The Master in Global Affairs integrates rigorous coursework under the supervision of a multi-disciplinary faculty. Students will have the support of policymakers, members of international courts, members of NGOs, and an international network of students. We are proud of our strong partnership with the UN under the United Nations Academic Impact program. The program in Strasbourg will focus on the work of European Institutions and the protection of human rights in Europe. The classes will be complemented by numerous public meetings and forums held in Strasbourg by the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Parliament. 

In the classroom, students will engage with a range of government officials, nongovernmental organizations, journalists, business and religious leaders, advocates and activists from both civil societies and social movements, and scholars with expertise in global issues.

This twelve-month professional degree is offered by the University Rey Juan Carlos, as a Master-Título Propio. It will provide you with competent and effectual leadership skills while preparing you for careers in multilateral international institutions, government and nongovernmental organizations, civil societies, diplomatic corps and for various careers in the private sector. We will prepare you for a career in policymaking and peacebuilding with a focus on working towards a sustainable world. The Master in Global Affairs operates under the themes of a respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

Course structure:

Semester 1 : Madrid, Spain (September, October) and Strasbourg, France (November, December).

Semester 2: Prince Edward Island, Canada (February-April) + internship/thesis period (May – location will depend on the student’s project)


Core Curriculum: The first semester provides all participants with a broad foundation in global affairs that will serve them throughout their career. It will provide the basis for the more specialized coursework in their chosen concentration during the second semester. The courses will be based in Strasbourg. However, during this first semester, students must attend one week of seminars at the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid and a brief multi-day course in Geneva, Switzerland. All students are required to take the following courses (360 h/c):


1. Democracy vs Rule of Law. (60 h/c). 30 lecture hours+ 30 research hours. Prof. Frank Emmert. IUPUI-IU.

  • Wealth and Poverty Nations.
  • The Rule of Law on the International Agenda.
  • Democracy vs Rule of Law.

 2. Economy and International Development. (60 h/c) 30 lecture hours+ 30 research hours. Prof F. Daniel Gayo. URJC- Spain. 

  • Economic Globalization, International Economic Organization and Development Policies.
  • International Integration and Economic Globalization.
  • Economic Development and Social Cohesion.
  • Poverty, Inequality and Economic Development: Concepts and Indicators for Public Policies.


 3. Globalization and International Organizations: Economic – Legal, and Policy Challenges. (60 h/cr) 30 lecture hours+ 30 research  hours. Prof. Javier Esguevillas. URJC/IUPUI-IU.


4. Regional Economic and Political Integration (20 h/cr) 12 lecture hours + 8 research hours. Attended in Geneva; University of Geneva. Prof Juan Flores.


5. Internationalization of Cities and Regions(80 h/cr) Common Online Course attended both by Strasbourg and Canada students. Prof: Victor Godinez. UNAM -Mexico

  • International Action by Local and Regional Governments.
  • Traditional Models and New Trends in the Internationalization Process of the Local Territories.
  • Public Policies and Public Institutions Relevant for the Internationalization of Cities and Regions.
  • Cooperation in the Public Sector: the External Action on Local Governments Renewal.
  • The Real Impact of Cities and Regions in the International and Regional Agendas: the External Action of Local Governments.


6. The Council of Europe (60 h/c). MSc. Edoardo Rossi.


7. Diplomacy and Global Affairs(30 h/c); 20 lecture hours+ 10 research hours. Prof. Adolfo Ayuso. Diplomat. SEM


8. Additional requirements include 30 h/c of Social Research Methodology and Thesis Writing


Students are required to complete a minimum of five courses in any one of the available concentrations. Each concentration has one required capstone course, and students can select the remaining courses from a list of designated electives. Capstone courses in one concentration are available as electives to students in the other concentrations (225 h/c).



  • Democracy vs Rule of Law.
  • Economy and International Development.
  • Globalization and International Organizations: Economic – Legal, and Policy Challenges.
  • Regional Economic and Political Integration.
  • Internationalization of Cities and Regions.
  • The Council of Europe.
  • Diplomacy and Global Affairs.
  • Gender, Violence and Peace.
  • Research methodology and Thesis writing.
  • Final Thesis.



  • Art in the crossroads of politics and economics.
  • European Union  Civilian Crisis Management.
  • International Climate Change: Diplomacy and Policies.
  • Comparative Human Rights on the Americas.
  • Food and Human Security.
  • Comparative Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.
  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Public Diplomacy Between Law and Policy.
  • Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations in Int’l Development.
  • United Nations – Past, Present, and Future.
  • Elective Courses for future editions



Students have the right to create a final thesis or to be part of the Internship Program as their final project.

Students have the option of preparing a final thesis of 50 pages (+/- 10%) under the supervision of one of the coordinators or faculty members.

However, the MGA believes that internships are an integral part of the MGA degree. The internship will provide significant contributions to students’ educational experience AND professional experience. The internship program enhances each student’s ability to integrate academic knowledge with practical application. All while working toward improving career opportunities and developing workplace relations and skills. The students must work for work for a minimum of 3 months for an NGO or an international organization and then prepare a final report of 25 pages (+/- 10%) about the practicum experience.

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