental sustainability and development and the challenges these issues prevent for sustainable peace, equality and prosperity. The degree typically involves a field studies component, 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 Emphasis - Environment and Society
    Specializations Global Political Economy, Development and Environment; Global Culture, Ideology, and Religion; Global Governance Human Rights, and Civil Society
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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 Emphasis - Environment and Society
        • Specializations
            Global Political Economy, Development and Environment; Global Culture, Ideology, and Religion; Global Governance Human Rights, and Civil Society